Lip Injections: Everything You've Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask


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I have a confession to make: I had lip injections. Not that many people know this fact about me. I had them once a few years back (pre–Kylie Jenner) and had to keep it secret from my boyfriend since I knew he wasn't a fan. We got into a conversation last year about plastic surgery, and he told me, "I don't care what you do, just don't get your lips done!" Funny thing, but this was after the fact—he just never noticed.

Although that's not quite true: When I got home after having been injected, my lips were full, pillowy and quite frankly ridiculous looking, as they had swelled up like two balloons (I'm a delicate peach). I scurried into the spare room hoping I could hide from him (ludicrous idea—our flat at the time was pretty small). "What on earth is wrong with your lips?!" he exclaimed. The first thing that sprung to mind and out of my fat lips was an even fatter lie, "I had a reaction to a lipstick!" He looked at me suspiciously and told me I should complain to the brand. Luckily, the next day my lips had deflated to a soft plumpness that looked like I had great lips rather than a doctor on speed dial.

If you're tempted by the thought of a more pillowy pout, then you're in luck because we've called on Frances Prenna Jones, MD, a London-based cosmetic antiageing doctor, and Michael Lin, MD, a Los Angeles–based board-certified dermatologist, to answer all the questions you might be thinking about lip injections but might be too afraid to ask. Keep scrolling for Lip Injection 101.