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I’m no stranger to injectables, but I never considered filler for my lips until about a year ago (I’m 41). Size wasn’t the issue, however the first signs of crinkling on the skin around my lips were, so I added this to my mental cosmetic to-do list—and that’s where it stayed until I was offered the opportunity to try Restylane Silk. As the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler specifically for enhancing the lips and smoothing lines around the mouth, obviously I jumped at the chance. A few weeks later, I found myself at the Boca Raton, Florida office of oculoplastic surgeon (and world-renowned injectable master) Dr. Steven Fagien. Having known Dr. Fagien professionally for almost 15 years, I knew I was in the best hands possible and I was beyond excited. (Here’s a selfie before.)
We sat down in his office, caught up since it had been quite a while since we’d seen each other, and then we got down to business. We discussed what was bothering me (i.e. the less-than-plump skin around my lip border) and Dr. Fagien explained how Restylane Silk could help. Then, we moved into a treatment room and he began by using a marker to indicate the spots where he was going to place the filler around my lips and on the lips themselves.
Keeping in mind that different doctors may do things differently, the first step was numbing my lips, because apparently filler injections in this sensitive area can really hurt. (Dr. Fagien said I probably wouldn’t like him anymore if he didn’t take this proactive step.) He injected a numbing solution in various spots inside my mouth, and Dr. Fagien’s assistant held a vibrating device over the areas as he was doing it so I would only feel a slight pinch—and he said this would also minimize post-injection swelling as well.
Once he was done with the numbing injections, I felt like my lips were HUGE—I could even see them in my peripheral vision. Truth be told, it was one of the most bizarre sensations I’ve ever experienced, but nothing I couldn’t handle. I sat there while the anesthetic kicked in for about 10 minutes, and I have to admit I was embarrassed to talk because I felt like my lips were flapping all over the place. Then Dr. Fagien picked up the syringe and went to work.
I felt a few zingers in the corners of my mouth and my philtrum (that vertical groove the runs from the nose down to the cupid’s bow of the lips), but otherwise, I sensed more pressure than any actual pain. He asked me to hold gauze on my lips a few times while he was working—all the time explaining the nuances of different fillers, which was quite educational. I didn’t take a note of the time, but I’d say Dr. Fagien spent 10-15 minutes injecting and inspecting my lips, injecting a bit more and stepping back to assess (over and over again).
I was nervous to look in the mirror because my still-totally-numb lips felt enormous. I had mentally prepared myself for the worst but was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t look the least bit scary. (I had also prepared my son just in case I looked beat-up when I picked him up from school.) My lips were definitely a little swollen, and this is what I looked like when I got in the car.
I was still pretty numb after a few hours, but I didn’t think twice about leaving the house—and I was already wondering why it took me so long to try lip injections because I LOVED how they looked. When I got to school, my son said it didn’t even look like I had anything done (and frankly, he seemed a bit disappointed that he didn’t get to see me looking jacked up). The numbness totally wore off at about the same time, and then my lips started to feel sore. Any sudden pursing hurt (way more than anything I felt while they were actually being injected).
I went to my son’s basketball game that night and looked completely normal—albeit with a plumper pout. I was still significantly sore but had absolutely no bruising to speak of. The next day, my lips were still a bit tender—but I was so obsessed with them that all I wanted was to wear a super-shiny gloss. The soreness lingered through Sunday (my treatment was Friday), but by the end of the day, my lips felt like my own again.
Here I am five days later, and now that I’ve done it I’m totally hooked. I even made a note in my calendar to book another appointment with Dr. Fagien in six months because I wouldn’t consider going to anyone else—and I don’t ever want to go back to my old lips again. Even if other people don’t notice the change (which they shouldn’t), I couldn’t be happier with the improvement!
NOTE: Restylane Silk was provided at no charge. All opinions are my own.