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Make your lips bigger in photo

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How to make lips bigger on photo

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  2. Install it, following instructions and open an image gallery.

  3. Choose pictures you need to retouch, using this enlarge option.

  4. Send photography to photoshop professionals by clicking the button ‘send to designers’.

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Do lip fillers hurt?

on 14th December 2018 at 5:52 pm

Lip fillers are an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment, but it makes sense to find out as much as you can about them before you jump onto the bandwagon.

Using Hyaluronic Acid (HA) lip fillers are applied by means of injection. That’s right, an injection into your lips. That alone is enough to put many needle-phobes off, but does it really hurt? Let’s find out.

Are the injections painful?
Believe it or not, the process of lip filler injections can be remarkably pain free. Most practitioners will use a topical cream before any injecting begins, which works to numb the lips and prevent the injections from being felt.

This cream takes around 30 minutes to work, and the majority of people will feel a reduction in sensation of around 80 – 90%. If that’s not enough for you, some clinics will offer a complete nerve block, which is done by applying a numbing medicine to specific areas to stop the signals being sent from lips to brain.

The injection itself is done using a very, very fine needle. In the past, when collagen was the filler of choice, needles had to be quite large due to the viscosity of the collagen being injected. Now that treatments use HA, a much less dense substance, the needle can be much smaller which reduces the pain, swelling and bruising immensely.

The lip filler clinic in Sheffield, True Face, outline on their website how some of their clients comment that it “feels a bit like a pinch to start with”. As the HA enters the lips, some clients say they feel a slight stinging sensation or even just a sensation of coldness.

What can reduce the pain?
If you’re worried about feeling pain during your treatment, the most effective way to ensure a pain free experience is to go with a highly experienced clinician. All lip fillers should be administered by medically trained professionals, and because they know the best techniques for the injection, they will ensure you have minimal discomfort during the treatment.

As well as picking the right person to undertake your treatment, you can help things along by:

  • Not drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours before treatment
  • Not taking any anti inflammatory medicines such as Ibuprofen
  • Not taking fish oils or garlic supplements as these can thin your blood
  • Avoid booking your appointment in the week before your period, as sensitivity is heightened at this time

The level of your discomfort during the treatment depends a lot on your own perception of pain but having a great practitioner with a good technique and preparing your body for the treatment can really help.

How about pain after treatment?
If you are uncomfortable following treatment, this is usually down to a bit of swelling and bruising at the injection sites. You can help alleviate this with a cold compress, and by sleeping with your head elevated. Avoid strenuous exercise and extreme heat, as this can make the problem worse.

If you are at all worried about the level of pain you are experiencing following your procedure, contact your clinic for additional advice.

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I Got Lip Fillers For The First Time & This Is What Happened

My lips right before getting the procedure.

When I sat down to discuss what I was looking for, I explained that it was very important for me to still have my lips. I wanted to look like me. Giant lips are totally OK for some people if that’s their preference, but I hoped for something a little more subtle — to enhance what was already there.

We decided to only use half a syringe (the nurse informed me that the average person uses a full one) of Teosyal in order to plump up my lips a little (without really changing their overall look), but other products such as JUVÉDERM and Restylane are also popular. Before the nurse began, she first disinfected my lips, then rubbed a little topical numbing gel on them. After the numbing set in, she then injected mostly my top lip with a few injections (and yes, it hurts a little, but beauty is pain sometimes, after all), then passed me the mirror. The results were instant. When I looked at my reflection, I was absolutely ecstatic. Those were my lips, looking very much the same as they had before age took away some of my collagen.

My lips visibly swelled a little for three days after the procedure. They felt a little sore, but I wasn’t in much discomfort for the most part. I had a bit of the duck lip thing going on while my lips were swollen, but that went down shortly thereafter too. You might also notice some little bumps inside your lips (you can feel them, but you shouldn’t see them), which are just little bits of the fillers. I was told by the nurse that these bumps end up gradually dissolving after a month or so (depending on the person and how they metabolize the filler).

In total, the half syringe of Teosyal ran around $300, and will last six months (or more, depending on how fast your body metabolizes the filler). That’s a cost of about $50/month, which is about the same price as getting fake nails put on, and is a lot cheaper than getting your hair done at most salons I’ve ever been to.

At the end of it all, I was extremely happy. The results were subtle, but also visible enough that I could tell something had changed. Most people didn’t even notice when they saw me, although I did have a few friends comment on how “lovely my lip gloss looked.” When I finally revealed to my friends and family that I had it done, everyone was incredibly supportive.

Cosmetic procedures aren’t for everyone, and I must take the opportunity to express that I don’t believe anyone ever needs to have them done in order to be beautiful. You are always going to be beautiful, no matter what you do, or don’t do.

According to the JUVÉDERM site, this procedure is relatively safe for most people (when administered by a qualified medical professional, of course), but there are always risks involved. Some people may have allergic reactions, the possibility of infection does exist, and on rare occasions, a blood vessel can become injected accidentally and cause complications. This is why it is so important to consult with a physician when you are considering having dermal fillers, and make sure the one administering it is highly trained and qualified.

But for those of you who have been wanting to try lip fillers (and are aware of the risks), I would highly suggest that you go for it. If all goes well, at the end of the day, they are temporary. So if they ends up not being for you, you aren’t trapped. This was something that I had wanted to try for a while, and honestly, now I’m absolutely hooked. Getting lip fillers will likely be a regular part of my beauty routine and physical upkeep moving forward. I love the way they give me that little extra boost of confidence, while still looking like myself.

