Jodie explains why she had her lip filler dissolved.
Interview with Dermal therapist Jodie on her decision to Hyaluronidase her old lip fillers to make way for new Face Plus kissable lips and perky cheeks.
Q: Why did you decide to have lip fillers in the first place? You have beautiful, natural lips.
A: I’ve always liked my lips, but my face has very bold features. I have big eyes and eyebrows, a strong nose, and I just felt my lips needed a bit more volume to compliment the rest of my face.
Q: So it was about balance
A: Yes, in beauty everything is about seeking facial symmetry and balance. You don’t want one eyebrow to be thicker than the other, just as you don’t want your top lip to be bigger than your bottom lip. In my case my lip size was good but they weren’t even. Injectable Fillers could fix that.
Q: What went wrong with your injectable treatment that you had back home?
A: At first, they were fine, then I had a follow up injection and that’s when it started to go lumpy and ‘fish-lip’ like. The nurse made the mistake of injecting the majority of the product underneath my actual lip, so near my gum line.
Whereas, now I know that at Faceplus most of the injections are done around the lip line to help keep the natural shape.
Q: you mentioned lumps in the lips
A: yes, this is when the product becomes concentrated into what feels like little balls. When our Face Plus nurses inject your lips they massage them to evenly distribute the product so it doesn’t concentrate in one area. This wasn’t done, but also the product my home town used was of a lower quality, and over time the lumps became more obvious.
Q: So what kind of lips do you want?
A: I want really hydrated, plumped lips that keep to my naturally wide mouth shape. Definitely hydration is key for me. I’m 26 and my lips currently look a bit weathered so I want that ripeness back.
Q: Did the Hyaluronidase process hurt?
A: The first day wasn’t too bad, but I’ll warn everyone that I have a pretty high pain threshold. They numbed my lips with cream before proceeding.
They also used ice. The Hyaluronidase injections also have numbing agents in it, so once you get over the first small injection you can’t really feel anything.
Q: How about day 2
A: By day 2 I was really sore. The injections make your lips worse, before they get better. The product cause your lips to swell up and its like you can feel the ingredients working to break down the filler. Ice is used to help reduce the swelling.
Luckily though I didn’t have a patient after these injections so could go home and just continue to ice. On day 2 my lips felt quite bruised and sore, so the injections definitely hurt a lot more. Thankfully it was just a follow up to see if they missed any, so I didn’t have to have that many more.
Q: How long was it until you noticed your lips had returned to their natural size?
A: I had the first injection on a Thursday, a second on the Friday and by the time I was back in the office on Monday they were settled. I naturally don’t bruise that much so they looked normal. Some people take arnica but I guess my skin type doesn’t need it.
Q: After two weeks were you ready for new lips?
A: Absolutely! I couldn’t wait. My mum and boyfriend weren’t too thrilled with me getting them again, but I assured them the results at Face Plus are much more natural and subtle.
Q: And why cheek fillers?
A: I have quite a flat face. So big features and a flat face. I’ve always wanted high model like cheekbones. Quite a few girls in the office has had their cheeks done and it gives them such a nice lift to their face, so I thought let’s start with a little and see if I like it. Again, I want subtle results.
Q: Did they do cheeks or lips first
A: The injectable nurse, Jasmine started with my cheeks. She said that the cheeks (which you can see instant results with) will actually lift all of my features and it will mean I won’t need as much product to be placed in my lips.
Q: Did the cheek injectables hurt?
A: not at all. And there are NO numbing creams. The needles are so fine and Jasmine is very gentle. It helps that my colleague was there to gently tap my foot to help trick my body into distracting me.
Q: Did you notice instant results?
A: YES! You need to see my insta story video from the Face Plus account. I was honestly shocked that it worked so quickly. I felt I looked years younger. You could also see more definition around my jawline as my face had a. Click Here for link to Face Plus Instagram account.
Q: Did you notice instant results?
A: YES! You need to see my insta story video from the Face Plus account. I was honestly shocked that it worked so quickly. I felt I looked years younger. You could also see more definition around my jawline as my face had a natural contour.
I use A LOT of highlighter to try and give my face that definition, so this is like replacing the need for that. Thank god, because I’m honestly too lazy in the morning to put it on.
Q: And how do you like your new lips
A: I want to start by saying, it was so much less painful than the Hyaluronidase injections. They injected mostly around my lip line and some filler was actually applied to the area around my lips too, to help draw out a natural pout, rather than a ‘duck’one. My lips look so much smoother and well hydrated. You’re probably going to think I’m crazy but in a few weeks, I might get a tad more volume added to them. Otherwise I’m really, really happy.
Q: was the whole process worth it?
A: totally worth it. I was a bit embarrassed about my lips. Especially working all day at Face Plus my lips are naturally a topic of conversation with a lot of my clients. I wasn’t proud of them, so now I can show them off to clients that are thinking of having it done and confidently talk about my process and experience.
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