31 Jul 2017

Fillers...Still Taboo or NBD?

Fillers, botox, all manner of injectables. I'm sure we all know at least one person who has had something done.

When I tell people I have had lip fillers, I occasionally get treated with shocked and surprised reactions. But is that because they didn't expect me to do something like that, because they couldn't tell, or because they disapprove?

Does anyone actually still care about this kinda thing? In this beauty-obsessed era, these kinds of non-surgical cosmetic procedures are commonplace. They've even been nicknamed 'lunchtime' procedures - so quick and minimally invasive that you can simply head straight back to the office afterwards. 

I am more than happy to be candid about anything I have done. I am not the type of person to have something done and then pretend I didn't or be coy about it. Most people react as I would expect: openly, intrigued, very curious or not at all fazed. Some open up about the things they had thought about having done (everything from rhinoplasty to breast augmentation to botox to, well, lip fillers).

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There will always be naysayers and people who disapprove of something you do. Especially when it comes to the topic of beauty and cosmetic procedures; we all know that you can't please everyone - nor should you try to. How exhausting that would be! There will be those who believe you should accept the face/body you've been given and leave it at that. That's fair enough - to each their own. As long as one is happy with themselves, inside and out, I think that's the best we can hope for. Sometimes, it just takes a little bit of a needle jab for some of us to get there 😁

My stance on fillers, botox, etc. is this: it's just not that big a deal.

I don't see it as something only insecure or unhappy people do because they hate how they look. I see it as simply wanting to improve upon something - why should that be viewed negatively? The same way girls squat because they want to get a high, round butt, I want a slightly fuller pout. Whilst I don’t see the need to take shortcuts such as bum implants when you can achieve that with some dedication and effort in the gym (a process which is rewarding in and of itself), with lips I’m afraid there is no natural alternative. I can't do pushups with my mouth (lol).

The reason I get my lips done is the same reason I had my eyebrows microbladed. I love waking up in the morning and not having to fill them in before leaving the house. It's the same reason I'm looking into Invisalign. I just want to feel as confident and comfortable as possible with as little makeup as possible. To enhance what is already there...the 'not-so-natural natural look', if you will.

I wouldn't actively encourage others to get fillers or botox or whatever else; I wouldn't suggest anyone do something just because I have chosen to - I would never tell someone else that they ought to change something about their appearance. However, if somebody asks or is interested, I am more than happy to offer up details on my experiences!

So, here's my filler story.

I started getting lip fillers 2 and a half years ago. Up until my most recent experience about 2 months ago, I'd had them done 3 times. Lip fillers aren't permanent - after about 6 - 12 months your lips will have gradually returned to their original shape/size, as your body naturally breaks down the product.

Why did I want lip fillers? My lips have a very faint outline, meaning especially at the corners they seem to blend into my skin colour a little and aren't particularly well defined. My top lip has always also been quite a bit smaller than my bottom. They naturally have a nice shape (if I do say so myself) and don't get me wrong, I've never had thin lips. There was just a liiittle bit of volume lacking up top. I also have RBF - yep, resting bitch face. The corners of my mouth downturn slightly when my face is relaxed.

This is something I particularly wanted to address this time around, as I hadn't really focused on it before. So when I was invited by Harley Academy Clinics to visit their Canary Wharf offices and meet Dr. Mehta for lip fillers, after some research on their clinics, I happily accepted their offer.

Dr. Tristan Mehta is the founder and Managing Director of Harley Academy and is supported by Virgin (yes, Branson's Virgin). Tristan founded Harley Academy to combat the lack of rigorous medical training currently provided in the specialty of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Harley Academy created the highest level of qualification in cosmetic procedures available outside of a university and provides training for healthcare professionals who have already been trained in cosmetic procedures by aesthetic doctors.

They way it works here is a little different to your usual botox or filler experience - for a much lower price than usual, you can receive cosmetic procedures in return for helping trainees become the best in the industry. Let me reiterate here that these are not just complete newbies practicing on your face! These are already trained professionals going the extra mile and really honing their skills, and each procedure is closely monitored by a leading cosmetic doctor.