All in all, I give lip fillers my kiss of approval.

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Right after the first time I got lip fillers, I was newly, happily single and on my way to a wedding. My mouth was a little sore and also a little puffier than I knew my final results would be, but I was already in love with the results. My top lip finally matched my bottom lip. They still looked like mine, just more filled out.

The only downside was that there would be no rebound makeouts for me at this wedding because, well, kissing someone when I was still getting used to my new lips didn’t sound ideal. And I worried that even if I did decide to go for it, my makeout partner might feel some nebulous difference that would hint I’d had something done. While I theoretically know there’s nothing wrong with that, the prospect made me feel a little bashful all the same.

Apparently, I wasn’t alone in these thoughts. “I get asked pretty frequently if a significant other will be able to tell that fillers when kissing,” Dara Liotta, M.D., a double-board certified plastic surgeon based in Manhattan, tells SELF. Patients also often ask her how long they have to wait before “using” their plumper lips, she says.

In case you have the same questions, I spoke with cosmetic surgeons and three other women who have lip fillers to ease your worries.

First, let’s talk about how lip fillers work.

Lip fillers are injections performed by a medical professional like a cosmetic surgeon to change the look of your lips, specifically their volume, shape, symmetry, or proportions, Lara Devgan, M.D., M.P.H., board-certified plastic surgeon and RealSelf chief medical editor, tells SELF. “They can vary anywhere from subtle to and can be customized to an individual’s anatomy and goals,” she says.

In the past, medical professionals have used liquid paraffin, silicone, and even bovine (cow) collagen for lip augmentations. These days, though, most favor lip fillers that use hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a natural substance found in different parts of your body like the joints and skin. HA attracts water, which can result in a plumper look, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

There are multiple types of HA-containing fillers on the market with different pros and cons. Popular brand names include Restylane, Juvéderm, and Belotero. How long your fillers last depends on factors like which type you get (and how much of it, since most people need multiple syringes to achieve their desired results, per the ASPS), but different brands report added fullness for anywhere from six months and up. Similarly, the price of lip fillers depends on the type and how much you get, but one syringe can cost $600 or more. Your doctor may have a preferred filler or will help choose the best for you based on your desires, lips, and budget.

You may want to avoid making out (and more) immediately after the procedure.

This is especially true if you’re new to lip fillers. After getting lip fillers, especially as a newbie, there is often a period of 24 to 48 hours where your lips will be noticeably swollen (beyond your intended results), Dr. Liotta says. You might also experience pain and tenderness at the injection site, lumpiness, and bruising. The length and intensity of these side effects really vary from person to person, Dr. Liotta says, but within 10 days to a few weeks, most people will be side effect-free and will see the final results of the procedure.

The place of injection: Dr. Melissa Doft’s Upper East Side gorgeously chic practice. Dr. Doft was very reassuring and was quick to understand my lip-scaping desires, which is to say “just a bit plumper.” As a first-timer, I didn’t want to overdo it and was apprehensive to let ‘er rip, so to speak, considering I liked the shape of my lips as is. She used Restylane Silk, which is a hyaluronic acid filler — a humectant that attracts water molecules to the site to enhance the plumpening. It’s metabolized in your body within six to nine months (that depends on your own individual metabolism speed), hence the temporary part. As someone who regularly slathers on hyaluronic acid-rich serums and moisturizers on my face, I wasn’t so weirded out about shooting it into my lips as well. Just the actual injecting…

I had gone in prepared to have to grit my teeth and bear it, Saw-style, but Dr, Doft mercifully offered a topical numbing goo which REALLY numbed — I’m talking like full-strength dental-grade numb. As I waited for the goop to work its magic on my lips (unavoidably swallowing some of it, oddly numbing my throat too), Dr. Doft explained how the whole thing worked and how her usual technique was to start conservatively since even a small amount of filler goes a long way (we only ended up using half the vial). She pricked a fine needle under the very superficial top layer of lip skin, kind of parallel to the lip and then plunged the syringe as she simultaneously pulls the needle out to disperse the filler in that trail.

As for the discomfort level… it’s not the worst pain I’ve felt, especially since I was numbed. But considering the injection is beneath the skin and therefore beneath the layer of numbeness, it was certainly felt. While bearable, every drag of the needle had my brain groaning, this suuuuuucks. It’s like getting any shot — there’s the prick of the needle and some unsettling icky feeling due to something being manipulated underneath the skin, but in my opinion, it was definitely not worse than getting a vaccination. That said, I imagine that getting lip filler without the numbing agent would actually be really fucking miserable.

Dr. Doft mostly filled my upper lip and just did a tiny bit on my bottom lip (most people’s bottom lips are plumper than their top lips to begin with) and the whole thing was over in less than 10 minutes. The good thing is that she can see exactly where the filler is going and how it’s looking immediately so it’s not like you can overdo it blindly. There is however, considerable swelling afterward just from the fact that you’ve injured your body and your body tends to get mad about that and swell at injury sites.

Choosing a type is best left up to the doctor based on your needs, but the smorgasbord is vast. For example, Green says a youthful, pillowy, voluminous look is best achieved with Juvederm, while she uses Restylane for an “I got my lips a little fuller but no one really will know” vibe, thanks to its smaller particles. If you’re older, “I always do Volbella, which is good to fill in lines around the face,” she said.

