I've wanted to "do my lips" for a while now but I never really knew what it entailed and what exactly the results would be..... And by the way, what is doing my lips?! Is it surgery, injections what will happen, how will it look? And can I spin after? Seriously, what the heck happens and can I figure it out so I'll stop being afraid.... because frankly I was. Which is the only reason my friends listened to me for 3 years before I actually took the plunge or rather the plump 😜...
I decided to ask surgeon and facial specialist Dr Adi Yoskovitch a few questions on the procedure, how to know what's right for you and how to break those stereotypes. His answers convinced me to do mine and he himself was just as amazing as the results!
I was kind of nervous (obviously!) but beyond excited after his answers. I only did a tiny bit because I have very small features and wanted to look natural. Leading up to my appointment so many people freaked with excitement when I told them I was going to do my lips. Why? Because someone who would do a rational amount, wanted it to look natural and would tell the honest truth about the experience would be able to share with them the procedure... and yes it was all over instagram stories... and yes already tons of people were so thrilled I covered this in a pretty raw way... but here you have all the details and questions answered!
Needles, not my fave. But all in all the process takes 10 minutes, without the neurotic gibber gabber of yours truly!
Because I cant wait.... here is a pic of my lips now: OBSESSED WITH THEM!
First I told Dr. Adi what I wanted. Showed him pics and he took a look at me to see what would and wouldn't look good. He is a facial surgeon after all and in no means wants you to leave looking "off". The nurse froze my lip a bit with a gel and an ice pack. Then Dr. Adi did about 7-10 injections. Very small! All of which had Juvederm and it includes pain killer that'll hit you. ... That's my only cautious tale.... since I didn't eat first.
The basics to know: It swells up. Not tons. It hurts a bit. Not more than a bikini wax. And it goes down a lot within the week..... Don't play with it after. Seriously don't. It's setting. To the shape he positioned it in....DR knows best.
I felt a little high and swollen, but loved it right right away. Honestly I think I'll add a bit more because the swelling went down and I was very conservative with the amount. However, I feel the difference and my lip is lifted up enough .... and you can totally see my smile more because of the lift. Love that aspect!
Maybe have someone to take you home if you're sensitive to pain killers - you may be a tad high or nauseous. Totally worth it! Drink some Perrier and make your man take care of you and you'll be just fine ;) Plus look super cute with your swollen lip (just saying!). Maybe don't schedule a photoshoot that day. And probably wait till the day after to spin but besides that you're ready to rock and roll.
Oh and your lip will bruise a bit. And you'll need a fork to eat....
Seriously what a sweet man and what a great team he has working for him. I was very impressed.
Okay so all in all the experience was great. There are some shots of me and Dr. Adi below and a quick Q&A but first lets get to the nitty gritty of the before and after. You'll notice the difference is very slight however I personally notice the change a lot and so have many (and plenty of compliments :D!). It's slight and I will probably add a bit more like I mentioned, but I am thrilled with the results and would highly suggest Dr Adi Yoskovitchto any of you... Seriously!
Below is my Q and A with Dr Adi:
What is the biggest trend in plastic surgery and injections of the moment?
It depends a lot on the age group. Some people want botox to treat, others for preventative measures. But I do see girls come in for that big lip trend. Girls aged 18 who want to follow a trend which is not always the best.... The beautiful side of it is that you can correct real issues in a non surgical way that helps people feel confident again!
What is a good age and time to start thinking of preventative injections?
There is a real self absorbed instant gratification and poor decision making generation heading my way. I suggest mid 20's is the best time to start but I do have patients coming to me who are far too young.
How do you personally ensure patients are satisfied?
There are a lot of unqualified people who are doing injections. They are less expensive and quick and wrong! I am personally among the top 100 facial surgeons in the world and I say that because you get exactly what you pay for when it comes to injections and plastic surgery. If you work with another doctor make sure you know they are qualified and the product is right for you. Be educated on what is being injected and how.
How long will it last and how often will I need to come?
Some companies will say a year. I usually tell patients anywhere from 6-9 months depending on how fast they metabolize the injections. It also depends a lot on the quality of the product used. How many links in the gel injected is how fortified the product is. This is will vary based on the amount of water in the injection which changes how long it will last.... I use the best product, Juvederm.
What is a big trend you see in injections?
There is a huge difference in what is beautiful and socially acceptable in different parts of the world. Even looking at North America, west coast vs. east coast trends are very different. Girls in the west coast are looking for bigger and will pay more for whatever gets them there. East coast trends tend to lean towards a more reserved look.
What are your additional tips?
A conscientious physician will say no just as much as he will say yes! Keep that in mind. He will make sure that the procedure is right for the patient and not just want they ask and are willing to pay for. A good doctor will always tune the treatments to the patients looks and needs. You want realistic results!