As usual, I'm going to be 100% honest. When I was 15 years old, during Spring Break of my sophomore year of high school, I went under the knife for the first time and got a nose-job. I was one of the first girls in my grade to have plastic surgery. This was a procedure I had wanted for a long time and one which with I had long been familiar. As a young Jewish woman, the majority of ladies in my family also had rhinoplasty around the same age. Rightly or wrongly, the shape of my nose affected me and my self-confidence in those formative teenage years. So, as soon as I had the opportunity, I seized it. To this day, my nose-job was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I never kept it a secret and openly shared my experience with my friends and family after wards. It changed my perception of myself and my self-image and my self-esteem both blossomed. I learned from a young age that what people think of me is often inaccurate and should not overly-influence my decisions. However, since I was doing this for me and only me, then it was totally okay.
Fast forward to the age of 25 and I've now had my lips done three times. This is the only other cosmetic procedure I've undergone so far, and let me tell you that it has also been one of the better decisions I've made when it comes to building my self-confidence. It’s subtle (even my Dad didn’t notice until my Mom gave up the secret), but makes a difference.
I am extremely public on social media, so for those of you who follow along, you already know that I had my lips done at Arviv Aesthetics in Miami back in August. I made the choice to “get needled” when the fillers I had done in November dissolved. While I know that my lips were fine before I had them filled, couldn’t they be better? Fillers do not last forever, so I decided to just go for it.
Below, I'm sharing my open and honest experience of what it was like getting my lips done at Arviv. I've received an overwhelming amount of questions, so scroll down to take a behind the scenes look of before, after and even during my procedure!
Dr. Arviv used an entire syringe. The first time I had my lips done, I was a bit nervous, so I only did my top lip and used half of a syringe. Going into this session, though, I knew what to expect and exactly what I wanted.
I need to emphasize that Dr. Arviv is absolutely incredible.
She spent time with me asking me really important questions. What did I want? What filler did I want to use? How would I like to be numbed? She made me seem as if I were her only patient that mattered and that she had all the time in the world. This alone was so comforting. I instantly knew that I could trust Dr. Arviv with my lips, and anything else for that matter.
Do Lip Fillers Hurt?
Depending on your pain tolerance and whether or not you are comfortable with needles, lip fillers are really not that painful. The word I would use to describe the experience is: uncomfortable. I chose to get a dental block to numb my lips. Dr. Arviv went in with the numbing substance with a needle through my inner gums on the top left and right, bottom left and right corners of my mouth. Within seconds the entire bottom half of my face was numb and I could not feel a thing. That was the worst part, but it was quick. And again, it was mostly the discomfort of knowing where the needle was injecting.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
Lip Fillers typically last about 4-6 months. Now in October, my lips are the perfect shape and size and feel completely normal, but look incredibly full.
I am the type of person that bruises worse than a peach. I always have bruises up and down my legs, so the swelling was pretty bad. My mom told me I looked like a duck for the first two weeks, however, I kind of liked it especially when I was going for a "no makeup look." After two weeks, the swelling was gone.
Follow Up at Arviv
Two weeks after my procedure I want back to Arviv for a follow up. Dr. Arviv noticed that my fillers looked a bit uneven. To be honest, I did not even notice until she said something. We decided to go back in with the filler and even them out, this time without any numbing. It was a bit painful, but nothing too bad. My lips instantly felt different and I could tell that the filler was now breaking up where it had built up in my lips.
So Worth It
Trepidation behind me, knowing what to expect, knowing how quickly I heal, I love Dr. Arviv and what she has done for me. I highly recommend visiting the Arviv offices if you are considering getting your lips done.