Extreme Beauty: Lip Injections

{Wearing: Jeans: c/o Lilac and Lilies Boutique. Top: c/o Lilac and Lilies Boutique. Necklace: c/o Yvonne Rose. Shoes: c/o T.J. Maxx. Bag: Vintage. Hair: c/o Contesta Rock Hair. Makeup: c/o Hippy GlowPhotographed by KarGar Ohh Snap at Espanola Way.}

I recently got my lips done on a routine Botox visit at Smith & Popov. We filled my pucker up with Restylane and Volbella to give them shape and a little plump-ness. It wasn’t my first time at this lip rodeo, but a year had passed since the last time and I wanted them to look slightly more full, so I dove right in. Danielle just happens to be the lip queen. She goes for a natural look. And she’s very very good at it. These pics were taken about a week after I had my lips done. I’m very happy with the results. Unlike last time, I knew what to expect this time around, which went something like this:

  1. Numbing cream.
  2. Needles to the lips, which, yes, hurts but only mentally because your lips are numb. However, you know there are needles going into your lips, which mentally makes it like 2,000 times worse. But in reality, it’s not that bad. Really, it’s not.
  3. Instant perfect pout. The shape you get the minute you finish is pretty much exactly what they will look like. BEFORE the swelling sets in.
  4. Swelling.
  5. More swelling.
  6. What I call the Kardashian moment, where you put on all your lipsticks and take 1,000 duck face pics.
  7. Freak out that the swelling is now what your lips will look like forever, even though you know it’s not.
  8. Send text to Danielle at Smith & Popov and make her reassure you the swelling will go down and you will not look like Lisa Rinna’s long lost sister for the rest of your days.
  9. Text at least a dozen pics of your lips to your mom and freak-out friend (we all have one of these) to ask if they look less swollen now than before, basically like every two hours for two days.
  10. Wake up the next day, put ice on them, realize everything Danielle said about the swelling was accurate and chill out.

The swelling is the part that gets me every time. It lasts around three days, with day one being the most intense. I know it’s not forever, but there’s a little factor at my house that makes me wonder. And then crazy brains set in and what I know to be hard truths is thrown to the curb for what ifs.

And that little factor’s name is Jorge. From almost all the women I’ve spoken to in my adventures in beauty enhancements, I’m come to realize that we all have a Jorge or a Ted or a Max or a Bill or a Mom. See, as much as we know what to expect and how grand the results will be, well, men and women who haven’t delved into this world, for the most part have no clue. So when I came home from my fulFILLING trip to Smith & Popov, Jorge’s experience went a little something like this:

  1. “I know you’ve done something. I don’t know what it is yet, but I know you’ve done something.”
  2. (Around two hours later) “What did you do to your lips?”
  3. “Is that what they are going to look like now? What if they get stuck like that?”
  4. “Why do you do this to yourself? You’re beautiful the way you are. Just stop messing with yourself. [Almost verbatim what my mom says. And while I consider this a truly beautiful sentiment, the reality is there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be done on the regular. Being a woman is no joke in the maintenance department.]
  5. “Your lips aren’t meant to be that big.” [Despite constant assurance that they are at the height of their swelling and will, in fact, not look like this. Along with texting evidence from Danielle to reinforce everything I just said.]
  6. Visible physical relief when I wake up the next day and they are half the size they were the day before.

Poor Jorge, and most guys and moms out there. They don’t understand that there is a true science behind what we women do to retain the youth that makes us feel beautiful and confident. It’s not just a random afternoon of sticking needles here and there. But unless you’ve experienced it yourself or researched it, it can be a scary thing. So I get where he and other men and moms are coming from with the epic freak out.  Trust me, I have a friend whose mom told her she would never be able to have children because she got Botox. That’s just not how that works. At all. And I’m not aiming to look like a Kardashian. I just want the best version of my lips. Not theirs.

Afterward, then the same thing happens every single time: About a week later, Jorge turns to me and says, “Wow, you look really beautiful!”

So, thanks Jen and Danielle for giving me that extra umph. And thanks, Jorge, for staying with me through the three days of transition. I know it looks crazy in the moment, but have faith I and the people I trust my face to have only good intentions. Not crazy, plastic frozen ones.

For those of you who are considering lip injections, know what to expect first. Do you research. Talk to Danielle. Ask to see pics. Talk to friends. Inform yourself. Then, consider doing it when you mom, boyfriend, hubby, what have you is away. Trust me, it’s just easier that way.

You can reach Smith & Popov at 305-393-2311 or online here.