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Lip fillers are becoming increasingly popular and they are also becoming more affordable. I’ve decided to put together a blog post on my experience with lip fillers because if you’re like me, you read up on then horror stories which puts you off getting them done. I love the look of fuller lips that look natural and aren’t OTT. I’ve had a couple of experiences in the past of lip fillers and I only had a very small amount put in so the difference was barely noticeable. I would recommend doing it that way so you can gradually build up the size to how you like them rather than crazy on your first go because it does change the way you look… massively!
My first experiences with lip fillers was in the summer when I had them done in Essex. I only had a small amount and it was mainly to my top lip to help make both my top and bottom lip equal. I had numbing cream so it was pretty much pain free (apart from a slight prick of the needle going in). Prices for lip fillers in Essex seemed to be a lot cheaper than in the South West of England where I live, however, it cost a lot in transport costs so I decided to look for some more local to me. Here is a before and after photo of my first experience with lip fillers. I had 1ml Juvederm injected into my top lip and a small amount in my bottom lip. Please bare in mind that my lips were still swollen in the after photo as the photo was taken that evening.
Here is a photo that I had taken once the swelling had gone down, 1/2 weeks post injections. All swelling had disappeared and my lips were looking more natural again yet slightly fuller in comparison to my lips before the treatment.
3/4 months had passed and I found someone in my local area who did mobile lip fillers… Perfect! Her name is Lisa and her company is called Lips and Faces Aesthetics. Her prices are affordable so it saves me having to travel across the country to get them done each time. Her services are very convenient because although she is based near Poole in Dorset (about a 30-40 minute drive from me), she travels to clients houses to conduct treatments. She also has over 10 years experience and I had seen lots of client reviews online so decided to contact her.
Two weeks ago I went to Lisa’s house to have 1ml Restylane injected in my top and bottom lip. It costs £150 for 1ml, £200 for 1.5ml and £240 for 2mls. It depends on what outcome you want as to which amount you go for, however, I find that 1ml is perfect for me. You do have the option of numbing cream which I personally would recommend having although it does take around half an hour to completely numb your lips. Having the injections without numbing cream is bearable but it is quite uncomfortable, so if you’re not great with injections on the best of days then I would suggest going for the numbing cream. I had more injections in my upper lip again compared to my lower lip. Lisa also provides a list of things to do after the treatment has been conducted which helps with swelling and the maintenance of the fillers in your lips.
Restylane itself is a gel like substance which needs to be massaged in your lips to spread it out. This helps to prevent any ‘lumps’ forming which you can sometimes feel. Lisa showed me how to massage them in and the technique is easy, it’s just like massaging a piece of blue tack.
A few hours after my treatment I had a bath and started to massage my top lip. I’m not sure if I should have done this so early after the treatment because that night I did experience some noticeable swelling. I panicked and read up about the swelling online which reassured me that this swelling is completely normal and is nothing to worry about. I also messaged Lisa who helped advise me on what to do, such as apply an ice pack to the area every half an hour and take Ibuprofen. Sleeping with your head upright on a pillow also helps as I found that my lips would look more swollen in the mornings. This swelling after the treatment is completely normal and most of the swelling went down after 2 days but all swelling had completely gone after 1 week.
Here is a photo of the swelling a few hours after:
Now that the swelling has completely gone down I am in love with the result! If you live in the south-west of England, I would totally recommend Lisa. She offers a variety of treatments, not just lip fillers. It’s so convenient that she can come to your house to carry out the treatment because I struggled to find somewhere in my town that did them. Whilst speaking with Lisa she also mentioned that she goes as far as Weston Super-Mare to carry out treatments! It was nice to have the treatment carried out by someone that provided great aftercare advice when I needed it. Even during the treatment, Lisa understood that I was nervous so explained everything to me and gave me a class of water to calm my nerves.
Here is a photo 1 week after the treatment:
So, 2 weeks ago today I had 1ml Restylane injected into my top and bottom lip. I am still extremely happy with the results and will definitely be using Lisa’s services again in the future. I may go for my next top up in around 4 months time because you will find that your lips will reduce in size after a few months. Here is a photo that I took today:
Here are the links to Lips and Faces Aesthetics on social media so you can see some other before and after photos taken by other clients: