08 May The Truth About Lip Fillers with Optum Sculpt MD
Happy Monday everyone! I am starting out my week by being 100% real with you all and sharing my first time experience and the the truth about lip fillers with Optum Sculpt MD. I hate when you know people have something done and they act like they haven’t, but I can assure you that I will always let you know on anything that I do. I have been wanting to have this done for a while, but wanted to wait until I found the right place with someone that I knew I could trust. After a lot of research on doctors, I chose to use Dr. Louis DeGironemo at Optum Sculpt MD here in the Lakewood area in Dallas. (They also have an Arlington location) Dr. D was voted one of D Magazine’s top doctors of 2016 and you can read more about him here.
I arrived at my appointment last Wednesday afternoon and sat comfortably in Dr. D’s office as I asked a gazillion and one questions before he began. He was very professional and patient to answer any questions that I had and explained the process to me as I filled out a few pages of paperwork.
After explaining (or attempting to explain) the outcome I wanted, Dr. D decided which filler product would be the best to use. Dr. D is committed to keeping the changes natural while also perfectly meeting the client’s desired outcome. I jokingly said that I wanted my lips slightly larger but didn’t want to end up with Kylie lips. (Although they look great on her, they would look a bit silly on myself) He chose Restylane Refyne to use on me and you can read more about it here because although I did my research, I will not pretend to know how to explain the details of the actual product to you. That’s where my trust in the Dr. came in. 😉
Now the process begins- First, Dr. D put a numbing cream on my lips to ensure comfort during the injections. Within a few minutes, my entire lips (as well as my tongue since I kept talking and some got on it), were completely numb. I felt funny trying to talk after this, but I would much rather experience it without any pain. 😉
Dr. D began injecting the product into my lips gradually and adjusting the product with this hands after. If needles bother you, you may want to skip down the bottom, but I wanted to provide actual shots for those who want to see it all. Thank you to my friend Robyne, from Southern Affairs, for being such a good helper and taking these pictures even though she is terrified of needles.
Part of the way through, Dr. D let me use a mirror to see if I was satisfied with the size or if I wanted to add some more. I decided to add some more. My lips didn’t swell very much, if any during the process and luckily did not bleed very much, so it was easier to tell what the final outcome would be.
The nurse was also wonderful during the process. You can’t see completely in this picture, but she had her lips done and they look fabulous also!
I didn’t edit too much so that you could see all the little details from the injections, but of all days, of course my chin decided to break out, so don’t judge. 😉 Dr. D was very meticulous with the process and completely took his time to ensure my lips turned out just how I wanted. The entire process only took about 30 minutes, so it was pretty quick and painless. Every once in a while, I could feel a pinch or poke from the needle, but I would say it was maybe a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 and I would definitely do it again!
The filler should last anywhere from 6 to 12 months, which is actually longer than I realized. I will definitely be going back to Dr. D at Optum Sculpt MD once my fillers disappear because I am beyond happy with the outcome of my lips as well as the process and care received by him and his staff.I mean they even have sunnies to show off who did your work, so that is a definite reason to go there, right!? haha Although my post is light, I definitely don’t want to make light of ensuring you find the right doctor that is experienced and knows what he/she is doing. Even though injectibles are very common in society now, it is still important to do your research since you will be having a substance injected into your body and you don’t want to end up another person on Botched. (I love that show, but definitely don’t want to end up there) Luckily if you are in the Dallas area, I have done the research and had the experience for you to recommend Optum Sculpt MD, but if you are somewhere else in the world, please do your research!
Below you can see the first 5 days of my lips and the difference in size. It can take two weeks to get to the final way your lips will look, but I’ll be to sure add in another photo once I hit two weeks as well as update you on my social media channels.
Day 1:Later in the afternoon:
After 2 Weeks:
Although I probably answered all of your questions above, I have the top 5 questions you asked me with answers below:
- Did it hurt/What did it feel like? – It didn’t hurt me (thanks to the numbing cream I’m sure). I only felt a few pokes from the needle going in, but I would say even those were maybe a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10.
- What product was used? – For my needs, Dr. D used Restylane Refyne, but there are many different products out there.
- Did your lips bruise/swell? – I didn’t have hardly any swelling and only one tiny bruise that I could see on day 2. By day 4, I couldn’t even see it. I know that bruising and swelling will be different for each person, so this is just what I experienced.
- How long will it last? – The fillers will last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. I’ll be sure to update you on mine at that point.
- How much does it cost? – Restylane Refyne costs $600 per syringe and we used one on my lips and I believe the other products are similar in pricing.
Be sure to check out all the services that Optum Sculpt MD has to offer here and let me know in the comments if you have any other questions!
Stay Fancy! <3 Hollie