I have been having lip fillers for the past 5 years *Shock Shock Horror*. Yes, thats right, before the Kylie Jenner lip obsession began! However, over the past few weeks people over my social media channels seem to have only started to notice since my last procedure. If you scroll through my YouTube or Instagram you will find the odd photo/video here and there of me with a larger pout but theres not many and none of my viewers noticed back then. The reason why there won’t be many photos/videos of myself with juicy lips despite having them done over the past 5 years is because the product never lasts very long on me. We’ve decided it could be that I have a fast metabolism so break down the product really fast or perhaps I didn’t use enough product for the desired result.
^ A couple of days after my first lip filler experience in 2010, I loved how they looked but they were still swollen. Side note, how orange do I look?! And those brows…urgh!
For years I went to a local clinic and would have 1ml of filler. I tried a product from Restylane, which now doesn’t exist, which lasted the longest out of all the products I had used. However, since that particular filler went off the market I have tried numerous products from Juvederm which only lasted for a very short amount of time, making it not worth the money. I tended to like the look of my lips when they were first done which meant they were still swollen. Therefore, by the time the swelling went down they weren’t much bigger than how they started, which is also a reason they probably didn’t seem to last too long.
Back in November I visited Dr Sarah Tonks at The Lovely Clinic inside Omniya in Knightsbridge, London. After a warm welcome we discussed the kind of look I wanted. I mentioned that filler doesn’t seem to last as long on me as it usually does on most people. Sarah explained to me how filler works and the different types we could try. Finally we decided to give 2ml of Juverderm Voluma a go as it is a stiffer, more robust product. This filler isn’t usually used in the lips so you must go to a Dr who knows exactly what they are doing when using this product. If you have the same issues as me please don’t just go to anyone if you want to try this product. I then had numbing cream applied. Sarah doesn’t always usually apply numbing cream unless requested by the patient, because the needle was a little bigger with Voluma I definitely wanted to be as numb as possible. The numbing cream she used was amazing and after no more than 10 minutes I was numb. The injections were all around the edge of the lip and the worst area for pain was, and always is, the cupids bow. Even with the numbing cream my eyes still watered a little when the needle went in there. After giving my lips a massage we were finished. I left the clinic feeling satisfied but Sarah mentioned that she would like to see me in a couple of weeks to check everything was perfect. Once the numbing cream wore off my lips started to ache but were fine by the next day. My lips gradually got more swollen as the evening went on and by the next day they were even more swollen but this wasn’t cause for concern at all. After a few days the swelling started to go down but it took a little longer than usual because of the product we used.
A couple of weeks past and I headed back to London for my check up. This time Sarah noticed a little bit of asymmetry , I didn’t notice but she’s the expert. My lips are naturally wonky so I want this corrected when having fillers but this is hard to get 100% correct at first because of the swelling so its always good to re-evaluate once the swelling has gone. She decided she wanted to inject a little bit of Juvederm Volift which would help feather in the Voluma making the lips softer. I know it seems like I have had a lot of product , almost 3ml, but I am so happy with the results. Hopefully going the extra mile and using a stiffer product will make the filler last longer.
Juvederm Voluma lasts up to 18 months and Volift lasts up to 14 months but doesn’t tend to last as long in the lips. However, once you have had filler you get new collagen formation in that area making the product semi-permanent rather than temporary – although this never seems to be the case for me.
I highly recommend Dr Sarah Tonks at The Lovely Clinic she has been featured on Bodyshockers, This Morning and regularly has celebrity clients. The Lovely Clinic inside Omniya is a 2 minute walk from Harrods which is pretty cool too. There are various treatments which Sarah does which you can find out about on the websites and you can see before and after photos on her instagram @TheLovelyClinic.
www.thelovelyclinic.co.uk / www.omniya.co.uk
I’ve had such a mixed reaction over my social media platforms about my lips from ‘your lips look perfect’ to ‘no need to change your lips’ – but we’re all different. If I want to do something to myself and it doesn’t harm me or anyone else I don’t see what is bad about it. Sometimes I think people forget that I am a human and I do read all of my comments. After 5 years of having my lips done I just love how they look but it doesn’t mean I’m not comfortable in my own skin when the filler wears off. Do what makes you happy! Cosmetic procedures can make such a positive difference to someones life but you have to be 100% sure you want something done for the right reasons. Always do your research and make sure you find an amazing Dr to carry out the procedure.
