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5 Things I’d Wish I Knew Before Getting a Lip Flip

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“If someone has a lip that’s very visual and larger, they might not see a difference from the lip flip,” Frontera explained. “On the contrary, if someone has a smaller lip, and we struggled with them even having an upper lip to begin with, then I might give them a bit of lip filler in conjunction with a lip flip to the lip stays nicely open.”

My pee-wee sized lips were in the second camp—making me the ideal candidate for both a syringe of Restylane Kysse (a softer, milder filler) and four units of neuromodulators.

If you’re looking for a dramatic change, look elsewhere

When you’re going in for any sort of cosmetic change, you have to manage your expectations from the get-go: at the end of the day, it’s a large psychological change when your face changes from one day to the next, Frontera explained. It’s important to have a doctor that not only will talk you through the expectations of what’s achievable for your face shape, but also, to personally analyze what would look best for you, regardless of what picture you bring in to show to them. Personally, my results were too subtle to anyone else but me and close family to notice. 

“I try to give the spectrum of possibilities: you’ll swell, and then it’ll go down, and then you’ll wish you went bigger and you’ll have this process of feeling like you did too much or too little,” Frontera said. “Half of what we do in aesthetics is just being really upfront and forward and explain to people what they’re going to get. You have to prepare for every scenario.”

Pre-lip flip 

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One month post-lip flip 

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Don’t expect results overnight

Just like traditional facial Botox, lip flip results take time. While some patients see the results in as early as three to four days, you’ll get the full lip flip look 10 to 12 days after your injections. While waiting for results, make sure to ice your lips and not work out for at least 24 hours after at risk of sweating the active ingredients out (it’s a real thing!).

While I had to wait about two weeks to see the final product, the journey to get there was quick and painless. Most people get 4 to 5 units of injectables, meaning it’s just a few pinches here and there. The actual procedure takes less than two minutes, and I was in and out within 15. Unlike with traditional lip fillers, there’s minimal bruising and swelling in the days after a lip flip. 

With straws and spoons, proceed with caution

Some people claim getting the procedure could jeopardize your ability to properly use a spoon or  straw—the aspect of getting a lip flip I was most nervous about as I refuse to not be a Hot Soup Girl. However, a licensed practitioner will use the right amount of Botox so as not to compromise your straw-sucking abilities, although Frontera says you may feel slightly numb in the days after your procedure since the active agent in the injectible temporarily paralyzes the muscles around your lip. 

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9 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Getting Lip Injections

Spoiler: That Insta look doesn’t come cheap.

It’s relatively affordable, but upkeep is frequent 

The price of a lip flip varies from practice to practice, but it typically hovers around $150 to $200. Unlike plumping agents like Juvaderm or Restylane Kysse that last for six months or longer, the agents used in a lip flip typically last eight weeks. Traditional lip fillers can range anywhere from $600 to $1.200 depending on the number of syringes used. 

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Rita Ora Reveals Her Unusual Emerald Engagement Ring

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Rita Ora has kept the details surrounding her nuptials to Taika Waititi largely under wraps, with no confirmation of the exact date the couple exchanged their vows. What we do know: Waititi proposed to Ora with an emerald in a diamond pavé-set bezel, then presented his new wife with a delicate wedding band during a private ceremony. 

The singer revealed more details about her engagement ring on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which, up until now, she has “never shown anyone.” “Because I love you and I feel like you’re part of our relationship, weirdly, because we watch you every night, I just felt like I’ll show you it,” she told Fallon, before offering up her hand to the camera. “He did good.”

When asked about the selection process, Ora said that she guided Waititi. “I just think, like, when you know what you want and I felt like I really knew that I wanted to be with this person, I just wanted it to feel really right,” she explained. “I may have taken him to the shop and I may have pointed out exactly what ring I wanted.” 

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19 Glorious Photos of ABBA, Masters of Retro ’70s Style

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ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad dominated radio airwaves back in the 1970s—but the Swedish supergroup is still as relevant as ever in 2023. Following up their smash hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” the iconic band released a brand new album, titled Voyage, in 2021—their ninth and final studio album. This weekend, they’re also up for four major Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year, as well as Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for one of their leading singles, “Don’t Shut Me Down.”

