I’ve disliked my lips for years. I mean, they were okay, but they were naturally thin and my top lip would disappear pretty much entirely should I give a toothy smile – not ideal. I had toyed with the idea of lip fillers for quite some time, but always panicked and chickened out when it came to the crunch.
Since working with Therapie Clinic recently with my course of Image Peels, when the brand wanted to continue to grow our relationship and offered me the chance to try out fillers, it felt right.
For me personally, getting fillers was a way to increase my confidence and feel better about myself. I’m not telling you all to go out and pump yourself full of everything you can. But it’s the 21st century, if you want to change something about yourself and it will make you feel better, go for it. I’m totally supportive of that!
My experience of Therapie has been second to none. The therapists are knowledgeable and professional. The clinic is sparkling clean and the staff really take the time to find out what you want to achieve from your treatments. I knew if I was to try fillers for the first time, that Therapie would be a safe place to do it.
Since Love Island returned to our screens this Summer, Therapie seen a huge increase in their lip filler treatments with everybody wanting to recreate
Muggy Megan’s enviable pout. I however, wanted something a bit more subtle. I still wanted my lips to look like my lips. Just plumper. I didn’t want to alter the entire look of my mouth and I certainly didn’t want people to look at me and know immediately that I had fillers. If that is the look you want, then go for it, it just isn’t my personal choice.
Charlene O’Hare, one of Therapie’s qualified aesthetic nurses performed my procedure in the Belfast Clinic. Charlene is highly qualified and is even registered as a prescriptive nurse, meaning she can essentially perform the same role as a Doctor in the same field. She assured me she had a tonne of experience and really took time to talk to me about what I wanted to achieve with fillers.
I was terrified on the morning of the procedure. I made the mistake of YouTubing videos of it the night before and it gave me nightmares. My pain threshold is ridiculously low and I was absolutely convinced that it was going to be excruciatingly painful. I sat in the waiting area for ten minutes and managed to ask three separate people what I was in for. They must have thought I was some kind of weirdo.
How much did I get?
Because I had never tried fillers before, I opted for 0.5ml of Juvederm in my lips to achieve the subtle result that I wanted. Therapie’s manager Orla explained to me during my telephone consultation that 0.5ml is only 1/10 of a teaspoon so it really is minimal so I felt reassured that I wasn’t going to end up with ‘sausage lips’ on my first delve into the world of filler.
Did it hurt?
This is perhaps the question I was most interested in knowing prior to getting fillers for myself and I wasn’t expecting my answer to end up being ‘not really’. Charlene put on a generous layer of numbing cream to my lips before the procedure and I could barely feel anything after that. The Juvederm contains a small amount of litocain too which acts as a pain reliever too. The only discomfort I felt during the procedure was when we injected the very top of my lip and even then, it was only a minor scratch and slight sting. At the end of the procedure I felt like a total wimp for being so scared beforehand.
What was the recovery like?
The numbing cream started to wear off about an hour after the procedure. There was a little swelling in my lips for the rest of the day, but nothing particularly noticeable. I went out with the girls later that evening for dinner and I noticed that it was a little more painful then and if I laughed or moved my mouth a certain way, it was a tad painful. But certainly bearable. The next day I developed a little bruise above my top lip. It wasn’t painful, it just looked a little like a dirty mark. This disappeared after 3 days or so though and wasn’t anything that make up couldn’t hide.
How long will they last?
This really depends on the person and how your body breaks down the filler but a ball park is approximately 6 to 9 months.
The End Result
I am super pleased with how my lips turned out! When I tell people I’ve had it done, everybody has commented that they look super natural. My lips feel completely normal and have no telltale lumps or bumps in them. I’m so pleased that I will 100% repeat the procedure!
Have you ever had any fillers or the likes? Tell me in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!