The Insta-look doesn’t come cheap.

We’re all constantly inundated with images of women with really, really big lips, but I had no idea the money it takes to actually achieve it. The one cc, or syringe, of Juvederm we used is technically less than a teaspoon of material, but it was distributed in a way that made my results more visible than they were the first time around—but not wildly dramatic.

When I asked Green how much filler the girls I see on social media get, she, without hesitation, said two to three syringes, if not more. Considering each clocks in at prices from $400 to $1,000, depending on location and practice—well, start saving now.

Filler isn’t forever.

I kind of wish it were, to be honest. According to Green, it depends on the formula you choose, but most usually last around six months to a year. This means that if you love your initial results, take plenty of pics because it does fade over time. As far as anything you can do to prolong the filler, there’s really not much since everybody metabolizes differently.

Before filler; almost five months after

After-care is minimal.

Postinjection, your life can resume—despite some fear-mongering articles you might find online. According to Green, the only thing you should stay away from is aspirin. You can even toast your new look with a glass or two of wine. “Some people say you shouldn’t drink alcohol before filler because you can bruise, but I haven’t seen a huge difference after,” she said. As for ice, the doctor will put a cold pack on your lips after your filler’s been applied and will encourage you to use more if you’re feeling sore, but there’s no need sit with it for hours on end. The real swelling goes down in a day or two.

Another thing both doctors I saw suggested that makes sense: not drinking from a straw right after your injections, and not sipping hot liquids— you’ll still be numb and might burn yourself. Ouch.

Gradual pace of treatment is an option.

Even though I’d told Green what I wanted, she still insisted on saving a little Juvederm from my syringe to add later if I wanted it. “Live with what I gave you for two weeks,” she told me. Of course, I sprinted back for my leftovers, but if you’re feeling nervous or unsure, ask your doctor if you can use what you paid for gradually.

Bruising depends on the person.

For me, there was light bruising that happens naturally—mostly around the top of my lip, which is sensitive—but if you follow your doctor’s advice (use ice, no Motrin, limit alcohol intake, don’t touch, and try to stay and lay propped up for a few hours after the procedure), you should be okay. That said, everyone’s body is different, so it’s hard to predict whether any bruising will surface after your lip injections.

And if you’re really unhappy with the outcome?

“You go back and have it dissolved,” Green said. “All the fillers people use now—Restylane, Belotero, Volbella, Voluma, Juvederm—they’re all hyaluronic-acid-based, so they all can dissolve with hyaluronidase,” an enzyme that melts away hyaluronic acid rapidly and safely.

Six months after I saw Green, my lips still looked killer. I noticed a slight decrease in volume—totally predictable given the time frame. You can probably see it in the above photos, so I’ll likely get another round soon. I won’t be offended if you notice. In fact, I hope you do.

Perrie Samotin is the digital director at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @perriesamotin.

It’s 2019, and getting your lips injected is about as common as getting your hair highlighted. But let me remind you that a lip augmentation is a real procedure with real risks when done incorrectly. And as much as I’m sure you’d love to hurry up and get those plump lips you’ve always wanted, take some time to consider all the facts first, okay? Ahead, NYC-based cosmetic dermatologist Shereene Idriss, MD, shares exactly what you need to know before trying lip fillers for the first time.

What to Know or Anticipate Before the Procedure

1. What type of filler should I get?

Welp, you’ve got temporary and permanent fillers, and trust me—temporary is the way to go. Permanent and semipermanent fillers, while tempting, are not reversible (hence the name permanent), and little can be done to fix them if you hate them.

The better option is a temporary hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. If you’re thinking, “Wait, that stuff in my serum?” Yup. It’s a sugar derivative naturally found in your body that has the ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. For that reason, it’s a great hydrating ingredient for skincare as well as a great substance for injectables. It’s also preferred for its more natural look and ability to dissolve over time or with the help of your derm. Which brings us to…

2. Can I remove my fillers once I get them?

The beauty of a temporary filler is that if you don’t like how your lips turn out for whatever reason, your doctor can inject an eraser enzyme called hyaluronidase to break up the particles and accelerate the rate at which the fillers break down. Dr. Idriss says the process only lasts a few seconds and the results are instant, but it could take a few days for the filler to totally go down as well as any swelling. Oh, and beware: It hurts like a _____.

3. What will fillers look like on me?

Like an artist with paint, every doctor has a favorite formula and technique they like to use. As Dr. Idriss explains, “Think of HA fillers almost like a paintbrush. You can have somebody who can create a Monet type of painting or a Van Gogh. It’s the technique they use with that filler that creates the lift, volume, and final result.”

Dr. Idriss prefers to use Restylane in her older patients to reshape and redefine the border or “scaffolding” of the lips that fades over time. And in younger patients with thinner lips, she likes to use Juvéderm Volbella for that oomph and volume. All that’s to say, when choosing your doctor, consider their aesthetic as an important part of the decision.

4. How do I find the right physician?

To avoid a botched job, you should only see a board-certified professional, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is highly experienced in this specific procedure. Ask to see pictures of what that provider has done, and also look at the staff’s faces. Dr. Idriss says the staff can be the best litmus test of the doctor’s work, because they’ve likely been worked on.

