I decided to have the lip injections (Juviderm) that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago done for a little plumping. I’m still bruised but am overall really happy with the result. They look just like my regular lips but more, well, plump. With less receding-ness going on. I still feel a bit as though spending money for this is vain and unecessary, and if you feel that way too, well, stop reading. Anyway, before and after below. I am not wearing lip liner in either pic, and I did not go out of the lines on the bottom one.
–I had one syringe of Juviderm. Cost: $525 for the procedure. Depending how much you want to have done, you may need two syringes. I didn’t want my lips noticeably fatter. I just wanted to be able to see them. So she was pretty conservative with it.
–The expert lady who did it (and pretty much every woman in Fort Collins that I know uses her) injected it in my upper lip, lower lip (just a bit), the little annoying lines that go down from the corner of my mouth and make me look as though I have a hinged jaw like a puppet, and a little bit in the line between my eyes at the bridge of my nose.
Her name is Tiffany Serrell and she is a PC-C, MS, so clearly she knows exactly what she’s doing (kidding; I have no idea what those letters mean: Perfectly Competent-Cute, Mainly Syringes? Pending Certification-Credibility, Masquerading Secretly? Peacefully Contouring-Correcting, Mostly Successful?)
–The receptionist tried to charge me $52.50 for the whole thing. Obviously, she had the decimal in the wrong place. Yes, I spoke up. Hated to spend that much, but I’m not a stealer. Besides, I’m sure they would have discovered their mistake and sent me the bill, and then Paul may have seen how much it cost.
If you’re considering doing lip injections, 10 tips:
1. Do some research and find out who is great. The process really is like artwork. Tiffany would do a couple of injections, step back to see how it looked, do a couple more, press the stuff where she wanted it with her fingers, and made sure that the shape and fullness was exactly right. She’s been doing it for 15 years. Check her out at the link above if you’re local.
2. Don’t take Ibuprofen or anything beforehand. They say it increases bruising.
3. Consider bringing your own ice. I had this done once, several years ago, and it hurt a lot. I remembered that the ice pack they gave me just wasn’t all that cold. I brought my own baggie of ice, and when it came time to ice my lips before the procedure, they were pretty damn numb.
4. Tell them you want the numbing cream on for a good half hour or 45 minutes. It really does help numb them up.
5. Ask if their brand of inject-y stuff has lidocaine (numbing concoction) in it. The one Tiffany uses has that (maybe they all do). So the first few injections hurt, but as she begins to go back and fill in spots that she’s missed, the lips are pretty numb by then. The pain lessens as the procedure continues.
6. Pain level: maybe a 3 out of 10. Enough to bring tears to my eyes just a couple of times. The very middle of my bottom lip seemed especially tender. But for the most part, very bearable.
7. Continue to ice for the rest of the day. The first time I had this done, I didn’t ice much. This time, I did, and by evening my lips were the size they were going to stay, rather than quite swollen, which they were last time. They were sort of Angela Jolie lips on regular old me. Seriously, not a good look.
8. Expect some bruising, though you might not have any. As a blond with fair skin, it was probably inevitable that I would bruise. I have a couple bruises on my top lip, and a couple on either side of my mouth where the little lines were filled. Yesterday I was pretty much able to cover it with makeup, but they were still noticeable. So don’t plan to go to your fancy dress ball the same night that you have the injections. Or to accept your award at the Grammies. Or similar events. Which I know we all have on a nearly weekly basis. In fact, I hope my bruises are gone by tonight because I’m donning my diamond-bedazzled gown for, um… for my visit with the Queen. I will also be wearing a tiara. Look for my picture in the society section of the papers tomorrow.
9. I can’t think of any more tips but wanted to have a nice round number. Eight tips is stupid.
10. You all look beautiful today, by the way. Thanks for reading.