You can’t fight nature
I remember arguing with my Mum when I was 5 years old, that she should have married a man with a smaller nose and ears that didn’t stick out. The blessings didn’t stop there though! I also inherited my Dad’s mouth – complete with the thin top lip that disappears the moment you smile. Thanks genetics, I hate you.
What do the cosmetic companies advise?
“Use your lip liner outside the natural lip line to make it appear bigger, and then add your lipstick over the top”
Great, but I don’t wear lipstick! And even if I did, I’d have to colour so far over my natural lip line, I’d be left looking like a clown! Not the look I’m going for when I leave the house….
So what do I do now?
So what are my options? Buy lipsticks that promise lip-plumping? Been there, done that. Multiple times. They didn’t work.
Waste money on the internet gadgets that promise me an inflated lip, involving some weird suction thing? Pass.
Cover my lips with honey and hope a wasp will sting me evenly all over my top lip? (but not too much stinging, because let’s be honest, that hurts!) Er….no.
It’s not fair!
Nothing worked, and I’m not ashamed to admit, I was starting to get lip envy.
So what did I do?
Meet my new best friend – Lip Fillers. They’ve been around for years now, but if you are anything like me, you’ve been dubious of having anything ‘done’ to your face. It might not be great, but it’s the only face I’ve got, and I plan on wearing it for the rest of my life!
What changed my mind?
Collagen is something your body naturally produces. As we get older, it slows down and gets ‘less plump’. Introducing collagen into my lips gives me what genetics so cruelly robbed me of. A top lip! My body will naturally break the collagen down slowly over 3 months, and it will be disposed of naturally within the body, like any normal waste. It’s the perfect crime!
Will I look like a duck?
Hey, I can’t help how you pose for photos.
Ok, I’ll admit it; I was so excited by my new mouth, and the fact I finally had a lip to pout with, I was guilty for the first two weeks of doing nothing but duck pouts! And I wore lipstick for the first time in years. Loved every second of it.
No, you won’t look like a duck. Fillers enhance the natural shape of your lip by increasing the volume.
So what happened? Be honest – did it hurt?!
I’m a big baby. I’ll cry if I get a splinter. I wanted a top lip, but I wasn’t going to do it if it hurt! Did it hurt? NO.
Let me walk you through it.
- First, they put numbing cream on my lips. Loads of it. I looked like I’d face-planted into a snow drift. But hey, it worked.
- Next was the collagen lip filler. Yes, It’s injected but there is honestly nothing to worry about, the needle is really fine and short. I couldn’t feel it – I was lovely and numb! I was aware the filler was going in. My lips felt fuller and I guess the very worst it felt was as if I was being slightly pinched. All in all, it took about 30 minutes.
- Then what? Well, then I was all done! Checked it out in the mirror, was amazed and SO pleased with the result. Off home I went, smiling at absolutely everyone.
What about kissing?
Let’s be honest, we’ve all wondered it. I wondered it too, especially as I was booked on a first date, two days later! I’m extremely pleased to be able to reassure you that my date was unaware that I had been ‘enhanced’ in any way. And yes, I tested the new pout with a small smooch at the end of the date. Everything still worked and no loss of sensation. Second date was even requested. Well done, me!
What are the downsides?
It’s not permanent. After being so wary of having it done, I fell in love with the results and wanted them to stay!
After having lip fillers, you’ll need to use some lip balm. Not excessive amounts, but the lips will need to be moisturised. I wasn’t used to needing any!
Would you recommend it?
Without a doubt. I wish I’d done it earlier.
So now what?
Well, now I’m qualified to administer lip fillers. I know exactly how it feels to want something ‘improved’, but also the concerns you have over having things done. I know, because I had them all too.
I think I might want to know a bit more about it, who can I talk to?
As with anything, it’s very important that you have confidence in whomever you’re considering to do your cosmetic treatment.
- Talk to them about your concerns and your wishes. They’ll need to take photos to do a proper assessment (don’t worry, it’s all confidential!), and they should talk you through the procedure.
- Make sure you pick a healthcare professional, not everyone who offers Fillers has a medically trained background. This is vital.
- The clinic needs to be clean, well lit and offer you some privacy.
- You should always be given chance to think about the treatment. Consultations and initial treatments for lip fillers should not be carried out on the same day. The consultant will need time to plan your treatment, and you need time to be able to change your mind, should you want to.
- The general rule is always start off small. You can always go back after a couple of weeks and get a ‘top up’. Think of it like adding sugar to your tea – you can always add more, but you can’t take it out!
Can I come and see you about lip fillers?
Of course you can! Call up to make an appointment for a chat about lip fillers. We’re on 01793 200036. We’ll make you a tea or coffee, and have a chat about what you’re looking for. There’s no charge for this – I just want you to get your questions answered and feel more comfortable about the procedure. There might even be biscuits….
You can book a consultation or request a price list here >>> https://smilescentre.co.uk/aesthetics/