As you guys know by now, I’m not afraid to try new things to enhance my appearance and fight the signs of aging. Nor am I too vain to talk about any procedures that I’ve had. I like procedures that keep things looking natural rather than procedures that are quite obvious. I’m not hiding anything and never have. I prefer to share my experiences in the hopes that they can help someone else. I hate the vertical lines around my lips more than anything in this aging process (so far). I decided to have fillers put in the lines around my lips in hopes that they would disappear.
My latest adventure includes half of a syringe of a recently new to the market product called Restylane Silk. This new product is from Galderma, the makers of the regular Restylane product. This time I actually had a combination of both the Silk and regular Restylane. Both of these products are made of hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced by the human body, therefore it is accepted well. The Restylane Silk is a thinner hyaluronic acid product that is designed to be used in and around the lips and I believe it’s the only one on the market at this time designed for this purpose. It’s supposed to be smoother and not cause lumps and bumps like Restylane and other fillers can. However, it doesn’t build volume as well, hence the reason that we used both types for this go round. I had only one-quarter of a syringe of the regular Restylane to add a tiny bit of volume to the top lip. Therefore, a total of three-fourths of a syringe of products are now in and around my lips.
To prepare for the procedure I took Bromelain tablets and Arnica Montana (both are natural remedies for bruising and swelling. I also ate lots of pineapple, which contains bromelain. The pictures below are a progression of how things panned out for me. The first pictures are before and immediately after the injections. Right after the procedure the lips look fairly normal. However, both of the products attract water from within the body and swelling is to be expected but temporary. Scroll down for my “yikes” picture. It also helps to also apply ice packs often to reduce the swelling, which I did for the first 24 hours or so.
I continued taking the Bromelian extract from the health food store and Arnica Montana tablets to keep swelling and bruising at bay. I was also told to drink a lot of water and to wear lip gloss on my lips to keep the moisture in. I’m not trying to achieve a full pouty lip. What I’d like is to soften the lines around my lips. I’m realistic. A better and smoother appearance is what I want, not perfection.
Verdict: Overall I’m pretty happy with this procedure. To be honest, I’d like a fuller top lip and would probably have additional product added next time I do this. Unfortunately, the filler usually doesn’t last more than six months. It is absorbed and metabolized by the body. For very little down time and a fairly low cost (about $400), I’d say that this procedure is worth it. I always recommend doing your research and finding a qualified person to administer the fillers.
What do you think? If you’ve had this or something else done for lip lines please let me know as I continue searching for the best procedure to conquer my vertical lip line dilemma.