^Top-bottom; Before, straight away first appointment & straight after second appointment
If you have any questions please leave them in the comments and I will answer them if I can.
Whats the cost of having your lips done? They look amazing
Sarah charges £450 for the first 1ml then an additional £350 for any additional ml …X
Jordan I just think you’re absolutely gorgeous!
I’ve been in the cosmetics industry for 25 years and I’m feeling like I need some fillers to bring back out my cheek bones and smile.
I need a professional who cares. Any suggestions in Washington State.
I think your lips look lovely before and after the injections and I feel the same way as you, I am comfortable with the way I look, but I have always wanted lip fillers. I wondered, if you don’t mind me asking, how much price wise each appointment for this was?
You’re a gorgeous human being inside and out and I hope one day I have the opportunity to meet you!xx
Thank you Rose. Sarah charges £450 for the first 1ml then £350 for additional syringes! This is around the same price I believe most places charge. Would be fab to meet you someday too 🙂 x
Hi Jordan! I actually love your pout! I’m been contemplating getting filler in my lips, but I’m worried about the longevity of it.
Hi Gina, we’re all different but it generally would last no longer than a year tops …usually 6-9 months xx
Ooooh this makes me want my lips doing even more than I did and I’ve been after trying it for a couple of years. I’m just really nervous of having injections in the lip area. I’ve heard it’s super painful! Maybe I’ll brave it in 2016! My lips are wonky so it would be interesting to see if it could be corrected! 🙂 xx
It is pretty painful without numbing cream but with it its not too bad at all…Xx
Glad to hear you like how your lips look, hopefully the result will last longer this time! I enjoyed the read!
Hello, I don’t normally comment on social media, this is all new to me! However, I just came across your site by accident and I am so glad I did, what a wonderful girl you are, so inspiring and so beautiful. And by the way , your lips look amazing! Do what makes you happy. I wondered if you could list the products used in the photograph please , thank you x
I’m obsessed with your lips they look absolutely gorgeous, i had the same fillers you had this time round and can’t wait to have them done again once baby has arrived!
Thank you hun! Hope you and bump are well 🙂 xx
Personally I think your lips look good either way. People need to stop being so judgemental. What people do with their bodies is their own business. If you want to get lip fillers then go do you if it makes you happy. Ignore the haters !
Exactly. I don’t understand why people get so angry about it!
Thank you Lindsay!
My thought on lip fillers, breast enhancements, etc. is that it’s a personal choice. If doing so makes you feel more self-confident, prettier and more able to handle the stress of your life, then I’m happy for you. Personally I’d have to be really positive that I’d want to live with something permanently – I’ve a short attention span.
Thanks Jessica, I agree. My lip fillers aren’t permanent so its not a big deal 🙂
Hi Jordan, read your blog after seeing your lip
Experience on Instagram. Your lips look absolutely fantastic! So natural looking. I also had mine done around 8 mths ago and within a week, they had gone,so the fillers you had are something to consider in the future.
I want to say, you are such a courageous,determined beautiful girl who has done so well! You are an example to everyone.
Keep it up! Xxx
Thank you for your kind words Alicia. Yes, perhaps try the filler I had but make sure you have a doctor do it 🙂 xx
I’m exactly the same. First time I had my lips done I had 2/3s of a 1ml and no difference at all. Just had them done again and had 1ml and a 3rd of voluma as well as when the juvederm was going in it was getting absorbed quickly. Hopefully they last as I love the results and the shape. How have yours lasted? Did you get the 3 different types in yours? Xx
I had 2 different fillers this time. They’re lasting well so far but it has only just been 4 weeks, fingers crossed they continue to stay put for a while xx
Thank you for sharing your story. I’m still on the fence about this. In some of the pics I love your fuller pout, but I also like your natural lips. It’s just that it’s SUCH a thin line between under and overdoing it, ya know.
