But I figured I'd give the filler a try -- and wow, am I glad I did! The results are miraculous!* The plastic surgeon I chose turned out to be a great injector and after the dental block he administered told hold, he injected almost a full syringe to the upper and lower lip areas, but NOT into the lip. Result? My top lip looks fuller and more defined and the lower area doesn't have the awful pucker lines it once did. It is most definitely a subtle change to my face -- but a change that makes all the difference to me.
I will say that I did develop a pretty substantial bruising on the corners of my mouth on one side. Don't much care about that -- it'll be gone in a few days.
* Miraculous to me, of course. I will assume the outcome of others' experience with the same procedure will vary depending on what doctor does it and what each persons' expectations are. I didn't go into this expecting to look 100% improved or back to the way I looked when I was 20. I just wanted to look "better" and I definitely do.