I was treated by Dr. Mehta himself, whilst 3 trainees watched on. I actually found it weirdly fascinating being talked about in such practical, objective and medical terms...but I digress. Beforehand, he sat me down to discuss my thoughts and I informed him that it was my upper lip I wanted to focus on, as well as slightly upturning the corners of my mouth.

The results? Imperceptible to most - my top lip was slightly fuller and my lips don't turn downwards anymore when I relax, which is the best part for me (I feel as though I could have gone slightly further to be honest, which is good - you want an injector who is more conservative than too 'needle-happy').

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If you are considering fillers, I would insist on you doing two things: 

One: Research. I thoroughly researched every potential side effect, reaction, result and filler product available, as well as many (many!) injectors in London. Get to know the ins and outs of the procedure - how it might feel, how long it takes to heal, what you can do to aide healing and what to avoid, potential risks, how to deal with any potential risks, etc. Make sure you feel comfortable and understand what you will be doing.

Two: Go with a professional nurse, doctor or dentist, not a beauty aesthetician. I would never do a procedure such as this with anyone other than a licensed, fully trained medical professional. Ensure that the injector you go with is registered under the GMC, NMC or GDC. 

There are potential risks with almost everything you do in life. It's up to each individual to decide whether they want something enough to do something about it or whether they are happy to leave things the way they are. Both are perfectly valid choices.

If you have any questions about fillers or an experience you want to share, I'd love to hear them!

If you want to find out more about Harley Academy Clinics, you can check out their site here.

This post was not sponsored by Harley Academy Clinics, however my lip filler treatment was complimentary.

Photographer: Luis Calow


  1. Lip fillers aren't (or shouldn't be) a big deal at all. In fact, I'm considering having it done too for the same reason lol. Good ol' RBF. I got my eyebrows microbladed for pure laziness, it's nice being able to leave the house in a rush without leaving my eyebrows behind. Whatever makes us happy, right?

    1. I agree completely! RBF ... such a curse, haha.

  2. You look amazing! I work part time at a medspa and we do fillers, etc. It's amazing how things have changed since so many people have these procedures done. Also, it's interesting that in some parts of the country it's waaaay more commonplace that in others.

    1. Thank you! I find all manner of cosmetic procedures really fascinating. They are definitely becoming more and more commonplace, which is fine by me (obviously!).

  3. Interesting take on a procedure that draws both negative and positive comments! All the best with your blog too.

  4. Ah, you look sooo beautiful in this dress! You have gorgeous lips and I'm definitely not against procedures that help boost someone's confidence. Props for being so open and honest!

    T x

    1. Thanks so much, lovely! Haha I appreciate it. I agree, if it helps someone feel more confident, attractive or satisfied with themselves - why not!

  5. I love how you're openly talking about fillers (your lips look SO gorgeous, by the way). Although I haven't had anything done myself, I'm certain I will to some part of my body, at some point in life. Like you say, it's just not a big deal anymore! On a different note, you look stunning in this dress - so elegant, as always! x

    1. Thanks, dear Gabrielle. I agree, not a big deal at all (at least it really shouldn't be, as long as people are safe and careful). X

  6. I personally don't think I would get fillers, but I think its silly to care if someone else has it done. Your lips look amazing!

  7. This dress is SO you! You should wear it all the time haha, OK maybe just more often!
    Kira Is Wearing

  8. I totally agree with everything you said, beautiful! In fact, I went through a plastic surgery (BA) last year, and I did it for the same reason. We are born with certain physical features, and some of them just can't be changed no matter how often we exercise, lol. So I don't see anything wrong with doing some procedures if they will make us feel happier. Your lips look amazing, by the way:) Thank you so much for sharing and have a great weekend!


    1. Thanks so much for your support, gorgeous! I completely agree with your comment on doing what makes us happier. I hope your procedure went well for you and improved your confidence, too xx

  9. Amazing style!
    Have a happy week.