5. Are there any risks to fillers?

Although fillers are commonly considered a “lunchtime procedure,” you need to view this as a potentially invasive procedure with the possibility of serious risks, such as vascular occlusion (rare, but can lead to tissue necrosis), before making the final decision to go through with it.

6. How much do lip fillers cost?

Brace yourself: They can cost anywhere from $550 to $2,000. The price depends on the type of filler, the amount of filler you get, the physician you see, and the region you live in. Either way, start saving your pennies, and don’t cheap out by going to some discount spa. It’s not worth the risk.

7. How big will my lips get?

Don’t expect to walk away with giant lips after one appointment. Expect to increase the size gradually over time for the most natural results. Since there’s a lot of swelling at first that can distort the shape, you need to give your lips time to adapt to the newly placed volume and settle into their natural state before assessing.

Dr. Idriss says the most she’ll inject in one session is one syringe’s worth, which gives lips a nice increase in volume with a noticeable difference, depending on how it’s done. “As you do this procedure over and over, you forget where you were at baseline,” Dr. Idriss says. “So you have to find a physician who’s going to keep you in check, because you don’t want to go overboard and start looking really ducky or inflated.”

8. How long do fillers last?

About six months. Womp. But they might last a few months longer for some people—and they might also dissolve quicker for others. How long your lips stay plump and how quickly the filler breaks down really depend on your body’s metabolism.

9. How do I prepare for my appointment?

Maybe get your selfie arm ready, but also make sure to avoid blood thinners. Thinner blood will make the area more prone to bruising and bleeding, so 10 days prior, stop taking painkillers (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen), fish oil, and vitamin E—and, yes, even alcohol. And anyone who has a history of cold sores should take their prevention medication two days before the procedure, because it could trigger a flare-up.

What to Expect During the Procedure

10. Will I have to get numbed?

The doctor can numb the area around your lips with a dental nerve block (an injection into your gums just like a dentist would do before filling a cavity), or you can opt for a topical anesthetic (numbing cream), which Dr. Idriss prefers. “When you do a dental nerve block, it changes the way you move your lips and what the shape looks like for a couple hours,” she says. “I’d rather see your natural movement.”

11. Do lip fillers hurt?

Once numb, you’ll feel a little prick and slight pressure. Once the filler is injected, your lips will feel a dull kind of throbbing, but it shouldn’t be too intensely painful if you’re numbed up. The doctor will then massage your lips a little, ice them for 10 minutes, and then let you go about your day.

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12. Can I get just one lip injected?

Sure! Do one! Or two! Whether you want to do both lips, just the bottom lip, or the middle of the top lip, you can plump wherever you and your doctor decide will best complement the rest of your facial features.

13. How quickly will I see results?

Your lips will be a little swollen at first, but you’ll see the effects of the fillers pretty quickly. You can take an antihistamine, or Dr. Idriss says she will give her patients a small dose of oral steroids to help with the swelling for the first 24 hours. Most of the swelling will subside in a day, but you’ll need a good three to five days for your lips to fully settle.

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What to Expect After the Procedure

14. Will I bruise or bleed after getting fillers?

Possibly yes, for both. Dr. Idriss recommends her patients start using Arnica—a natural pain reliever that can be taken orally or topically—a couple days before and after in order to reduce post-filler bruising and inflammation, but she also notes that patients who have had blood clots or take blood thinners should not use the oral form. The bruises should fade after five to seven days, but your doctor can also use a vascular laser to make them disappear faster if you have, you know, a major red-carpet event.

15. What’s the downtime for fillers?

Practically none. The procedure takes about 15 to 20 minutes total, and the numbing will start to wear off after about 30 minutes. You can go about your daily life afterward but shouldn’t make any big plans (like a wedding or an important event) for at least three days, in case you bruise.

16. Can I exercise afterward?

Sorry, but stay out of the gym for at least 24 hours. You especially should avoid activities that increase blood flow to your face, like getting a massage or facial or doing headstands (all you yogis), which can only add to the swelling.

17. Will my lips feel weird after fillers?

If they’re done correctly, you shouldn’t feel any different after the swelling goes down. Yep, not even when you’re kissing.

18. Will I have lumps or bumps in my lips?

Honestly, you might. “If your lips are extremely small and you’re trying to volumize them, you might have a little bit of a higher risk of having a lump or a bump,” Dr. Idriss says. “If they’re completely on the superficial aspect of your lip, the exterior portion of your lip, it’s more likely poor injection technique.” As long as they’re not visible when you’re smiling or talking, it’s not a big deal.

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19. Will my fillers migrate or move?

Depending on the properties of the hyaluronic-acid fillers, some tend to diffuse (aka move) more than others after they’re injected. When they’re placed excessively in a very refined area, they can diffuse into the upper cutaneous lip (the skin area above your lip) and create that fuller upper lip look (you know the one). Again, make sure you choose a reputable doctor and listen to their advice.

20. Are lip fillers permanent?

Nope, sorry, temporary means temporary, and your lips will go back to normal eventually. And despite what you might think, your lips will not turn into saggy, deflated skin bags. On the contrary, Dr. Idriss says injecting your lips indirectly stimulates your own collagen production because of the trauma by the needle, so your lips could actually remain a bit larger after injections. Win-win, right?

