So I got my lips filled on this latest NYC trip.
If you follow me on Instagram & IG stories I made it a point, to well, get to the point.
Basically I want to continue to start conversations around things that are supposed to be “secret.” The truth is with social media so many people, influencers & celebrities are getting things done all the time & keeping it hush, hush.
Which by the way, this is totally FINE- like do what works for you.
However, for my platform I want to continue to discuss taboo topics & approach them in a non-judgemental way. Every single person deserves to feel their best so do what works for you. Here’s my two cents: go to an artist whose work you like, don’t use a Groupon ( I have personally heard horror stories so I feel like that is work, go slow, do your own research, & do not let anyone tell you what or what not to do with YOUR body (for my lips specifically, I wanted a little more fullness with the ‘M’ of the lip lifted- no duck lip).
For me, I noticed after double jaw surgery that my lip was like turning in- they weren’t as plump either. So I want a little GOOSH- you know a little filler. It hurts a little, not too bad. I definitely would recommend going to someone who numbs the area. Make sure they numb around the lip too. I wasn’t too swollen. To be honest I sort of liked the swelling. It was fun for a minute.
ANYWAY here’s a little breakdown for you ( & make sure you read on because I also interviewed the doctor, Dr. Lara Devgan, for all the specifics at the bottom of this post ). Dr. Lara Devgan is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City, the Chief Medical Officer of RealSelf, the CEO of medical grade skin care line Dr. Devgan Scientific Beauty, & the host of the hit podcast Beauty Bosses. She is passionate about getting the tiny details exactly right in surgery & injectables. Let us know any of your questions below too; we would be happy to answer them all!
Check out the process, k:
Quick Q & A with Dr. Lara:
Who is a candidate for lip filler?
Dr. Lara Devgan: Any healthy adult without open sores or active infections is a candidate for lip filler. Common reasons for wanting lip filler are to improve volume, to soften fine lines and vertical lip wrinkles, to achieve better symmetry, to create a more sultry look, to replace lip volume that has regressed over time, or as a fun little pick-me-up. Results can be anything from incredibly subtle to very dramatic, depending on your unique anatomic characteristics & goals.
Walk us through the whole process?
DLD: If you’re thinking about lip augmentation, we will first do a full review of your medical history, followed by standardized medical photos, & a screening questionnaire to understand your goals. Then I’ll chat with you about your particular concerns, review old pictures or inspiration images, do a full physical exam of your lips or any other areas you are thinking about, and discuss the extent to which we can address your concerns.
Next, we will apply numbing cream, go over consent forms and instructions, and answer any of your questions. For the procedure itself, I will measure and mark your lips to get the results as precise & symmetric as possible, then I will use a micro droplet injection technique to help build your ideal lips. Afterward, you apply ice, avoid physical exercise for the rest of the day, & go about your day.
Tips to be mindful of when getting lip filler. Fill us in!
- See a reputable plastic surgeon or dermatologist whose results & before & afters you like.
- Shop for quality not price. It’s your face and bad things do happen. You want to make sure you are trusting your face to an expert who can help you through any circumstance.
- Know that immediate results will be slightly swollen, sometimes 20-25%.
- Voluptuous lips are usually not built in a day. If you desire a full look, you may require multiple sessions and multiple syringes of filler.
- Do not use permanent fillers such as silicone in your lips. This is often a recipe for disaster!
Why do you think it’s taboo to talk about when so many people are getting it done?
DLD: I think the stigma around injectables is rapidly decreasing with people like you being more open about it. A number of my celebrity clients have come right out and talked about it, and more and more people are following their lead. That being said, I think a lot of people are afraid of being judged. People can be cruel, usually as a defense mechanism, if they are jealous or curious but they don’t know how to categorize their feelings. A lot of people think they are “not the kind of person” who would do injectables, and when they see people like them doing it, it can inspire a lot of internal conflict.
How important is it to go to the right person?
DLD: You only have one face. You absolutely should trust it to an expert. Imagine giving 100 strangers a piece of paper & pen. How many of them will make a picture you want to hang up on the wall and look at every day? Your face will bear your doctor’s hands for months or years, so this is something I would invest in.
How long does it last?
DLD: Months to years, depending on the amount and type of filler, as well as your metabolic rate. For lips, average is 4-6 months at this time.
What exactly did I get! Please explain in specifics for the incredible TSC community:
DLD: You got Revanesse Versa, a pre-hydrated hyaluronic acid filler that is excellent for precision work when it comes to fixing asymmetries. It is also a nice product for mobile areas because it looks natural at rest and in motion, so this is great for lips. I used a combination of techniques including microdroplet injection, threading, fanning, and tenting to build vertical lip height & accentuate the Cupid’s bow.
Pros & cons of lip filler:
DLD: Lip filler is one of those tiny instant gratification procedures that makes a patient feel instantly prettier, more youthful, and more feminine. When done well, it’s all pros! The cons of the procedure are that the lips are quite sensitive so it can be a bit uncomfortable. Bruising and swelling are possible. The products don’t last forever, so it can also be an investment to maintain.
Where can everyone find you- pimp yourself out!
DLD: Follow me on Instagram @laradevganmd and @devganscientificbeauty. Instagram is the most fun because it’s so visual & you can see a lot of my work & before/after photos. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, & my website of course. You can also check me out in the popular press including Allure, Glamour, New York Times, NY Post, & more!
MORE BEAUTY TALK FOR YA:
SO YES! THAT’S my lip filler experience- always want to bring you guys along for the ride ; ). Especially in the day & age of filter everything.
Anyway, I just don’t care what people think about me. At the end of the day, I know I am not for everyone- like what you think of me is none of my business. As always, I am not telling anyone to get their lips filled, I am simply sharing MY journey.
JUST DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY !!! & always know: i will never judge you for anything you decide to do.
See you tomorrow, lauryn x