When I was younger I never looked at my lips and thought anything about them. They were a decent shape, although my bottom lip was bigger than the top lip, but that’s how lips are supposed to look. It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I remember a male friend of mine making fun of my lips. He commented on how the bottom is full but my top lip was missing. Men are dumb! Sorry men, not all of you, but men in their 20’s say and do dumb shit. Of course he did want a relationship with me and I didn’t want one with him which probably made him want to say dumb shit just to hurt me cause he couldn’t get what he wanted. Anyway, for some reason that insecurity really stuck with me. As I got older I noticed my top lip slowly getting smaller and I know that’s just another joy of aging. But I don’t like it!!!!!!!! Especially nowadays when all you see all over social media are women with these beautiful full lips. Now I can spot a fake lip a mile away and some women do take it overboard but I think full lips are a very attractive look. Especially in the latin community, most latin women have beautiful lips. My father is Puerto Rican but sadly he has no lips. What happened to you man!!!! Why would you do this to me????
After I got my Botox I contemplated about whether I should get my lips filled. Krissy who had done my botox was also very skilled in lip augmentation and when I went to her IG page I saw this very natural looking lip filler she had done on a client and my mind was set. I texted her and I was like “I want those”. So on her next visit to NYC, we set up a date and time and off I went. We sat down, we looked at some pics of lips and I told her my criteria. I wanted very natural looking lips. Nothing crazy, just a little plumping. I didn’t want it to be obvious but I wanted to not have to always overdraw my lips to look like I actually have them.
First step was numbing. I was nervous as hell thinking about how painful this might be. I started feeling my anxiety rise the closer we got to starting. I sat with the numbing solution on my lips for about 15 minutes or so. It feels like when you’ve gone to the dentist to fill a cavity. Below is a video of the beginning of the lip filling process. (Side note: please don’t mind that bit of nasty hair I have on my neck area. I’ve had those baby hairs forever and I don’t care to wax them off. I barely have hair left so I will keep the little bit I have).
Krissy used Juvederm Vollure, which is very soft and very natural looking and feeling. It’s also long lasting, which is great cause lip fillers are not cheap. This type of filler is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler which is generally used to fill fine lines and wrinkles. The injections themselves were not as bad as I thought they were. If you have ever had a tattoo it feels a bit similar. As the needle goes in you feel a pinch and as the product is injected you do feel a little burning. Nothing intense but sadly by the time she got to the right side of my fact the numbness had disappeared. Which reminds me of my first epidural with my first son. It didn’t seem to work on the right side of my body. It must be me, I am weird. So the right side did hurt but as soon as the initial filler is injected it seemed to numb up my lips anyway and after that I didn’t feel a thing.
After the injections my lips looked great (top pic is right after fillers were injected). It wasn’t until that evening I was like “wtf is this?”. I seriously looked like Will Smith from the movie Hitch. My top lip was ginormous and my son was like “what’s wrong with your mouth?” Don’t you love the unfiltered mouth of a child? Makes you feel so good. I was truly frightened they wouldn’t go down (bottom pic is with swelling).
The worst part about it was I had to get my kids from school looking like this. But as the days went on the swelling went down and I started to really enjoy the look of my lips. I have a little lumping but I’ve massaged my lips to decrease the lumps and honestly they don’t bother me at all and you can’t see them.
The pic in the beginning of the post is a before and after. I know you all must be thinking that there was nothing wrong with my lips but just know I had been overdrawing them with lip liner. Honestly it’s like I have my younger lips back. You’d never know I have fillers, it’s very natural and I can’t see myself ever going back to how my lips looked before. If only they could stay this way forever.
If you are interested in obtaining Krissy’s services you can go to her website at http://www.skinnovative.com. She is bicoastal and travels between LA and NYC.