Thanks for reading. To be honest, I don’t care what anyone else thinks of them as long as I love them 🙂
Good! I tend to care too much about other people’s opinions, but in the end it’s about what YOU want and what YOU like.
Hi Jordan, I had no idea you had been getting lip fillers for 5 years! I just thought you had naturally plump lips! It looks so nice and in no way over done. I’m really glad you went into more detail about the procedure. I think you look gorgeous as always. Much love xoxo Shaz
I don’t know if you’ve already answered this (I didn’t see anyone else ask)… but I was wondering if the feeling of having lip fillers is something that you have to get used to, especially since you mentioned it being a stiffer product this time. It looks great! Just wondering if it’s a weird feeling.
You look stunning! I thought I recognised you from youtube, I wasn’t sure it was you until I read the about page, I discovered your blog by accident. In the first picture your eyeliner is perfect, I wish I was able to create such a perfect winged line, I guess I will have to practice!!! :))
Kisses from Cyprus x
Hi Jordan 🙂 diet of all you’re stunning and such a beautiful role model.
I’ve been wanting Lip fillers . How much you paid but like in dollars 🙂
I mean I am in America:/
Loooooove your accent
It is REALLY important to do your research before committing to any treatments, especially lip fillers.
Botched jobs can leave you scarred for life.
Always go for a consultation first to discuss any questions you may have.
– Dr Sarah Shah
Im just wondering by now did you notice the volume of your lips to have gone down? I have the same problem as yours.
I have had more than 4ml of fillers over the past 6 months as my body absorbs juvederm within 3 weeks.
You look beautiful with both your natural and plumper lips, Jordan! I was absolutely amazed, however, at how expensive it is! Wow – never really realized how expensive cosmetic procedures are… Side note: being South African, 800 GBP works out to 18 400 ZAR!!!
Little bit late to the thread but stumbled on your site and must say your lips look amazing.
I have 1ml juvaderm but it’s never enough.
Do you recommend getting 2ml then just topping up with 1 as seems to dissolve so quick for me!
Hi jordan, I can not say, you actually look pretty, but after doing your filler look more beautiful. Thank you for sharing your filler treatment experience. This article is very helpful. Are you interested in botox? I can recommend the body clinic from the Netherlands, a professional place with an experienced cosmetic doctor.
So I think I have the same problem as you! And want to try this route are you still getting the Voluma because your lips look amazing in all of your pictures! I had mine done the beginning of February with Juvederm and it’s almost completely gone. I would love to hear if you are still using this or have found something better!
Hi there! I was wondering how long it takes to heal? We’re you okay to go out 3 days later and not have to much bruising to cover? :/
Yes, I usually feel okay by the second day 🙂
Hi Jordan! I know this is an old post but I’m a lip injection newbie and just had my first injection two weeks ago. My lips are naturally VERY small and thin, and to be honest…. I was FREAKING out about my results because it seems most of my filler went into my lip border instead of my lips. Especially in my top lip. Seeing your triple photo above (with the before/1st inj/2nd inj) actually has calmed my anxiety for the first time in 3 days. The middle photo looks a lot like my lips now and I guess what I’m ultimately getting to here is…. what To expect during my follow up visit with my plastic surgeon. Do “virgin” lips usually look crazy after the first round? *sigh* Thank you for being so transparent. This post has been the only calm in my very stormy couple of days. xo
Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with various fillers. In addition to being a lip filler, Restylane can be great for treating baggy under eyes & dark circles. It’s great to read that Restylane lasted the longest for you. Thanks again for sharing.
I started getting lip fillers about 2 months ago (Juvaderm) I only gotten 1 ml injected at the time, which I thought was enough until the swelling went down completely. I’m getting another 1 ml injected tomorrow to see if that’s enough for me then, just curious how many ml’s you get injected into yours as my before lips are very similar in size to yours.
Lip fillers can restore your lost smile. Thanks for sharing your experience.