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I Got Threads Injected Into My Lips | Macro Beauty | Refinery29

December 4, 2019

The reason that I’m using a curled thread
versus a straight thread is I want it to give a little bit more balance and a little bit
more definition, a little bit more of a lift. Hi, my name is Lexi Donato and I’m getting
a lip thread lift done today. I live in Los Angeles. I own a brand called LDLA, also known as LD
Los Angeles, and we’re all about empowering women and making women feel beautiful in their
own skin. It’s no longer about a beauty standard
to look like someone else, it’s more about redefining your own beauty. So why not have a lip thread lift? Because if it’s something that you’re comfortable
with and you already love yourself, it’s just going to enhance that overall feeling. And so that’s why I’m doing this. I’m Dr. Shiela Nazarian. I’m a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly
Hills. I’m basically a plastic surgeon influencer. It’s kind of like the Oprah’s list of plastic
surgery up in my office. But if I was speaking to somebody and they didn’t know
what plastic surgery was, my answer would be that I help men and women regain their
confidence. People joke that plastic surgeons are therapists
with a knife but we’re really not. For some people, if there’s a lot going on
at home or they have a lot of stuff happening on the inside, no matter what I do on the outside, they’re never gonna be happy. Giving people the gift of confidence has ripple effects in their lives. I’m not just affecting that one person, making one person comfortable and feeling great about themselves, that’s going to affect everyone around them. So I’ve had a little bit of lip filler in
the past. So really, I want to see the difference. Ideally, I want more volume all around my
lips, and just have it be mostly even and shapely. I found out lip threading through
the internet. The first time I heard about it, I thought
it was, you know, the threads that you use to remove hair. Turns out it’s not. Lip threads are also sometimes known as the
Cupid’s bow lift. Now that’s because this area up top where
you have a peak, a dip, a peak and then it comes down is known as the cupid’s bow. So a lot of times people flatten out there
or they lose definition. So by placing a thread here and a thread here, it’s kind of giving people that bow shape
back. I one hundred percent will demand numbing
even if she’s like, “we’re not going to numb you today.” I’m going to be like, “No wait, you’re numbing
me.” You see how you got that little line right
there? Mhm. And you have a little bit of a line right
there, too? I call that a lip in a lip. So my goal for you today, and let me know
if you’re on board because if you want fullness in the lip, I would use in an HA filler. Ok. I would use like a dermal filler. But if you just want that border sort of filled
in a little bit more border definition, I think that’s when the threading comes in. That’s what I want. I think it’s perfect for you because you have
full, beautiful lips. We just want a little bit more definition
to fill that lip in a lip, and also to give you a little bit of a more defined border. When it comes to certain types of procedures
I need the patients sitting, but when it comes to lip threads, I want to make sure the patients
are super comfortable. So I’m going to lay Lexi down in a reclined
position to make sure that she’s as relaxed and as comfortable as possible. First, I’m going to numb Lexi’s face. The lips can be a little bit sensitive, so
giving them a dental block with some lidocaine, some local anesthesia is really going to help
her not feel pain when I get started on the threading itself. I know. Okay, good job. Now I’m making a small hole at the corner
of Lexi’s lips, which I can use to place the threads both in her upper lip and her lower
lip. Right now, I’m placing the thread into Lexi’s
upper lip and really making sure that it’s in the perfect location to give her that lifted
cupid’s bow and a defined border. Now I’m going to thread Lexi’s lower lip to fill in that lip in a lip, that little
indentation that shows that she’s had some deflation in the last few years. Even though we call it lip threading, this is not something you would use to sew your clothes up at home. This is actual suture material which is sterile, very similar to what we use in surgery to sew wounds together and that has predictable long term results. Lips give a certain youthfulness and a sexiness
to the face. So if you look at a person’s face and they’re overdone with their lips or look
unnatural out of proportion, that’s not a good lip, no matter what shape it is, how
good it looks in a close-up shot. What you want is a lip to compliment the rest
of the face, but not to distract from looking straight into someone’s eyes. It looks so good. It looks really good. Oh my goodness, it’s so natural. When I looked in the mirror for the reveal,
I feel like I would have wanted a little bit more volume, but I found out
that that’s not what the thread does. So that’s okay and I love, love, love my lips
now. I think my power is a lot more pretty. Lip fillers I find in the lips lasts about
three to six months. The lips are red for a reason. There’s so much blood supply in the lips and
that helps break down filler faster, unfortunately. Lip threading may last a little bit longe r because as the thread is dissolving, you’re actually building some collagen around it So, while you definitely need to maintain it, I think it’s kind of additive a little bit, that collagen build. As the lip deflates you start to get this little indentation along the inside of your lip And when patients walk in that’s how I know, wait a second, their lips actually used to be bigger so for me to increase the volume is not to make them look different than what they did five or ten years ago t’s actually just to turn back the clock a little bit and take them back to what they looked like actually themselves when they were younger When I had filler my recovery period was super long and super dramatic. My lip looked lip duck lips. And that’s what’s really cool about the lip thread, you see the results right away And super minimal bruising I only had a tiny little bruise on my actual
lip just the next day. And really with lip gloss, you couldn’t even
notice. When I was placing Lexi’s lip threads, I wanted
to make sure that I was being as gentle and precise as possible. I think one thing that has led me to be a
really great threader and also injector is that I treat every needle
like a knife. So just because I’m not using a knife and
I’m using a lip thread or I’m using a needle, the same respect for the tissue and the skin
needs to be maintained so that you get the best results and the least amount of downtime. I would never get lip threading done again
just because of the pain. I love the result of it and I’m super happy
with how natural it looks. And just that it gave my lips a little bit more shape to them Doctor Sheila Nazarin was such a delight I think with any procedure, going in, it can be a little bit nerve wracking And she just has such a calming spirit about her. Despite it being very painful, she made it very very easy to be there, and to feel like you’re being taken care of. Thanks for watching Refinery29. To watch more videos, click here, and to subscribe,
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  • Reply Refinery29 December 3, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Have you ever heard of the this procedure? Let us know in the comments!