Ahead of ABBA’s grand appearance at the Grammys on Sunday, Vogue is taking a look back at the Swedish group’s best fashion moments over the years. Photos from their heyday in the 1970s prove they’ve always been the masters of coordinated group style. While performing on stage, the four members have always shared a penchant for the dramatic—often synching up on groovy suits, bellbottom jeans, or disco-ready spandex catsuits. There’s a reason there’s a whole Broadway musical (and movie) set to their music; The group has a large roster of hits, and an even longer list of statement outfits to go along with them. 

ABBA in 2022Photo: Getty Images

Many of their fabulously retro looks were designed by Owe Sandström, their go-to costume designer at the time. “I wanted [their outfits] to be like pieces of art, more than just costumes,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “My inspirations came from everywhere, from all over the world. Kimonos in Japan, the northern lights of Scandinavia. The latin boleros and flamenco pieces in Chiquitita and Fernando.”

While it’s easy to look back on their 1970s clothes as a time capsule, many of their pieces—including the flared denim and frilly blouses—couldn’t feel more current, especially as designers such as Celine’s Hedi Slimane constantly look back and draw from the decade. Log onto TikTok, and not only is ABBA’s music constantly being used for trending sounds, but many creators are also playing into their ’70s style, too (remember that beauty trend on the app where everyone was recreating bouncy, voluminous, ABBA-worthy curls?). ABBA is the gift that keeps on giving—and we simply can’t wait to see what they wear to the Grammys on Sunday.

Below, 19 glorious ABBA photos to enjoy. 

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The Surprising Hack That Finally Fixed My Insomnia

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I feel like I’ve lost years of my life to sleeplessness—sometimes I look as if I have, too. Most nights I wake in the middle of the night, suddenly on some kind of vigil for that saber-toothed tiger attack. But of course, the tiger never comes (I know this because I am then awake for hours). For me, a good night’s sleep is a meager six hours. The worst-case scenario—about four hours, broken into little pieces (a bit like me)—happens all too frequently. 

Like many insomniacs, I’ve tried everything: over-the-counter sleeping pills (they work, but dependency feels wrong), quitting caffeine and alcohol (it helps, but it is no cure), ear plugs and eye masks (essential), sleep podcasts, bedtime breathwork, magnesium and melatonin (all useless), and CBTi (that’s ‘i’ for insomnia—effective but brutal, and my bad habits and wakefulness always won out). I have followed all the received wisdom around sleep hygiene—to no real effect. And with all the literature around the negative health consequences of sleeplessness, it’s easy to let panic steer your life into obsessiveness around sleep. That didn’t help either. 

But then a chance conversation a couple of months ago with the sleep coach Camilla Stoddart changed everything. “Have you tried journaling?” she asked. I hadn’t. I was always too self-conscious, too unconvinced. To me, journalling belonged with pillow mists and milky drinks in the softly-softly, totally ineffective category. Stoddart explained the science: “The amygdala is your brain’s worry center, and is responsible for emotional processing—it’s the amygdala that judges whether something is worth panicking over.” It was my stressed-out amygdala that was waking me up, she said, adding, “but journalling will help to switch it off.”

Stoddart pointed out that, as someone with a busy mind that is prone to anxiety, I tend towards a state of hyperarousal, i.e., I am always on high alert, whether I’m awake or asleep. “What you need to do is stop the arousal before it wakes you up,” she says. By giving myself 20 or so minutes a day of “constructive worrying,” where you commit all the things preying on your mind to paper and permit yourself to worry about them, I will be offloading my mind, clearing the amygdala of sleep-interrupting anxieties, and lessening my state of heightened arousal. “By journalling,” she adds, “you’re standing down your busy mind and stopping it from warning you over and over again. For all your adult life, your way of dealing with stress has been to do it in the middle of the night— you have to untrain your brain. Just try it for a week.”

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