Praise Queen Kylie for starting a lip revolution! Big pouty lips? YES PLEASE! It seems as though just about everyone these days is getting lip injections (or at least considering them).
But just like any sort of cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot of consideration that goes into getting your lips done. After all, no one wants to eff up their face! Just think about all the botched faces you’ve seen all over the internet… UM, NO THANK YOU! shivers Literally was my biggest fear.
Lucky for you ladies, I’ve got all the dos and don’ts on lip injections!
DO: Pick the right nurse/plastic surgeon/dermatologist
There are thousands of places that CAN give you lip fillers, but that doesn’t mean they’ll actually do a good job. Trust me, it’s ALL about the nurse injecting you. If your nurse knows what they’re doing, your lips will be BOMB AF. And if they don’t… well, sorry sis. Better luck next time! It’s your face ladies, make sure you’re going to a qualified doc!
1) Go to a reputable clinic or med spa. We live in a digital world where we have access to info at our fingertips – idk how the world worked before now, tbh. Just look up what places in your area have good rankings on Google and Yelp!
2) Look at the nurse’s work! Soooo many nurses who do injections have their own Instagram’s now. Makes it easy to lurk away!
3) Referral! This is the easiest. If you like a girl’s lips, just ask her who did them. It’s not rocket science sass intended
If you’re in the San Diego area, I HIGHLY recommend you go to Tiffany Ross at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Center. She is AMAZING!!! And don’t forget to say I referred you *wink*
DON’T: Go for the cheapest option
THIS IS YOUR FACE!!! Don’t go cheap because trust me, honey, you get what you pay for. Don’t be salty when your face is a mess because you wanted to save a few extra bucks. Fillers are PRICEY. A single syringe can range anywhere from $450-$950 (it ain’t cheap!)
DO: Figure out what filler you want
What even is lip filler? Well, honey, it’s hyaluronic acid (HA) – it’s what gives your lips the plump, hydrated look. However, like all good things in life, fillers aren’t created equal! Here are a couple different filler options:
- Juvederm Ultra XC: plump, full lips
- Juvederm Ultra Plus XC: the biggest molecule, so def use this one if you want the plumpest pout! Think Kylie Jenner!
- Juvederm Volbella: best for smoothing lips. Def a subtle and more natural look
- Restylane: allover lip volume
- Restylane Silk: with a small HA molecule, the result is super subtle, so best for smoothing the lips and defining the lip line
DON’T: Drink caffeine or alcohol and don’t take fish oil or Advil before.
Do you want swollen, bruised lips? NO, YOU DO NOT! It ain’t cute. Make sure to avoid caffeine, alcohol, fish oil, Advil, and other blood thinners for 3-4 days prior to getting lips injections. TRUST ME! And make sure you avoid alcohol for at least 24 hours after your injections, too. Or else they’ll swell up like balloons. Trust.
DO: Take Arnica and ice your lips.
Arnica is your BEST friend. It is literally the holy grail of lip fillers. Arnica helps prevent the swelling and bruising caused by injections, so make sure to take some every 4-6 hours for 2-4 days prior to injections as well as 2-4 days post-injection. Also, I started using Arnica gel topically following my injections, and trust me baby girl, this shit does wonders. BYE BYE NONSENSE!
Get it on Amazon Prime and it will be at your doorstep within 2 days! You’re welcome!
Also, as with anything swollen on your body, ICE IT BABY!
DON’T: Drink out of a straw or touch your lips after.
Do you want to eff of your new lips? NO! Drinking out of straws post-injection can def ruin the shape of your new lips (as well as kissing and any other sexual favor involving your lips hint hint wink wink). So, avoid doing these for a couple days! And don’t touch your lips with your hands either, you will ruin the shape doing this, too!!!
And most importantly:
DON’T FREAK OUT!
Your lips ARE GOING TO BE SWOLLEN!!! The first 3-5 days are the worst – like don’t go somewhere where you’ll be seen by people you know awkward laughs. And by the end of week 2, all swelling will be gone and your lips will be in their truest form! But TRUST ME, once the swelling goes down, you’re actually going to miss when they were big and swollen, believe it or not…
And, if you don’t like your new lips:
Worst case scenario, filler dissolves naturally. Or, if you don’t want to wait for the filler to dissolve, you can always go back to your doctor and have them dissolve the filler! TA DA! Get this: most places will actually do it for free with enzyme hyaluronidase if you don’t just love your lips (which I’m sure you will).
Everyone always asks how much I put in my lips: the very first time I got 1 full syringe injected. Now, I just do a touchup every 6 months with only 1/2 a syringe (it doesn’t last forever!).