I'm 38 and Just Had Lip Fillers for the First Time—Here's Why I'll Do It Again

When it comes to new beauty treatments and anti-aging products, I'm certainly not shy to reveal or share exactly what I use and admit that I use them. It hasn't always been that way. For a long time, people were closely guarded about the things they did to reverse the hands of time, often crediting good genes and eight glasses of water a day to their glowy, smooth skin. While these are definitely important, we have all wised up to the fact that the foundation of youth does not live in a bottle, no matter how expertly marketed it is, and that almost every celebrity with good skin has had some kind of liquid help. And by that, I mean fillers or Botox.

Earlier this year, I finally decided to get under-eye fillers, and it was the best thing I ever did. I have always taken care of my skin, so the health and overall quality is great, but one thing I didn't count on (and that a cocktail of anti-aging products can't fix) is the bone loss, collagen loss, and fat loss, which create unexpected concaves in your face that can make you appear tired and older than you are. And believe me, it also makes you feel older and more tired than you are too. 

I was a little hesitant to try lip fillers as first because I had heard and read about the ones that didn't go so well, and somehow you always hear about people who ended up with caricature-sized lips. But what I soon learned is that is not the norm. So many people have lip fillers, and the secret is in how much you have each time. So I went to see Jennifer Hermann, MD, of the celeb-frequented practice Moy, Fincher, Chipps Dermatology in Beverly Hills—she also did my under-eye fillers—so I could find out what lip fillers are and whether I'd be a good candidate for them.

I also love Hermann's layered approach to fillers. She fills your face a little at a time so you don't appear puffy, overdone, or unnatural. I have seen her twice now for lip fillers (I wanted to take it slowly). I have included an "after" photo from each of those visits below too so you can see the difference. It's minimal but noticeable. 

Read on to hear about my experience, see the before-and-after photos, and understand a little more about what lip fillers are and what to look out for. I will definitely go back for more.