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Unofficial lip filler ambassadress Kylie Jenner. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Despite the media’s scandalized reaction when Kylie Jenner finally admitted to having lip fillers last May, lip augmentation procedures have exploded in popularity over the past few years — especially for people in the 20- to 30-year-old age range. The tools and methods of lip enhancement have advanced to the point where almost everything is reversible and the risk of allergic reaction, especially for injectables, is almost zero. We spoke to a dermatologist and a surgeon to get all the details on lip augmentation for those considering it. Temporary lip fillers are the best option for those new to the plumping process, so we have focused our explainer exclusively on that approach unless noted otherwise.

Read on for everything you’ll need to know before, during and after lip augmentation treatments.

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FIND AN EXCELLENT DOCTOR

“It’s science and art when it comes to lip injections,” says Dr. Marina Peredo, a board-certified dermatologist who has offices in Manhattan and Long Island. “My expression is: it’s not what’s in the needle, it’s who is behind the needle.” The lips are one of the most delicate parts of the face and require the attention of a doctor with many years of experience. Dr. Peredo advises to do research online, listen to recommendations from friends and avoid Groupon deals or anything shady. Dr. Jeffrey B. Wise, a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with offices in Manhattan at JTAV Clinical Skincare and New Jersey, agrees. “It’s important to ensure that the doctor is board-certified. I think someone who concentrates exclusively on facial aesthetics is probably a plus.” Check online reviews, too. “It’s not a guarantee, but it’s certainly an indication that that doctor does generally good work.”

Dr. Peredo says many patients bring in pictures of Angelina Jolie’s famous pout to illustrate the look they want. Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images

WHAT’S IN THE NEEDLE?

“Generally speaking in 2016, most people inject the hyaluronic acid compound and those consist of brand names like Juvederm, Restylane, Restylane Silk or Belotero — there are tons out there but those are the big ones right now,” says Dr. Wise. He favors Juvederm Ultra Plus because it’s smooth and predictable, while Dr. Peredo likes to use Juvederm and/or Restylane Silk, depending on the patient’s goals. Hyaluronic acids have a gel-like quality to them and fill in deficient volume in the lips. They are natural and very safe — Dr. Wise says out of the 25,000 to 50,00 people that he’s injected, no one has had an allergic reaction. The brand names are essentially all the same, so Dr. Peredo says they have different personalities. She uses Juvederm for volume and Restylane Silk to add structure, especially for older patients who want more definition on the lining of the lip or vermilion border. “I call it a lipstick in a syringe, so when it’s injected into the lip itself it will not necessarily make the lips fuller, but it will make the lips very, very smooth,” she says.

The body breaks down the acids slowly over time. Dr. Wise says patients usually come back to see him five or six months after their last treatment, but it can be as early as three depending on your body. Dr. Peredo puts the timeline at six to nine months. She says injectables in the lining last longer over time because the body is spurred to increase collagen production, while volume injections in the body of the lip don’t have a cumulative affect.

YOUR LIPS WILL RETURN TO NORMAL IF YOU WANT TO STOP

If you want the lip filler removed faster for whatever reason — say you don’t like the look — a doctor can inject a compound called hyaluronidase, which immediately reverses the effects.

And, if you decide to discontinue using lip fillers, your lips won’t look like deflated sausages. “Generally speaking, whatever augmentation you might get from a lip filler, the lip and the lining of the lip retracts back to its normal shape,” says Dr. Wise. It just depends on how long it takes for your body to break down the hyaluronic acid.

HOW PAINFUL WILL IT BE?

Not that painful. Most doctors apply a topical anesthetic beforehand and there is often a bit of anesthetic in the needle itself. Dr. Peredo says she might only need to do four to six injections if a patient just wants volume, while attention to the lining of the lip could require more pricks — somewhere around 20.

The procedure depends completely on the doctor, and Dr. Wise uses a different approach. “We actually don’t use needles: we use something called canulas,” he says. A canula is a blunt device or tube that looks like a needle but isn’t sharp. After inserting two tiny needle sticks into the corners of the mouth, he introduces micro-canulas that glide through a special plane of lip. It sounds complicated but Dr. Wise says “it’s quite comfortable” and results in less swelling and bruising.

RECOVERY TIME

No matter the technique doctors use, there is a degree of swelling and sometimes bruising. But it should only last a few days, a week at the very most. Dr. Peredo says it’s not a good idea to get lip fillers a week before a big event; give the lips time to settle. She recommends no alcohol, exercise or kissing for 48 hours. Dr. Wise recommends sleeping slightly elevated for a few days and always prescribes homeopathic preparations like arnica montana to help the bruising and swelling resolve faster. Both said cold compresses help, too.

RETAIN THE PROPORTIONS OF THE LIP

The best way to avoid looking like a Real Housewife of Sausage-Lip City is to ease into lip filling and always maintain proportion and balance. This is why it’s key you find an experienced injector: Dr. Wise says that naturally, the bottom lip is two-thirds bigger than the top lip and that ratio needs to be maintained as you add fullness. Symmetry is also important. “The sides of the face could be sisters, but the sides of the lips have to be twins — if you are a little bit off it’s really noticeable,” says Dr. Peredo, who has turned away patients who have wanted too much filler.

Both doctors also recommended conservative doses in early visits, advising patients to come back a few weeks after their first session to confirm they like the look and understand how much amplification they actually want.

