What It's Really Like To Get Lip Fillers Like Kylie Jenner
From someone who's had good and bad experiences with fillers.
"Lip fillers seem to be everywhere right now and the fact that it seems like every celebrity under the sun is having Juvéderm definitely influenced my decision to try them. Because they are becoming so common and are so readily available I felt like the procedure itself was really no big deal, and that anyone who came recommended would pretty much be fine.
A year down the line and what I've learnt is that there is definitely not one simple 'fits-all' method to the procedure and that everyone's lips are totally different - so if you want good results, you really do need someone with lots of experience, who knows exactly what they're doing.
Here's my good (and bad) experience with lip fillers.
"The first time I had them done, was by a woman who came recommended by a friend. Stupidly, I didn’t actually do any research into HER qualifications and background because I thought I was getting a cheaper deal at £150 and I knew other people who's lips she'd done, so just went along with it.
To be honest the procedure itself was extremely painful. Although numbing cream was applied to my lips before hand, you could feel both the needle and filler be injected into your lips and physically stretching them out as it went in. It was definitely uncomfortable and took around 10-15 minutes. Once it was all over it felt very odd as my lips felt hard, unnatural and sore.
Apart from being told to rub out any lumps with my forefinger and thumb (gross) and apply ice to help with the swelling, I wasn't given much in the way of after care advice. Over the next 24 hours, my lips were almost unbearably sore, dry and cracked, too. Although I could feel the filler inside my lips, it was too sore to massage out any lumps and by this point they were also very bruised.
After the swelling had gone down, I was actually a little self conscious for a while. They didn't look BAD, but to me, they appeared slightly uneven, and the filler seemed to sit on the outside of my lip line rather than actually filling my lips. This kind of just made me think that perhaps fillers didn't 'work' for my lips, and it was more me and my lips, than the practitioner I'd seen, which I've since learnt is definitely not the case."
"Almost a year after having my first initial treatment, I visited Dr Esho at Le Beau Ideal on Harley Street. Having this time thoroughly researched the best places to have lip fillers done, (I wasn't going to go through another traumatic experience, thanks) I came across Dr Esho, who has Charlotte Crosby, Holly Hagan and Marnie Simpson under his client list, along with loads of positive before and after pictures on social media crediting his work – so I already trusted his credentials way more.
From the get-go, the whole experience was completely different. Dr Esho talked me through each different type of juvederm filler and what they can do - funny really as at this point, I literally didn't even know there was more than one type. He also explained the different methods of injecting the filler, and he asked my opinion and wanted to know exactly what I wanted to get from the treatment.
I was then given a full-on dental block (the injection you have when having a filling) and so after that initial injection, I couldn't feel a thing and was quite relaxed having the procedure done.
The actual injections took longer this time (around 25-30 minutes), with Dr Esho talking me through each step of what he was doing, forever stepping back and checking from every angle to see if more filler was needed. He was definitely being way more thorough and it felt like the whole treatment was individually catered to me, and my lips!"
"After it was all done, I was given a pre and post lip balm to apply to keep my lips super hydrated and in the best condition. I was also instructed to ice for 5 minutes at a time over the course of 24 hours, and take arnica tablets to help with the bruising.
It was probably a combination of the steps taken afterwards, and the actual procedure itself but I didn't have half as many problems during the after-care period the second time around. There was absolutely no pain post-procedure and although I did suffer from bruising and slight swelling, there was definitely less puffiness to the area, so I didn't look like a duck this time AND my lips didn't get dry, crack or hurt at all.
I was 100% happy with the results the second time around. They looked natural and Dr Esho had listened exactly to what I'd wanted and was able to perfect the shape of my lips into how I wanted them to look. Yes, it's more expensive (it's £400 for a ml of filler at Le Beau Ideal) but there's absolutely no question whether that's worth it in my mind."
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFOREHAND
"I couldn't stress more the importance of doing your research before getting lip fillers. Yes, it might be more expensive going to a more reputable place, but in the long term you'll save money and be way happier with the results.
It's also important to bear in mind that everyone's lips are different and you might actually need more filler than you think to achieve the look you want, which will obviously end up being more costly too.
The fillers break down with your body's own metabolism, so can last anything from four months to a year, but if you have 'top up' sessions every six months this will obviously last longer."
- By Chloé Burcham.
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