It’s been nearly a year since I succumbed to Kylie Jenner’s allure and got lip fillers – if you want to take a look at my first experience, have a gander here. Twelve (ish) months on, has anything changed? Would I do it again? LET’S FIND OUT, SHALL WE?
ARE LIP FILLERS CHEAP?
Short answer? No. I’ve had my lips topped up three times this year, by 0.5ml each time – so I’ve actually had 2.7ml of filler injected into my face, which is really quite a lot. It’s cost about £110 a time for a top-up, and the initial procedure cost £180 – so I’ve spent (oh God) roughly £510 to get a slightly puffy pout.
Also – my mother would be thrilled with this statement – I’m now a believer in false economy: getting anything for cheap that should be spenny is extremely dubious. If your nurse is saying she can inject you for £50 a pop, she’s probably using concrete from a mixer she spotted on the way in to work. Pay a bit more, because it probably (PROBABLY) won’t go wrong. Fingers crossed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF LIP FILLERS GO WRONG?
Luckily (touch wood), I’ve never had my fillers go wrong. However, at the start of ever procedure, the nurse should tell you that if it goes lumpy or gross, they can dissolve the filler with hyaluronidase, so if worse comes to the worst, you should be okay.
I WANT TO LOOK LIKE KYLIE JENNER. IS THAT DOABLE?
So. When I originally booked an appointment, it was (legit holding my hands up here) because I’m a basic bitch who idolised KJ and wanted a massive, F-R-O pout that would instantly make me sexxxxxay. (Ew.) However, even after 2.7ml of filler, I STILL DON’T LOOK LIKE KYLIE JENNER. I know, right.
There are several reasons for this. Firstly, I like pie and I have to go to work, so just generally: we’re never going to be lookalikes. Secondly, I don’t know exactly how much filler KJ has, but it must be LOADS. Like bucket-loads. Because I don’t think I’m anywhere near her level, and I’ve got a hefty amount in there. Thirdly? Lip shapes are different. My lips definitely filled out, but more in profile than face-on – KJ’s lips are basically taking over the entire bottom half of her face, moving up towards her nose, and mine didn’t do that. Bummer.
DO LIP FILLERS HURT?
It’s needles in your skin: what do you think?
Seriously though: depends on you level of wimpiness. With numbing cream, yeah, it’s stingy and a bit sharp – but I am perfectly capable of just lying there and taking it without flinching (ooher), so it’s not that bad at all. Getting your ears pierced or a tattoo hurts more.
WOULD I GET THEM DONE AGAIN?
I like having a fuller pout. It’s nice. However, is it £510 nice? Probably not: I don’t really see a huge difference, but maybe that’s just because I see myself every day.
Also, the first few days after getting them done, I always feel a bit stupid. I had them filled the day before I went to Paris with friends, and in all the photos, I look like a duck: they’d swollen so much, my whole face was like LIPSLIPSLIPS and I looked like an idiot. They also mean I am a lot more receptive to the idea of minor cosmetic procedures, so I’ve started thinking about botox or fillers elsewhere on my face, and it just feels a bit like a slippery slope – how long until my boob job?
Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing…