I am a little over 5 weeks post injections and I am here to serve you with a quick blog covering all things botox and filler. I will be covering my experience with getting botox and filler, things to do leading up to receiving filler, the “recovery” process, things to do after receiving botox and filler, and what to expect when going to into Maui Med Spa.
You all know how obsessed I am with Maui Med Spa because I believe it takes a good Med Spa with certified specialists to truly achieve your goals because receiving botox and filler can feel scary. We have all seen botched (or little snippets of botched faces after getting work done) and that was a fear of mine when I first went in for my first consultation. I have been going to Maui Med Spa with Dr. Alexander and Nurse Taylor for over a year now and would refer anyone and everyone there because my experience is nothing short of amazing and the results are always stunning. I have always had insecurities about my lips and botox is a great preventative for wrinkles in your twenties.
units I received and products used for filler & botox
Products used for lips: Restylane Kysse and Versa – one full syringe total (1cc)
Products used for neuromodulator (botox): Dysport – 30 units in my forehead, 45 units between my eyebrows, 24 units for lip flip (this helped my upper lip have that lifted popped cupids bow), 20 units for the brow lift, and 20 units under my eyes.
Dysport units are slightly different than Botox in that 3 Dysport units equals 1 botox unit. This is why Dysport is priced at $3.25/unit as compared to $11/unit for botox.
3 day before RECEIVING filler
It is important to know before receiving lip fillers that some people just bruise more than others. So you may go in and bruise immediately post injections or you could be like me who bruised the days following but this isn’t anything to be concerned about about. Stop taking any aspirin before had like motrin and advil that are blood thinners. There are products you can take to help reduce like Arnica, but again each person varies.
Make sure you know what you are wanting before going in because you will sit with Nurse Taylor before hand and talk about what you are expecting and goals you want achieved. Pull inspo pics and understand that you can build off of too little filler vs. going hard and getting too much your first time, and you then become disappointed with the results.
1 day before RECEIVING filler
- No alcohol 24 hours before
- Stay Hydrated – drink lots of water
- No blood thing aspirins or fish oil supplements
what to expect day of receiving filler
Going into Maui Med Spa you can expect to sit with Nurse Taylor and talk about what you are receiving that day, what you want to achieve and how you can achieve that look in office the day of your appointment. Every single time I go in Nurse Taylor has me hold a mirror up to face and she points out where we will be injecting and how and where she is injecting will cause the lip to the project and become pouty to ensure we are on the same page with what I am asking for.
I have a smaller upper lip so I always ask for the projection on upper lip with a lip flip to raise the cupids bow and projection on the bottom lip and make the outer edges look bigger to give the pouty look. I AM NOT PROFESSIONAL so please please please talk all this through with your doctors or nurses because we are all built differently and what looks good for me may not work for you and your lips.
Once your consultation is over you can expect to then have numbing cream applied and you can ask to have your upper lip just completely knocked out. I did both last time and didn’t feel a thing.
The pain level: I have a higher pain tolerance for this since I have done it 4 times now but to me it feels like little pinches and bee stings. Very quick. Some areas are more sensitive than others like the center of the bottom lip always stings a little more for me. The numbing will help a lot.
What to expect days 1 through 7 post lip filler injections
Your lips are going to be swollen days 1-3 but you can expect that to go down by day 7. Bruising will start to appear but will clear up before the end of your first week after injections. Here a few things I do post lip fillers injections:
- Keep your lips hydrated since you are essentially stretching that skin they will feel dry. I use the Lip Sleeping Mask from Laneige.
- Stay hydrated all week
- Avoid alcohol 24 hours post injections
- Ice packs to help with the swelling
- No sleeping on your stomach or face to avoid the messing up the formation of your lip fillers
By days 7-14 you should see full recovery for your lips. Your lips are going to look so damn good by day 14 but other than that it is very simple to care for your lips pre and post injections.
Botox – what to expect Day of
Much like the lip filler consultation you will do the same for your botox consultation. You will hold the mirror up and Taylor will have you do the frown, smile and shocked face that will show her and you where your wrinkles most show and what makes most sense for you. She will mark you up as you are talking about where you will be receiving the botox/dysport so that you both are on the same page and you know what to expect.
There is no numbing cream for botox injections because the needle is so MICRO that you barely feel anything. I would say on a scale of 1-10 for pain it is around 1 for forehead and eyebrows and the pain level for under the eyes was around a 4. It is a very quick process for receiving the botox.
botox – what to expect days 1 through 14
You can expect to see little raised bumps (almost like mosquito bites) after getting the botox injections but that are gone later that day or the day after. After that there nothing you have to do. The botox will pop around day 7, that is when I usually notice that eyebrows can barely move and all wrinkles disappear when I make the facial expressions that are done in office. Days 7-14 is when the botox is in full affect and you can see a noticeable difference.
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How often can Do I go in for fills or botox touch ups?
Around 6-9 months. I receive lip filler and botox touch up probably twice a year. My filler holds it volume and lips retain a nice look, but yes botox and filler do not last forever so you can back every 6-9 months for touch ups.
You can head over to my instagram page under the highlights there is a botox/filler section where Nurse Taylor walks you through my consultation and what I received where and why but I missed anything my DMs or email is alway open for question!