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We are playing a little game of myth busters today with one of my favorite beauty treatments, facial fillers. Leave your judgements at the door pls...

I'm so done reading blogs that claim to be tell-all platforms yet skip over the topics they think might attract some bad press... *ahem*... botox and fillers.

I'll be the first to tell you... I did not wake up like this! My ongoing joke when someone compliments my skin or face is to reply with a laugh and the line, "this shit ain't free!"

There is NO reason this should be a taboo topic. I think the shame / embarrassment somewhat stems from the fact that people are uneducated about fillers and then, on top of that, they see Kylie Jenner's lips or Mama Elsa's face or someone else that has overdone it and it breeds a general perception about what people look like that get work done.

It's not like that AT ALL... well for the most part.

I've never hid anything from you guys, I wear real fur, I get Botox and fillers and say fuck a lot... if you're not into it, that's okay!

I was going to do fillers and Botox in one but I feel like they definitely need two individual posts. If anything, I hope to get some questions answered and bust some myths about fillers because there is a lot of misinformation out there... I hear it aaaallllllll the time!

Just yesterday, someone in the fashion & beauty industry asked me if I was getting Botox in my lips.

I nearly died.

So let's start with that misconception first...

Botox and filler are two totally different things. They are not interchangeable and not similar in composition or function. It's like saying a bicycle and car are the same.

My favorite line is when people are being all judgy and say things like "oh, look at her with her Botox lips" (Sergio used to say that... haha)

However, it is literally impossible to fill lips with Botox. If someone put Botox in their lips, they would remain the same size and they would legitimately look as though they had a stroke. That's not a thing.

We'll get into Botox at a later date but the point is, they are NOT similar. Fillers create volume in all areas of the face, Botox freezes the forehead and around the eyes to prevent expression wrinkling.

Fillers like Juvederm, which I've had tastefully injected into my lips, cheeks, smile lines and nose, are a gel that's mostly made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar molecule found in your body.

It's not toxic or foreign and it's not permanent because the human body naturally metabolizes hyaluronic acid daily. Totally safe and, when used tastefully / in moderation, naturally smoothes and volumizes areas in the face.

The product dissolves anywhere between 3 months - 1 year depending on how much you add & how fast your metabolism is.
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I mentioned that I have had fillers in basically every area of my face... and I don't look crazy! Most people don't believe it when I tell them. Which brings me to the next biggest misconception...

"I want to get filler but I'm scared I'll look like a different person." 

It's not surgery and it's not permanent so, it's nearly impossible to look THAT much different. In fact, if you don't like the results they can inject a saline liquid that will dissolve the product almost immediately.

Here's the thing... it takes A LOT, like SO much product to get dramatic results. Let's say you wanted your lips to look huge or you wanted noticeably larger cheeks etc. you would be wildly disappointed with one syringe of product. The results are natural.

You have to go BIG to get BIG.

And trust me, you'll know what I mean by that statement when you see the price tag. Product is not cheap. A reputable place will cost anywhere from $500-$1000 for one syringe of injectable filler. So yeah, if you leave having spent $4,000 dollars... you might look different.

Fillers done in moderation enhance your features slightly. If you follow my beauty reg than you know I am die hard for the "Expert Injector", Lauren Abramowitz at Park Ave Skin. She just knows.

She is an artist and I trust her with everything beauty. She always works little by little. Sometimes she doesn't even use the entire product at once. She prefers to build to results than to do too much. You should really go to someone that genuinely cares about your face just as much as you do!

Bottom line, it takes A LOT to see A LOT. I've always left looking like a slightly improved version of myself. A little plump here, lift there.

At the end of the day, it's all about what makes you feel confident. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best version of yourself inside and out. You should always do what makes you happy! If you think that's something that would make you feel more confident then there's nothing wrong with that!

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer anything!