All about lip fillers

Lip fillers seem to be the talk of the town these days, with even Kylie Jenner finally owning up to the fact that she gets them. I know a lot of people have questions about them, after seeing heaps of posts and comments online, so today’s post is all about lips! My sister Raquel has been getting Juvederm lip fillers for the last few years, so I thought I’d ask her some questions about them. I also have a lower cost, and less invasive method of plumping up your lips to share with you. Please note that neither of us are medical practitioners, and we recommend you consult with an appropriately qualified person regarding any procedure such as lip fillers.

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What sort of lip fillers do you get?

I get Juvederm, which is made of hyaluronic acid. People used to get collagen injections a lot, but that’s much less popular these days because it’s harder to get your lips symmetrical with the thicker consistency. With Juvederm, you can get your cupid’s bow enhanced, or even the corner of your lips slightly turned up so you have less of a resting bitch face. Restylane is another brand of hyaluronic acid fillers that is quite popular.

I did some research too –  Hyaluronic acid is naturally part of the skin and injecting more adds volume to the skin or lips. Hyaluronic acid is also popular in skincare, I use Hydraluron which is a moisturising skincare.

Does it hurt?

It did at first, I used to use numbing cream or ice, but now I’m used to it. Not using numbing cream or ice gives better results as both make the lips swell which makes it harder to see actual placement of the filler. My advice if you’re scared of pain is to take 2 nurofen (ibuprofen) 30 minutes before your appointment.

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How much does it cost?

I pay $700, and go every 9 to 12 months. When I lived in Auckland I went to Prescription Skincare in Remuera. You can get it cheaper at other places but you are paying for their expertise. I wouldn’t want bargain price lip fillers! Yeah, you do get what you pay for. They do free consultations and they never pressure you into anything.

Anything else people should know?

Don’t take any omega 3 or fish oil 3 days before as those increase bruising. You aren’t allowed hot drinks for the rest of the day after the procedure so have your coffee before you go. You can’t exercise, sauna, or sun bathe for up to 3 days after.

The product makes your lips softer so you don’t need as much lip balm etc (That’s a nice bonus!).

Raquel and I at Disneyland
Raquel and I at Disneyland

Raquel also told that guys love the feel of the lips too – so happy kissing, whether it’s with guys or girls, or both, whatever your desires!

Raquel likes the look of very full lips however if it’s your first time you may wish to start with a smaller quantity of filler and go from there. A well trained Registered Nurse or Plastic Surgeon is able to give a wide range of results, including very subtle plumping of your lips. I have a friend who is a nurse, and who also gets Juvederm, and she says that she would never go near a clinic that lets anyone other than a Registered Nurse or Plastic Surgeon inject you. Whilst it is fairly low risk to get lip fillers, there are risks and side effects, and these need to be managed by an expert.

Manuka Doctor apirefine lip enhancer

If needles aren’t your thing, or the cost is a bit out of reach, there’s another option to plump your lips. I was sent the Manuka Doctor Apirefine Lip Enhancer which is a lip balm with purified bee venom and manuka honey, that gives an increase in fullness to your lips. The results are far more subtle than anything injectable but I think it gives a bit of something extra to my lips. It’s a nice balm as a base for lipstick too.

Do you have any more questions about lip fillers? Leave them in the comment section, and Raquel and I will do our best to answer. For more of Raquel, she has previously shared her tips for long lasting makeup, and you can also follow here on




  • This is such a great and informative post! Especially will all the Kylie Jenner drama at the moment. Great post Lena and Raquel xx

    • As Kardashian fans she and I have had some intense discussion about Kylie’s lips and her expert opinion was that obviously she gets injections – it’s glad to know we were right haha. Thanks Laura ?

  • Great post! Very informative 🙂

  • Seeing this definitely makes me want to get my lips done. She looks beautiful!

    • She looks great aye! I didn’t even know/realise at first, which I think is probably a good sign – they aren’t necessarily super over the top Hollywood stuff.

  • She looks stunning! I really liked this post, really interesting. Looks like you can get it done for around $400 in Aus but I think everything’s cheaper here – that laser waxing stuff seems to be half the price! So right though, you definitely wouldn’t want to muck around with someone who wasn’t a registered medical professional. Great work Lena!

    • Yes – everything is cheaper in Aussie. If I wanted something like this I’d probably get it done when over visiting mum. I’m not into bargain manicure or anything, and lip injections or botox sounds like the beginning of a nightmare. She is stunning 🙂

  • Christel Hansen

    She looks so beautiful!! Loved this post.
    I probably wouldn’t get lip fillers myself (pretty happy with the fullness of my lips atm!) but I like the idea of having smoother, softer lips as mine get so crazy dry!
    Seriously such a great post ❤️

    • Thanks Christel, I’m pretty pleased with this post too, great teamwork! I read that lips can thin with age, I bet I’ll end up getting botox and lip injections when I’m older because I’m so vain haha. Glad it was interesting/informative.

      • Christel Hansen

        They definitely do thin with age! I’ve noticed this with some of my relatives. Yeah I can definitely imagine getting botox and stuff when I’m older – god that’s creeping up fast though! Hahaha

        • My plan is to use the best skincare possible and save up for botox haha. OR maybe by then we will be such successful bloggers that a clinic gives us botox for free.

          • Mrs Lena

            Oh what??! Bad enough us oldies get thinning hair and wrinkles…now you’re saying I have thin lips to look forward to as well?? Ignorance was bliss, lol

          • Haha sorry (sorry) about that. PS Mrs Lena sounds like you’re my wife.

  • Interesting post and informative! I have got full lips, which I used to hate as in my first year of college someone used to call me “juju lips”!! I soon realised that they were a dick, and there was nothing wrong with them 🙂

    • Aww that’s a shame! Full lips are great, they shouldn’t be dicks about it haha. Glad you’re good with them now.

  • Amanda

    Can you please tell me if, like botox, it is charged by the ml and how much she gets each time? I would probably only want 2/3 what she has. Thanks

    • Hey Amanda, this is her response. “Nope, it’s the opposite. It’s charged by the syringe as its pre-packaged so you pay per packet they open. That’s even if you only get half the syringe which is what I started off with, and now I get the whole syringe”.

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