IT’S NOT CHEAP

The cost of each treatment varies by doctor, geographical location and complexity of the procedure. In Manhattan, where prices are always higher, the doctors estimate the cost to run anywhere between $600 to $2,000 per treatment. (A single treatment could constitute multiple sessions, especially in those earlier visits, says Dr. Peredo.) Regardless, it’s a pricey habit.

PERMANENT LIP AUGMENTATION

For those committed to lip enhancement for the long term, a permanent solution is both more economical and less time-consuming. Patients would need to see a surgeon like Dr. Wise, who favors solid silicone lip implants from the brand PermaLip. The implants come in three volume sizes that can be adjusted for the length of the mouth and he inserts them through a two-millimeter incision in each corner of the mouth. Dr. Wise uses local anesthesia and patients can expect more swelling and bruising than with temporary fillers. The silicone can last a lifetime but a full removal isn’t a big production because unlike silicone or fat injections, it’s a solid piece that can be removed the same way it was inserted and in a matter of minutes. ” a lot more popular than they used to be because they are so fully reversible,” says Dr. Wise. Lip implant prices range from $3,000 to $5,000.

In conclusion: if you have the money and are more than a little bit curious about how your lips would look fuller or more defined, now’s a pretty good time to try lip augmentation. Odds are, more than a few people you know already have.

The year was 2003 and you were nobody (like, nobody) if your Dooney & Burke bag didn’t contain a rollerball of Narciso Rodriguez for Her, a frosty eye shadow that totally matched your shirt and a DuWop Lip Venom to apply religiously. You’d layer on the shimmering, sticky goo until your lips shone so brightly they could be seen from space and stung so much that you had a whole new excuse not to raise your hand in Geometry.

Lip plumpers were an early-aughts beauty essential in all their bee-stung glory, but like face framing platinum highlights and those eggcrate-like scrunchy shirts that shrunk down to nothing, they fell out of favor eventually, possibly when everybody finally admitted how unpleasant it was to walk around feeling like your lips were on fire. But with the rise of Kardashian/Jenners and lip injections, the voluminous lip look has nonetheless exploded in popularity since then.

Maybe it was the way advances in technology made noninvasive procedures like lip augmentations easier than ever; maybe it was the proliferation of social media (we’re not pointing fingers here, but Kylie Jenner didn’t have a lip challenge named after her for nothing). Whatever the reason, big lips are hotter than ever right now, which naturally means that lip plumpers were primed for a comeback.

Luckily for your lips, this new generation of volumizers is more committed to long-term, painless plumping than the stinging versions of the early millennium. Where the old style of lip plumpers mainly relied on irritants like cinnamon or capsaicin (yes, the same ingredient that’s in pepper spray) to bring blood close to the surface of the lips and cause mild swelling, most of the new versions are borrowing ideas from their more hardcore lip augmentation brethren, fillers.

The 2017 version of non-invasive lip plumpers. Photo: Lauren Hubbard

“The biggest crossover ingredient in topical plumpers and injectable fillers is hyaluronic acid,” says Dr. Shereene Idriss, a cosmetic dermatologist, who considers it the best, safest option for non-permanent plumping effects. If you’re a beauty fiend, no doubt hyaluronic acid sounds familiar; it appears in all sorts of moisturizers and serums nowadays. The molecule is derived from sugar, making the chances of an allergic reaction low even for sensitive types, and it can hold up to one thousand times its own weight in water, aka ideal for locking moisture into the skin. Fillers favor it because HA naturally occurs in the body and is slowly broken down over time, so it’s much more natural looking and feeling, not to mention far more reversible than old school lip fillers like silicones or fats.

“When applied topically on your lips, hyaluronic acid gives the appearance of fuller, plumper lips by hydrating the surface of your lips,” explains Idriss. Essentially these new lip plumpers work like a lip balm turned up to 11, filling the skin cells in your lips up to the brim with moisture so your lips look their most naturally full and plumped. They also have the potential to yield longer term results than ye olde Lip Venom, though you have to use them consistently to maintain the effects. It’s also worth noting that in the same way that serious skin moisturizers can minimize fine lines and wrinkles without increasing the size of your face, these filler alternatives are best suited to making lips look more plush and naturally voluminous, not giving you a major sizing change an injectable will provide.

As for those “other” lip plumpers you’ve seen around, suction cups like FullLips or electrical devices like Ziip, which has a lip plumping setting? “Lip plumping devices using electro-currents are great for a quick fix, but they come at a heavy price that makes it hard to justify their short lasting results,” says Idriss. “By relaxing and dilating the blood vessels in your lips, devices like Ziip temporarily increase the blood supply to your lips, causing them to swell in the short-term with minimal risk.” That minimal risk doesn’t hold up for suction products though, as anyone who has ever made the mistake of Google image searching “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge” can attest. Suction is much for dangerous for your mouth, according to Idriss, because, “It essentially causes trauma to your lips. If done in excess, it can result in bruising, blistering, and extreme swelling.” Yeah, hard pass.

To see how these new style of plumpers stack up, I tested out several of these noninvasive, at-home products on my own personal pout (the sacrifices I make for beauty reporting) The results? Check out my before and afters below:

Fillerina Lip Plump

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Folks who hate the feel of lip products, take note: Fillerina focuses on the power of hyaluronic acid, with a skin-care line featuring several creams and treatments as well as this, their signature lip plumper. As Idriss notes, “hyaluronic acid, although a single ingredient, is not created equal across the board. It comes in different formulations with various molecular sizes and weights.” To pack in maximum plumping power, this super-light gel serum includes six different HA molecules and comes in three different strength formulas, so you can choose the intensity based on what kind of results you’re after.

