Pleased as punch with my new pucker

Before and after from top to bottom

As I sit here the next morning re-editing this post, my lips are admittedly pretty swollen, more than in the photo I took yesterday. I can rest assured that they will go back down since, unlike with Botox, you’re able to see immediate effects of filler and if your doctor works with you on the look you’d like to achieve, you can put the kibosh on adding more.

I had been wanting to put filler in my lips for a while, though am not after the “I’m having an allergic reaction to strawberries” look! Based on what I know about my doctor, he’s very conservative in his approach to cosmetic procedures, meaning he prefers a more natural look, so I had little concern that I wouldn’t like the results. Plus, I do Botox with him, have done a chemical peel, and use his skincare products- Zelens– so clearly I’m a big fan of his!

Why am I admitting to plumping my lips??! Because I’ve heard so many women talk about how they’d like to do it, but are too nervous about what they would look like afterwards, that their lips would be huge and never go down or that the injections will hurt. While it’s true that your lips will be swollen initially, probably more than you’d like especially the next day- mine are pretty puffy this morning- they will settle down to look as they did when you left the doctor’s office! The injections were only mildly uncomfortable and no anesthetic was required.

From Marie Claire:

So, what is it?
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of your body’s connective tissue that maintains skin’s strength and elasticity.

What does it do? 
Hyaluronic acid can retain over a 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s super-hydrating and helps to give you a bright appearance by keeping cells plumped and strong.

Who should use it?
As we age, the natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease. Mostly found in anti-ageing creams for mature skin, hyaluronic acid is quickly becoming a preventative treatment and skin staple for younger people looking to stave off the effects of ageing for as long as possible. Continuous use of hyaluronic acid ensures you retain moisture and elasticity in your skin.

Here’s my advice: if you’re interested in filling lines or plumping your lips, you should definitely consider filler. The good news is that like Botox, hyaluronic fillers wear off and have longterm rejuvenating effects, but if you don’t like the results you don’t have to commit to them forever.

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