So, it’s probably no secret to anyone on my social media that I’ve recently had lip fillers. This has caused a lot of mixed opinions, from people telling me I was fine before (plot twist: I know), to people telling me they love them. It has also caused absolute outrage with a lot of guys I’m friends with – most of which feel they are fake and unnatural – messages sent between gym sessions improving the muscular ‘gains’ they develop purely through good diet and a healthy intake of steroids – but that’s none of my business.
The fillers have, undoubtedly, given me a huge confidence boost. However, I noticed that during my extensive searches online before my fillers, I found countless posts describing the pain during and after, however none of them described the initial bruising, swelling or even had pictures of this.
This post is kind of aiming to explain as thoroughly as possible the pain, the stages and the healing process for first timers, and probably provide a laugh for the majority of the public too.
For anyone who is interested in getting fillers done, I would 100% recommend Sophia Bailey Aesthetics. She is super professional, extremely nice and puts you so at ease for your first treatment.
So here’s pretty much the low down on lip fillers (or at least my experience with them).
Yes, they hurt. The pain isn’t unbearable, in fact it isn’t even close (provided they use numbing cream). I’ve honestly had period pains that hurt more, and every piercing I had caused me more pain.
It’s more uncomfortable than anything, and the pain is worst in the cupids bow and the centre of both the top and bottom lips.
However, the result is definitely worth the pain.
As you can see, especially in the top lip, which was my main concern, the difference is huge.
But this isn’t where it just ends. So here’s the development of my lips over the first night and the first week, just in case you, like me, feel like you are Pete Burns reincarnated for a couple of days.
Day 1 (the night of):
Pete Burns level: 8/10.
Day 2 and 3 (development of bruising):
This is when the real bruising came out and my lips were sore as hell. Eating hurt a little, but not too much. I did need ibuprofen and ice, but it was never unbearable.
The week after:
The week after I didn’t mind at all – at work I just applied vaseline, and I kept them well moisturised and massaged them daily (this is super important to stop lumps) – they settled well and by the end of the week they were beautifully healed.
The finished result:
The new look and final result has given me such a confidence boost – my lips look amazing both with and without lipstick, which is something I had never felt before I had fillers. This post is in no way an attempt to horrify or put off potential customers or people wanting to get their lips done – it is purely to give a more rounded view of them without sugar coating it as a quick fix that has no side effects. Any surgery you have will undoubtedly have side effects like bruising and swelling, just as piercings and tattoos do. But the bruising and swelling are totally temporary and aren’t bad at all, and for me, the end result is totally worth it!
As I mentioned at the start of this post, nobody seems to ever talk about the real, painful side of cosmetic surgery and fillers (I’m looking at you, Kylie Jenner) – so here’s the truth one more time.
Your lips will swell. Your lips will bruise. They will feel ‘lumpy’ until they settle. They will need to be massaged (despite it hurting). They will feel chapped and dry (it’s all down to the swelling). They might peel (literally the skin has been shedding off my lips – this is okay!!).
The point I’m trying to make here is this information should be easily accessible.
You shouldn’t have to trawl through online forums to know what’s normal and what’s not. So there it is, and I certainly hope it’s of some use.
*just to clear it up; none of the photos used in this were edited, all the bruising and swelling shown is what was there at the time and I made sure to realistically document it for this purpose*