Experiences with fillers

May 30, 2017

Just over two months ago I decided to get fillers done. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now and an opportunity presented itself so I decided to take the plunge. After watching quite a few gruesome videos and seeing some terrible before and after shots I wavered, but I did it in the end. It’s not something I’ve seen many bloggers in South Africa talk about (but in reality, many people do) and I wanted to shed light on this procedure and tell you about my experience.

My lips

Let’s talk about my lips. While they have good shape, they are little lacklustre in size. Especially today when we’re all obsessed with Kylie Jenner lips I’ve been feeling like mine don’t quite measure up to others.  I have also always felt that my lips could be bigger, I don’t want to be Kylie Jenner, but just more than two lines next to each other. Dr Bhana felt that my lips had a great shape and decided to add a small amount of filler and shape the cupids bow. At the time I didn’t quite understand but now that my lips have been ‘reshaped’ I can really tell the difference, my upper lip has a more defined shape and looks beautiful when I apply lipstick.
In the first photo below you can really get an idea of what my lips used to look like, not terrible, but not the best. The photo below is from my recent look post. It’s clear that even now, two months down the line, my lips are fuller and have a slightly different shape. My bottom lip now has substantially more volume. It’s also really clear in the photo above.

The procedure

So lip fillers today can be permanent or temporary. Temporary lip fillers mostly involve a hyaluronic acid filler being injected into your lips, with the effect lasting anywhere between 3 and 18 months. I had Belotero done, which is a soft filler that will last between 3-6 months.

Your doctor

I highly recommend doing tons of research on your doctor before you get your fillers done. Request to see before and after pictures and ask about their credentials at the very least. While fillers are temporary, this is still a surgical procedure and you should ensure that you are in the most qualified hands you can think of.

Always check the following:

  1. What’s their bedside manner like? Good doctors should never rush you and should only be willing to do what you want to do. That being said, know exactly what you want before entering your doctors office. They might not be able to give it all to you (think I’m probably never going to look like Kylie Jenner) but when you know what you want, you’ll be happier with the result.
  2. Check the cleanliness and safety of the office.
  3. Their qualifications. So important, ask them about their qualifications and what training they have received.

The injections

Yes, you will get injections into your lips, there isn’t any other way to do it. The practitioner will first numb the area either using a dental block (literally the same injections used in dental procedures) or use a topical Lidocaine application. I had the topical application and it worked well enough for me. I could feel the injections but they were not unbearable. Probably a 4/10. The injections themselves did feel quite weird because I could feel the product in my lip and the pulling sensation as the needle is pulled through your lip. It is uncomfortable but are injections ever pleasant?

Be aware of the following:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Allergies

All the above can happen so it’s important to talk about them with your doctor. If your doctor brushes off side effects or possible complications I wouldn’t suggest working with them, complications are real things and more than that, if they make you uncomfortable, part of the job of the practitioner is to ensure that you are at ease and fully aware of all the possibilities of the procedure.

I was very lucky and I didn’t experience any of these side effects other than mild swelling. The Belotero filler is so soft and it feels 100% natural. I literally cannot feel anything inside my lips, nor can I feel any bumps or irregularities. I believe this is partly because of the filler and the expertise of the practitioner who did mine.

My injections were done by Dr Anjana Bhana and I was so impressed by her knowledge, bedside manner, offices and technique. I recommend her and I will definitely go back to her if I need to get anything else done. I’m seriously considering getting a longer-lasting filler done to keep this shape. What do you think?

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  • Reply Vivella May 31, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    To be honest your lips look nice both before and after the procedure and it is very hard to see much of a difference as the photos are not close up shots. Is there any way you can do a frontal shot of the ‘after’ to compare with the one photo you had of ‘before’? I am curious as my top lip is very similar to yours, with a pronounced cupid bow, so I am interested to see what the difference is. Thanks so much for sharing your experience, I agree it was very tastefully done and looks natural!

    • Reply Zaahirah Bhamjee May 31, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      Sure I will. 🙂 I was trying hard to keep it to flattering photos!

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