A little over a month ago I received lip injections at Aesthetic Essentials of Augusta, GA. I was seen by Rebecca Williford, FNP-BC known to her clients as Botox Becca!
Let me preface this by saying that I have had my lips done one other time, about a year ago. The first time I was nervous about the results, and didn't want a big financial commitment, so I split a syringe with a girlfriend. For those unfamiliar with injections--we did NOT share a needle! Splitting a syringe is sometimes offered at Med Spas and doctor's offices that don't otherwise offer half syringes. The half I received gave me a barely noticeable "plump" which was great, since I was not mentally committed to the idea yet. However, my body absorbed that stuff like a sponge, and in a matter of weeks it was as if it never happened.
When I decided to try again and commit to a fuller lip I knew that Becca was the only person I wanted to see. Her work and dedicated client base speaks for itself. I've been following her on Instagram for years and was so excited to book an appointment! My request to her was that I wanted visibly fuller lips, but that if someone was seeing me for the first time they would not look at me and think "this chick is using filler".
Now, some important information for you newbies...filler is purchased by the syringe and not by the unit like Botox. The price of a syringe varies by product and provider but you can estimate spending around $700.00-$800.00 on a full syringe. As I previously mentioned there are some places that will offer the option of a half syringe, as well.
Becca was very gracious and allowed me to bring in a "professional" videographer to capture the procedure while it was happening. For the most part I think my 8 year old daughter, did a pretty decent job behind the camera!
I'm going to address some questions I've gotten over the past few weeks after I posted to Instagram that I was having the procedure done.
1. The pain during the injections is minimal. You will have numbing cream applied before the nurse begins that will help tremendously. I would call the pain level "uncomfortable" or "unpleasant" as opposed to something to be frightened by.
2. Do not expect to be in love with the way you look leaving the office. Depending on your body there is a chance you bleed more than normal or swell quickly. Do not have a panic attack, the bleeding will stop, and the swelling will go down.
3. You will be sore for about a week. In fact, how sore you are will come in waves. You will be the most sore and swollen 6-18 hours after the injections.
Here is the last part of my appointment. I was given a mini ice pack with instructions to use it throughout the day, and a small container of Aquaphor to slather on my lips for the first 7-10 days as my lips healed. This video is a little shaky, I think maybe my daughter was getting bored with recording me, haha, but in it you'll hear some of Becca's post injection instructions.
Overall, I'm in love with the look that the filler gives me. I feel like the change is subtle, but has still made a huge difference. I don't envision wanting to go bigger, but I know I don't ever want to go back to before. I've been so happy with my results.
If you are in the CSRA and are interested in lip filler, Botox, or other cosmetic procedures I highly recommend the ladies at Aesthetic Essentials. When you schedule your appointment make sure to tell them I sent you!
On the afternoon of Sunday September 29th I pulled into the parking lot of Tease Color and Hair Design studio in Augusta, GA and saw several familiar cars (other Augusta Bloggers) - I was ready for a fun collab with my blogger babes! I grabbed my bag full of stuff - outfits, make up, different shoe options, jewelry, so on and so forth - swung it over my shoulder and headed across the parking lot to see what the ladies at Tease had planned for us.
The very minute I opened the door to walk in a very lovely and friendly face greeted me by name. Kristin hugged me, fixed me a drink while I unloaded my arsenal of photoshoot supplies, and sat me down in her chair. You know those people that the minute you meet them them you know you could have been friends for years? Kristin is absolutely one of those people for me. While she let her creative powers run wild and worked away at styling my hair, we chatted like we had known each other for years... Binging TV shows, being Moms, and so much more- I honestly could have hung out with her all day!
For the collab I brought my new fave Stevie Nicks rocker tee, and wanted to do a "day to night" styling with it. Kristin curled my hair and began meticulously twisting and pinning up sections of it one at a time. The final product was a super stylish half-up do that could be worn all day while running errands or taking care of business - with the cherry on top being a super trendy triangle hair pin.
My daytime look with my Stevie tee included high-rise and distressed KanCan jeans and Adidas Superstar sneakers with a totally on-trend leopard scrunchy around my wrist and leopard fringe hoop earrings to complete the look.
True story: I sweat my ass off during these first photos. Kristin had to fan my hair dry and dry shampoo the crap out of it before she worked on my next style. I share this only as a glimpse into how unglamorous a photoshoot can actually be, and as a testament to the magic that Kristin can work in her salon chair!
After dealing with the sweat situation, she started going to town with her curling iron, teasing comb, and a slew of different products to give me the perfect rocker-chic evening look!
To switch my Stevie tee to the "nighttime" look I styled it with some **life changing** Spanx faux leather leggings, black leather stiletto booties, amazing silver statement earrings, and a fah-bu-lousss sequin bomber jacket.
I absolutely love the looks Kristin created for my hair - we were so in sync with the vibe we wanted, and I think the hair and outfits came together so perfectly!
I can't thank the ladies of Tease enough for hosting us. We had a blast, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a new regular stylist - or special event stylist. Luckily you don't have to take my word for it since I've got photographic proof!
A special thank you to Samantha at Guillebeau Photo for her amazing photography skills!
Hope you enjoyed this collab recap!
Hey y'all! I'm Layne, a 30-something Southern Belle trying to navigate this craziness we call life. I'm a wife, mom of 2, and all around hot mess. I'm passionate about mental health, and love everything having to do with fashion. I'm living a super blessed life, and I love sharing it with you.