Aesthetic Treatments

Pre-Lip Filler Jitters Are Real: How 5 Women Overcame Theirs

Young woman thinking about lip filler

There’s nothing like the unknown to get you flustered. Booking any sort of procedure for the first time, including a lip filler appointment, can be nerve-wracking for some. A few questions about lip injections potentially buzzing through your mind: Is lip filler right for me? Will lip filler hurt? How will lip filler look? Will I like the results? 

Editor's Note

Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. 

We understand how hard it can be to calm a nervous mind, but booking a consultation with a licensed provider is the first step to getting the answers you’re looking for. Your provider can talk through all of your concerns and determine whether or not you’re a candidate for lip filler. To soothe some potential unease, you can also consult with friends who’ve already tried lip injections — or read about others’ experiences on SpotlyteTM.

While all were admittedly nervous to get the actual injection, their (positive!) experiences might quell any pre-needle nerves.

Editor's Note

Individual experiences may vary.

Name: Lindsay
Age: 35
Occupation: Agent
Location: Century City, California
Her story: “If we ignore the fact that I totally psyched myself out prior, it really wasn’t bad at all! I barely even felt it because we used a decent amount of numbing cream. I closed my eyes because I did not want to see the needle, which helped a lot. Some of my friends have said that they bruised afterwards, but my first experience was [better than I thought it would be].”

Name: Cassie
Age: 36
Occupation: Sales and Operations
Location: Culver City, California
Her story: "I had wanted lip filler for so long, and finally bit the bullet six months ahead of my wedding. I loved the results so much! My only regret is that I didn’t do it a little closer to my wedding so it was more fresh. I remember talking about the [look] I wanted, and then [the appointment] was practically over.” 

Editor's Note

Side effects from filler such as swelling and bruising can last days or weeks. If you’re interested in getting a consultation for lip filler, plan accordingly before major events.

Name: Nicole
Age: 32
Occupation: Lawyer
Location: Mid-City, California 
Her story: “Because I was [nervous] my first time, it made the experience seem really long. I do remember waiting to see my provider, us talking about it, and then numbing for [a few] minutes. I’m one of those people that gets really into her own head, so I was having tons of doubt on whether I wanted to go through with it while I was in the chair. I won’t lie, I felt the needle and it was uncomfortable, but ultimately, the results were so good that I go back each year for a refresh.” 

Name: Lovette
Age: 29
Occupation: Styling Assistant
Location: North Hollywood, California
Her story: “I barely felt a thing! I was definitely nervous, but I went with a friend who had gotten it before, and her results were great, so I was confident that [the same] provider would deliver amazing work — and she did! I wish I had known that it didn’t hurt so badly — I would have done it sooner.”

Name: Kelly
Age: 31
Occupation: Nutritionist 
Location: Venice, California 
Her story: “Looking back, it was actually really easy. Since I didn’t know what to expect, I felt nervous, but my practitioner was so calm and caring with me. She took her time and explained everything, and I left so happy with my results.”