** I am partnering with Dr. Craig Colville and Bella Via Day Spa to share my lip injection experience with Juvederm Ultra which was complimentary. I always make it clear when I have been compensated and also give my 100% honest feedback. You can read more about my disclosure policies here.
Before we dive in to this juicy-ness, check out my post about the procedure (or watch the video of me having it done by Dr. Colville himself!)
I’m really excited to share this post today because of all the questions swirling around in my inbox and folders. I think this will be really helpful and help shed some light on lip injections since I once believed/feared these things.
Myths, Stereotypes, & Fears of Lip Injections
Is this Botox?
No. Juvederm Ultra is made of Hyaluronic Acid which is being used in many beauty products because it’s free of harmful toxins and is produced by the body naturally. It is proving to be amazing at improving skin texture, dryness, sagging skin and wrinkles. It can even be used to treat cold sores and sunburns.
Taken from Dr. Axe’s website:
HA is part of the structural component of the mouth and the lips, which are made up of connective tissues made partly from collagen and water. Collagen and HA help give lips their structure and shape. Because HA binds to water, it hydrates the skin and tissues within the mouth/lips and keeps skin junctions tight, helps bring nutrients to damaged tissues, controls inflammation and helps fluids carry out waste.
Is it permanent?
No! The results can last up to a year and Dr. Colville explained that everyone is different with the time frame here, but the main idea here is that it’s not going to last forever like a tattoo or invasive plastic surgery. Over time, your body will naturally break down the Hyaluronic Acid and you would have to maintain the results with a repeat procedure every year or so. I actually prefer this because “permanent” scares me a little especially when talking about any cosmetic procedure of the face.
What was the pain/swelling/bruising like?
Pain during procedure (2/10 – 4/10): The numbing gel helped tremendously so any little pokes were just that… tiny pokes.
The part that hurt the most I would say is when Dr. Colville ran the needle up my philtrum to make that more pronounced. It was a poke and then just made my eye water a tiny bit but super tolerable. The needle is so thin and tiny!
Wine helped a little, too! 😉
Pain the next 24 hours (2/10): I had a little bit of soreness which just felt like that slight burn when you have chapped lips even though my lips were very soft. To smush my lips down and together felt a little bit sore, but very slight. Putting a bag of frozen peas on them would help, but I really didn’t need to.
Swelling: Over the next 24 hours I had the most swelling and my lips felt weird because of the fullness. I didn’t have to use any ice packs for the swelling and my speech or expressions weren’t affected.
Bruising: The next week I noticed some bruising come to the surface. You could easily cover it up with a lip stick though. Bruising is completely normal since the lips have blood vessels and it took about a week to fade.
I’m scared of looking botched!
As along as you use a highly qualified + board certified doctor, like Dr. Colville, who has a lot of experience you should be fine. Don’t stop there. Make sure you take pictures to show results you like and don’t like. Be very clear with your doctor on the look you want to achieve and if your doctor doesn’t agree or seem to be understanding, find a doctor who does!
Will I lose of feeling in my lips?
During the procedure you will have numbing gel on so for a little while you will lose some sensation, but after about an hour, the feeling comes back. There should be no nerve damage from this procedure. My lips felt completely normal the next day, just a little sore/swollen which fades.
My spouse thinks I am crazy.
Oh believe me… I heard many comments from my hubby. He was very against me having this done and the only way I convinced him was by educating him; “it’s hylauranic acid, it’s temporary, etc” and just not shutting up about it! Now that it is done, he hasn’t said one negative thing. I think he just needed to see that I don’t look like a clown and he’s fine with it.
So my tip for you: invite your spouse to go to your consultation, show before/after pictures and research on the ingredient of the product you choose.
I’m afraid of being judged.
I was too and guess what… I was judged anyway. The crazy thing we have to deal with as women is being judged for every move we make…
Skinny? You are “anorexic.”
A little overweight? You need to diet.
Have muscle? You are “manly.”
Small boobs? You should get some.
Big boobs? You’re a bimbo.
I actually had a girl reach out on Instagram and said some really nasty things about me for having my breasts and lips done. Here’s my philosophy, you will be judged for everything you do anyway, so just do what makes you feel your best and be unapologetically you! Never ever have something done (or not done) to please someone else.
So I hope this clears things up a bit and maybe you learned something new! Just a reminder… you can get your consultation FREE with Dr. Colville if you just mention my name when scheduling before Mar 21, 2017.
(You can also enter here to WIN Cool Sculpting! Mar 3 is the last day to enter!)
Again, I am so happy with my results! Thank you so much to Dr. Colville and his team!