I Got Lip Injections, and Here's What Happened

I Got Lip Injections, and Here's What Happened

If the title of this post surprises you, I totally understand. You may be thinking to yourself: 'Wait, she got her lips done?! But they look the same as they did before! " to which I would enthusiastically reply: "OMG, thank you." Let me break it down for you, friends— I've always been a little self-conscious of my upper lip. It's naturally a lot smaller than my bottom one, so to compensate for that, I would always overdraw my lip liner. But constantly worrying about the state of your lipstick is no way to live, and because I'm a firm believer that if you don't like something about yourself, you should feel free to change it, I did. I put aside my nearly paralyzing fear of needles and headed to DermaLounge (Le Marchand Mansion, 11523 100 Ave.), one of Edmonton's swankiest medispas and laser clinics. I explained to the doctor that I wanted my upper lip to look as it does when I'm wearing lipstick, and for the end result to be virtually indecernable to anyone but me. This procedure wasn't about pleasing anyone else but myself, and Dr. Akil instantly understood what I was looking for and put my mind at ease. He was also incredibly understanding and patient regarding my needle phobia, which made the experience all the more pleasant. If any of you are considering getting injectables of any kind, my biggest tip to you is to do your research and find a doctor or practitioner that listens to your concerns and is able to deliver on them. Check out their previous work (most share before and afters on their Instagram accounts) to see if their aesthetic aligns with yours, and don't be afraid to seek out consultations from a few different practitioners before making your final decision... this is your face we're talking about here, after all. 

But back to my experience. As I said before, I'm incredibly fearful of needles, and the particular method employed by Dr. Akil for filling lips made my stomach turn initially. Rather than directly injecting the filler into the vermilion border (see here), he prefers to use a microcannula— or a small tube inserted into the sides of the mouth— to push the filler through the lips sideways. This technique is favoured because it avoids bruising and gives a really natural appearance (the former can give the appearance of duck lips over time). The healing process was relatively quick compared to some of my friends who have gotten their lips done using the other method, but if you're phobic like I am, it's good to know what you're getting into beforehand. There definitely is some pain associated with this procedure, but topical anesthetic is used, and the filler itself freezes as it enters the lips, so it's really more of a discomfort than anything else. If I can do it, believe me, anyone can.

I Got Lip Injections, and Here's What Happened

My lips were quite swollen at first, but regular icing and gentle massaging to smooth out the filler helped move the process along. All things considered, it took about 10 days for my lips to settle into their current state, and I'm so happy with the results. It's quite liberating to no longer worry about something that previously gave me so much grief, and although there is still some stigma surrounding procedures like this one, I'm here to tell you that if this is something you truly want to do for yourself (and not something you feel you need to do to look a certain way or fit in), then don't let other people's opinions influence your decision. Do your research, take lots of time to think about whether this is something you truly want, and shop around. Life is short after all, so you do you, girl.

If you live in Edmonton and are looking for a good clinic, I would whole heartedly recommend checking out DermaLounge— they offer a ton of different services (including eyelash extensions!) and are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. And if you've had your lips done— or anything else for that matter— I would love to hear about your experience if you feel like sharing... xx 

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