Can't Believe It, I Actually Have Lips Now! - Pittsburgh, PA

I had always been self-conscious of my thin (i.e....

I had always been self-conscious of my thin (i.e. nonexistent) lips. I started considering lip filler to have fuller lips for my wedding next year, but wanted to get it done once (with lots of time to spare) in case I hated it and wanted it to wear off. Suffice to say, I couldn't be more happy with the results. I will 100% have fillers done again. I went from pretty much no top lip at all to a feminine, well-defined shape. It is a subtle change that has changed the look of my entire face. I've never used lipstick in the past, because I didn't want to call attention to my thin lips. Now, I'm actually excited to experiment with makeup!

I came into my consultation very nervous about the possible outcome. I did not want to leave with fake, Lisa Rinna duck-lips. I also did not want it to be totally obvious to my friends and family that I'd done something to my face. And to be honest, no one really did, including my own dad. I had a few friends say, "There's something a little different about you, but I'm not sure what it is..." When I confessed to getting lip filler, then it clicked. But even at that, the comments I heard were more along the lines of, "Ohhh okay... They look a lot more natural than I would've expected," and, "It's subtle, but it makes a big difference."

As for the procedure, Dr. Leong made it as pain-free as possible by using a dental block, topical numbing, and microcannulas instead of needles. The worst part was the dental block, which still wasn't that bad (it felt similar to getting novacaine shots at the dentist). I was just a little sore and puffy later that evening when the dental block wore off. But even then, I didn't have to go into exile. I was still able to go out of the house and play in a poker tournament with friends. As I understand it, some medi-spas and cheaper places will opt out of the dental block, which makes the procedure incredibly painful. I'm so glad that was offered to me, as it made the whole experience much more comfortable.

I had one full syringe of Restylane Silk, with about 2/3 of the product being used on my top lip, and the other 1/3 on the bottom. I had no bruising, lumpiness, or unevenness. The only telltale sign that I'd gotten filler was the four small needle punctures where the microcannulas were inserted. I have some freckles around my mouth, so those weren't too terribly noticeable on me.

All in all, I was completely satisfied with my experience, and I am definitely planning on doing lip filler as a regular treat to myself. The only disappointing thing is that the results only last 4-6 months, if that. But if you're unsure that you're going to like it (as I was) being temporary is an upside. You can tweak the process to figure out what product you like, how much filler you need, how you want it distributed, and the shape you're going for.
Pittsburgh Facial Plastic Surgeon

I did a lot of research online before selecting a doctor, and I am happy to report that my experience with Dr. Leong was total satisfaction. To start, he personally came out to the waiting room to greet me and introduce himself. Then, we spent a lot of time talking about my expectations and all the possible risks. Dr. Leong was extremely upfront, candid, and thorough, which I appreciated. We worked together during the procedure to achieve the look I wanted. Every few minutes, he would show me the mirror and ask if I was happy with the result, and if there were additional areas I wanted to concentrate on. It's no coincidence that Dr. Leong gets so many positive reviews. He is a true professional who has a very warm, caring attitude toward his clients. I would also like to add that Dr. Leong's office receptionist, Kim, was a pleasure to work with as well. She returned my calls and emails promptly and was very knowledgable about the procedure I wanted done. In fact, she herself had had a lip augmentation done six days earlier! She was able to tell me exactly what I could expect in terms of pain and healing. I can't say enough good things about Kim. Both she and Dr. Leong were reassuring without being high-pressure or pushy.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
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5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
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5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
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