It comes in a clickable rollerball that feels pleasantly cool on lips and soaks in before you even have a chance to press your lips together. It’s completely clear and leaves no noticeable residue behind if you opt for the recommended dose (get carried away with your clicking, and you may notice some pilling). In fact, the au naturale feel was the most disconcerting part of using this plumper for me; as a lip balm obsessive, the feeling of my lips not being noticeably coated in something sent “DANGER!” signals to my brain.

That said, my lips never felt dry, even after eschewing my usual overnight coating of Vaseline. I did ultimately give in to the urge to apply lipstick over the gel when I went out, but the brand assures me that’s no problem; just make sure that the product has fully absorbed before you layer anything else on top of it. If you’re not somebody who applies lip balm like it’s a full time job (see: me) the three to five recommended daily applications might get annoying, but I didn’t have any trouble remembering when it was time to reapply. The hardest part was remembering to keep the product with me (it’s not the daintiest of tubes).

As for the plumping factor, I will go ahead and say for full disclosure that the instructions suggest a four-week round of use for best results (which can be repeated every three to four months), and as of this writing, I’ve only completed three of those weeks with the Grade 1 strength (the mildest of the three versions). Given that caveat, I can’t say I’ve noticed a dramatic change in the overall volume of my lips. They feel consistently moisturized and comfortable, and I could definitely see the appeal of using it under other lip colors, especially matte ones, all plumping concerns aside. It also goes a long way; in three weeks of daily application, I’ve only used up about a quarter of the product. But at $89, this may not be the top choice for thin-lipped types on a budget.

Dr. Brandt Needles No More 3-D Lip Plump Fix

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For those who prefer a more traditional balm-y feel to their lip products, there’s this injection alternative from Dr. Brandt. This version packs two treatments — a soft pink “AM” formula with a faint fruity scent and a white “PM” one that leaves a slight menthol tingle in its wake — into one tube. Each formula is housed in its own tiny capsule inside of a larger tube; twist the bottom of the tube to switch between AM and PM, or to lock it down between uses. Here, hyaluronic acid bands together with peptides, shea and moringa butters, and botanical oils like coconut and jojoba to deeply moisturize. I found the plastic applicator tip unwieldy and ultimately just applied both versions with my fingers, but otherwise the pump tube worked well.

Like the Fillerina plumper, this one is meant to be used in the long term, though this one splits the difference by including the instant results of the AM with the commitment-required PM. The plumping effects are pretty much what you would expect from an intensely hydrating lip balm, although I’ve only been able to use it over the course of a few days, so I can’t say for sure that the longer term effects won’t be more impressive. Still, the formula feels nice and left my lips hydrated (even by my overly intense standards) all day long, despite forcing myself not to use any other products. I also suspect that the volumizing effects might be more obvious on those with deeper lines on and around their lips to begin with.

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme

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Of the versions I tested, this was by far the most like the old-school lip plumpers you remember and also easily the most instantaneously effective. Though not as irritating to the skin, and far less like applying straight honey to your mouth than your middle school fave, this Too Faced product has a distinct… sensation. On first application, it feels like a light gloss (think: the difference between your current favorite gloss and those ancient Lancôme Juicy Tubes). Then, within the first minute or two, a slight sensation begins to build, somewhere between a pepper-burn and the pins-and-needles tingling you get when your foot falls asleep.

It intensifies over the course of another minute or so and then starts to level out — not painful, but not something you can just forget about, either. The feeling lasts for about 10 minutes, while the plumping effects of blood rushing to the surface of your lips hang around for about half an hour. My lips also got noticeably pinker (there is a less-extreme version that also comes in a variety of colors, though this one is exclusively clear with a nearly imperceptible shimmer), including the area slightly beyond the border of my lips, so I’d recommend not applying right up to the vermilion border.

While it had the most obvious immediate effects, unlike the others, this version isn’t designed to help with long-term plumping, making it a good choice if you’re looking for a little bonus pout in your Instagram shot, but less ideal for all day use.

Lovely Me:ex BeBe Lip Mask

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Lip mask brand KNC became wildly popular on Instagram (and even got Kardashian approval) with its volume boosting blend of collagen and hyaluronic acid. That version has also become nigh impossible to get your hands on, so I opted for this more accessible hydrogel version from my local The Face Shop that shares most of the same ingredients. Application-wise it’s exactly the same as slapping on your favorite sheet mask, with one section for your upper lip and another for the lower. I was afraid that without the major contours of a face to cling to they would slip right off, but once I got them positioned correctly (matching up the edges of my relatively small lips without getting a mouth full of mask was a challenge) they hung on well.

While the sections of the mask are separate, I wouldn’t recommend trying to have a major conversation with it on, but talking was possible with some slight readjustment. After 20 minutes, I peeled the masks off to find my lips much softer, with no discernible film. They felt slightly plumped and had that kind of post-spa-treatment feel that makes you want to use meaningless words like nourished, but again I can’t say I noticed dramatic plumping results. Still, for those post-salt rimmed margarita days of summer coming up, I can absolutely see the appeal of having a few of these stocked in your cabinet.

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Can You Do Lip Injections At Home?

