Let me first, before I go on with my review, let you know I am a red head who tends to bruise and bleed easily. This being said, the first injection' s bruising would not be unusual for me to do. I get bruises from carrying grocery bags :)
My first Juvaderm (ultra, I think) injection was January of 2013. I got it to increase fullness in my lips. I didn't want the "lined" look. My Dr knew exactly what i was talking about, whew! I did get a dental block as it was offered. Once I had the block- I was numb. Boy, was I ever numb!!! Dr Schaffer injected the Juvaderm, and it was quite easy, I didn't feel and discomfort, I couldn't feel anything For hours for that matter :). I did start to immediately bruise and swell. I used ice, but before I got home I looked like I had been beat in the mouth :) the bruising stayed about 9 days total and was pretty slow to fade. You should have seen me explaining my bruised mouth at work!
I went shopping at Dillards 4 days post injection and the Lancôme lady drug me over to her counter to "help" lol. She even gave me a huge sample of concealer- ghah - THAT bad, huh?!? Lol. The swelling was mostly gone in just a few days- by the end of 11 days I totally loved my lips! Gloss it up baby! Gloss it up! And I did.
July 2013, much of my Juvaderm was gone, I still had some, but really didn't want to wait until it was completely gone before getting more. I talked with Dr S. and requested a second injection. I did ask him if he thought it was too soon (didn't want Lindsey Lohan lips!!) I showed him the after pictures from January (the cute ones) and he said that I was good to get more :) ya!!!
Several days prior to this appointment I started taking arnica 30x. I had used it with my TT surgery and it really helped with bruising. Was keeping my fingers crossed it would work on my lips too!!
This time I decided to try just the numbing cream instead of the block. My nurse, Penni painted me up but good. I looked a little like a rabid dog foaming at the mouth- quite sexy I must say! We waited about 15 minutes and I was nice and numb. Dr S. came to inject me- he kept talking and I felt the need to respond. That's the polite thing to do, right? I refrained as I had needles stuck in my lips with fillers flowing. Ya, I could see me moving my lips and making the fillers go in weird places, lol. Note to self: next time tell them not to talk about anything I may have an urge to reply an answer to :D
On about the numbing up- I did feel maybe more of the actual injection with he numbing cream. But honestly, I can't say which I thought was more uncomfortable, the dental block which smarted quite nicely. Or the injection with the topical applied. I think I like it better with the topical. For one thing, the "numbing" wore off quicker which was nice.
As soon as the injection was completed I popped 3 more Arnica under my tongue and Bromelain. I would do it again before bed.
Ice was applied- on 20 minutes off 30. Hmmm, very little swelling and only a teeny bruise on my bottom lip!! Nice.
Later that night, I still did not have any more bruising and minimal swelling!!!! Arnica is my hero!!!
It felt weird to drink from a cup or straw for several days, almost like I couldn't get me lips in the right place, was so afraid I'd drool! Also when I spoke, it felt like I wasn't forming my words correctly the initial days. After the initial says, I was back to my ole expressive self :)
7 days post injection, my lips were nice, fuller and I was loving them!! Yep, glossed and ready to go! I love lip gloss, the glossier, shinier, sparklier- the better!! did I already tell you :) sigh....
Bottom line, I love Juvaderm! Am considering the lines around my mouth one day, maybe soon will let you know.
Was very worth the money to me. I will do it again. My sister loved my results so much, she got Juvaderm too :) awe, I'm a tread setter, a trail blazer, a leader of the pack... Ok, I'll stop now.
Glossy lip D. ;)