What is the point of lip fillers? I asked myself this question when the idea of having fuller, more plump lips popped into my mind. Could this be the reason why some women have them? Contrary to popular belief amongst critics, fuller lips look luscious (from a personal standpoint). You could be delighted with your physical appearance but may still want to experiment with a particular treatment without overdoing the process. Firstly, seek professional medical advice and adhere to the recommended dosage.
Who influenced lip fillers? The Kardashians? No. Jessica Rabbit and Betty Boop, who have been around much longer than the Kardashians, had something to do with influencing this aesthetic. They were both, albeit iconic fictional characters, the epitome of female embodiment and body positivity.
Moving onto why I had lip fillers, the bigger, the better (what more can I say)! Furthermore, fuller lips and bodies are not a new trend, although Kylie Jenner fans may beg to differ; instead, they represent black culture and identity, according to some. Ironically, plump lips are a “thing” of the modern-day, despite past ostracisation.
It is imperative to undergo the necessary research when choosing a medical aesthetic practitioner. They must be qualified and insured. Most importantly, ensure you feel comfortable with the practitioner and environment in which the treatment takes place. Founder of Arte Medical Aesthetics, based in Temptation Studios, Royal Docks, Esra is an Aesthetic Prescriber Pharmacist and Obagi Skincare Prescriber. We met through The Riverscape Power Talk series – a community initiative – back in October 2022. I was thrilled to learn more about Esra’s services and support a local business. Before our business affairs entered the conversation, however, Esra and I immediately hit it off without any pretence. We engaged in banter and light-hearted talk about life in general – I felt comfortable and knew I was in the hands of a genuine person and professional. Her medical advice proved invaluable, including the following lip care tips pre– and post-treatment:
Avoid Aspirin and Anti-Inflammatory drugs five days before the treatment.
Avoid alcohol consumption 24 hours before getting the treatment, as it causes blood thinning.
Seven-ten days before the procedure and two days after treatment, avoid Vitamin E, fish oil, Ginko Biloba, St johns wart, ginseng, flaxseed,omega-3, glucosamine and garlic. Such supplements and herbs may cause excessive bleeding or bruising.
Three days and on the day before the appointment, and again following treatment:
Eat at least 1 cup of fresh pineapple or pineapple juice. The enzyme it contains can help prevent bruising and swelling.
Thirty minutes after treatment and another two days, apply Arnica gel to help reduce bruising.
The first day or two following treatment, avoid strenuous exercise.
After the procedure, apply a cool compress for eight hours to reduce swelling.
Avoid touching the treated area for 6 hours to prevent infection and allow the injection sites to close.
Do not apply makeup to the treated area for at least 12 hours.
For two weeks or until any undesirable reactions have fully healed, avoid exposing the treated area to extreme temperatures, e.g., cold, heat, sunbathing, or sunbeds.
Avoid putting too much pressure on the treated area for a week.
Allow yourself to rest and recover after your treatment.
Esra concluded, “following your treatment, you may experience some redness, tenderness, numbness, itching or bruising at the injection site – this is completely normal and will disappear within a few days. Lip filler treatment swelling may last up to 2 weeks.”
Twenty minutes before my treatment, I applied a small amount of Emla numbing cream to my lips, as advised by Esra, also known as a well-tolerated topical anaesthetic agent for needle insertion.
Esra removed the Emla cream and cleaned my lips before administering high-quality Juvederm dermal fillers. Initially, I experienced a slight discomfort which lasted for approximately two seconds. Esra applied the filler thoroughly, advising that “the result is not only determined by the quality of the product but also by the expertise of the injector”. Esra is a prescriber with a level 7 qualification in aesthetics. Moreover, I noticed that she did not rush the procedure and constantly asked how I felt. One hour later, when the treatment ended, my lips felt supple and looked naturally uplifted with an additional pout, topped with Arnica cream to prevent bruising.
My top tip from this experience is to apply two layers of Emla cream to the lips before the procedure to alleviate severe pain and drink water to facilitate before- and after-care. A person’s biological makeup can affect pain sensitivity and tolerance; thus, always seek professional advice and follow the necessary medical guidelines before any aesthetic treatment rather than preconceived beliefs.
Would I recommend Arte Medical services by Esra? Most definitely. She is highly professional, attentive and compassionate. Additionally, where Esra is based, Temptation Studios is a clean environment where I felt at ease. Esra adhered to strict hygiene and insisted on wearing a mask during the appointment, after which she provided me with Clinell skin cleaning wipes and Arnica tablets to aid after-care.
Esra is also an Obagi Skincare Prescriber. For a few weeks, I have been using Professional-C serum by Obagi Medical, which contains the L-ascorbic acid form of vitamin C. The 10% L-ascorbic acid helps brighten the skin. Fortunately for me, this product is suitable for dry and sensitive skin, which gives my skin the nourishment and rejuvenating glow needed during the winter season. I apply several drops of Obagi Professional-C serum to my face and neck before moisturising. Despite the cold weather, my skin, thanks to Obagi Medical, exudes the warmth of spring.