Reasons Why You Don’t Want Lip Injections At Home

If you are wondering if you can do lip injections at home, the quick and simple answer to the question is that yes, but you don’t want to. However, you don’t just do lip injections at home blindly. Most people do not know this, but even the most seasoned expert of dermal fillers turn away lips, at least when they are new to the job.

This really isn’t surprising when you consider that the lips are its own wonderland. You might think it’s easy to turn thin lips into a pouting vision, but this is never the case. That said if you want to use dermal fillers by yourself in the comfort of your own home, feel free to do it yourself. However, do not skip the part about seeking out experts on how to do it. No, you do not need to meet an expert in person. Sometimes, it is enough to check videos published by professionals.

We think that the more important part of the job is practicing, that is, practice injecting on something. Not on your own lips, of course. You could practice on something that is close to the human lips in texture. We were about to suggest pig lips but that’s just something at the top of our heads. You might be grossed at the sight of a pig’s head in front of you.

In any case, do research on the materials that you can practice injecting on. Of course, you don’t practice with real dermal fillers, that would be a very expensive option. What you want to do is train your hand to inject in order to achieve a certain goal, or in this case, a certain bulge.

Once you are confident about your injection skills, it’s time to buy those dermal fillers. If you search for it online, you will see that there are many products that fit the category. Which one do you choose? For us, it all boils down to buying the product that has been specifically for DIY users.

We are not actually sure if there are dermal fillers that are made specifically for home users, however, if you do research, we are pretty sure that you will find one.

Please take note. Not all dermal products are created alike, and there are those that are definitely better than others. Make sure that you do research on which ones have been voted the best.

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Ditch Lip Injections With These 9 Lip Plumping Hacks!

We’re all OBSESSED with having plump lips. We literally can’t even scroll down our Insta feed without seeing a full, juicy pout staring us in the face. Basically, we’re open to all kinds of ludicrous methods to achieve it – although maybe not taking on the Kylie Jenner challenge because we’ve all seen the horrific pictures of how that turned out! So, here’re nine DIY concoctions, techniques, and (safe) lip plumping tools you can use to enhance your lips for a more voluptuous look. These ingredients work by creating mild irritation to your lips, which increases blood flow. These are our tried and tested DIYs that actually WORK!

1. Toothpaste: Probably the quickest DIY ever, and it’s so simple: cover your lips with a thick layer of toothpaste and leave it on for just 10 seconds! Wipe it away, et voila, a smooth, plump pout.

2. Cinnamon: Cinnamon’s been used in beauty for thousands of years, and because it stimulates blood flow so effectively, it’s one of the main ingredients in a ton of lip plumpers. For a lip plumper on the go, add a couple of drops of cinnamon oil to your FAV lip gloss. For a more intense effect, mix cinnamon powder with a moisturizer like Vaseline, olive oil, honey, or any balm, and apply this to your lips for a minute or so before removing with a damp towel. You’ll notice an intense tingling; this just means it’s working!

3. Overlining and Contouring: This is still my favorite hack to date, and I think it’s probably the most effective for faking fuller lips in just minutes. The technique involves contouring and drawing slightly outside your natural lip line – check out my tutorial. It also makes your lipstick last ALLL day!

4. Wasabi: Believe it or not, Wasabi isn’t just delicious with your sushi; it will plump up your lips in less than a minute too. It might feel a little uncomfortable, but it’s got to feel better than an injection!

5. Peppermint Oil: Like cinnamon, peppermint also causes a rush of blood to your lips. Mix peppermint oil with a little honey, apply to your lips and remove after one minute. Alternatively, add a few drops of peppermint oil to your lip balm or gloss and plump as you go.

6. Too Faced Lip Injection: This product really works, and I’ve been a fan of it for years! They’ve also released an extreme formula and colored gloss versions. Check out my review here.

7. Cayenne Pepper: This can get pretty hot and spicy, so if you can’t handle the heat, you might be better sticking with cinnamon. Just mix a pinch of cayenne pepper with a teaspoon of olive oil (I’ve been tempted to use a few drops of sriracha in the past – I LOVE it!) and apply a thick layer of the mixture to your lips. Leave on for 1-2 minutes (or as long as you can last), before wiping it away with a damp towel.

8. Lip Plumping Suction Tools: Okay, these are definitely something you need to be careful with (from experience they can hurt a little), as you can bruise your lips if you use them too intensely. However, if ‘suffer to be beautiful’ is your motto then this is definitely an effective cosmetic alternative.

9. The Ultimate Plumping Mix: If you’re feeling daring, then a potent combination of some of the above ingredients gives you crazy-good results! In a small container, combine ½ tsp of cayenne pepper, ½ tsp of cinnamon, a pinch of ginger powder, a drop of peppermint oil, and combine with 2 tsp of oil, like coconut oil or olive oil. Once the ingredients are well mixed, gently massage the mix into your lips for ten seconds and leave on for up to 2 minutes – if you can!

And finally (and most importantly!), just because bigger lips might be everywhere on Instagram, it doesn’t mean they’re the perfect look for every person! Everyone’s face is different, and we all suit different lip shapes and sizes, so stay steer clear of the shot glass hack or excessively using lip plumping devices. Not only can these cause short-term bruising, major swelling, and a lot of pain, but if done repeatedly they can destroy your lips’ natural collagen levels and weaken the skin tissue, causing a deflated look. So always be careful using unconventional methods. AND, that’s why we love lip contouring, it lasts all day and wipes away at night!

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