  • Reply k hurl December 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm


  • Reply Pink plant December 3, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Going down to a healthier weight would make you way more attractive than this useless procedure.

  • Reply dion meddley December 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Chile get your coin back from her she just pimped you for your money.

  • Reply MJ L December 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Well that’s 9:06 I won’t get back.

  • Reply tigger Zelda December 3, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    contridicing, and natural and in the skin as well.
    anyone else agree with me. wow

  • Reply Gaby S December 3, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Just say you want fuller lips. You are not empowering women but getting cosmetic stuff done to yourself. Just be honest. Cut all of that other stuff. Own what you are doing. Your lip beads are not empowering anyone….all of that was unnecessary.

  • Reply audreye1202 December 3, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Is this what refinery29 is about now?… not here for it

  • Reply Pink plant December 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I couldn't tell the difference even if my life depended on it.

  • Reply Giovanna Molina December 3, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Can you guys please check out my channel, I’m trying to grow it as I started not so long ago!
    Thank you very much x

  • Reply WRO December 3, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Could she have donated her time and resources to help others? Would that count as empowerment?

  • Reply maria paz December 3, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    I think women empowerment can have many shapes and forms, but its weird to claim that your brand is being all about women confortable on their own bodies while making a video on lip threading

  • Reply megan smallwood December 3, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I can donate blood no problem but i dont think my heart ❤ could handle this.

  • Reply fernanda ruiz December 3, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    So she has metal in her lips now

  • Reply QuarterAged Millennial December 3, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    @ 3:12 is when we stop lying to ourselves about why we are doing this and start hacking at our face.

  • Reply Julienne DeSantos December 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    No. Omg no, the mouth is so sensitive! I had a root canal once and needles in my mouth? No way!

  • Reply rosewatersaffron December 3, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    OMGEEE the amount of BS these two women give from themselves even in the first two minutes!!! Completely delusional

  • Reply Foxy Kitty December 3, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    What’s the point? Your lips looks exactly the same😄

  • Reply erica valle December 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    She looks the same not being mean but she wanted a difference and she didn’t get that

  • Reply KwniStewart December 3, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    People are insane…why do this to yourself it has absolutely no difference…..

  • Reply It’s me December 3, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    I would’ve been so mad that I didn’t wax my mustache before they filmed that close up!!

  • Reply kirannkamath December 3, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Am I the only one who is squirming in my seat the entire video?! I mean NEEDLES??!! On my SKIN?!! *Shudder*😵😰

  • Reply Ava Winchester December 3, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Ahhhh I hate it so much but I have to keep watching

  • Reply Andy Morales December 3, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    The whole “plastic surgery is empowering” thing is so creepy.

  • Reply Iris vM December 3, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Absolutely insane, people are crazy.

  • Reply Miss Asio December 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Yeah, making women feel beautiful in their own skin by getting plastic surgery/procedure done lmao. Isn't what she say and do contradicting lol?

  • Reply Juanita Curry December 3, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    wow, what a waste. her lips looks the same.

  • Reply KAY DENÉ December 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    I've never felt more grateful for my natural full lips than I do in this moment right now. I cannot fathom paying money to have a procedure like this. Grateful. This looks enormously painful. But still, thank you refinery29 for sharing.

  • Reply Kayla Bey December 3, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    please just love yourselves. this is crazy 😑

  • Reply Rusty Keyz December 3, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    She looked better before-

  • Reply Vira Vdovenko December 3, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Effing shooooot why on earth would you do that! She could use the same lip gloss she used in the end to get the same effect…. my God.

  • Reply Lou Davies December 3, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    I'm totally here for making people feel beautiful in their own skin and enhancing what they already have, but this ain't it sis. This ain't enhancing what you have, this is purposely chanig your lip shape to fit in with the current trend 🙄 if that's what you want go for it, but don't be trying to preach you want to make people feel good with what they already have

  • Reply AngelicMisfit December 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Suddenly I'm really thankful for my full lips😭

  • Reply ugly poop doodle bob December 3, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    i see the differece but its not worth going thru some new expensive procedure for the tiny change

  • Reply CloudsInfinity December 3, 2019 at 8:25 pm


  • Reply ouhaddou ikram December 3, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    It looks the saaaaame wtf !

  • Reply Gothmoth December 3, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    1:04 she looks like jay’s mom from bigmouth

  • Reply Karen Durant December 3, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    It seems quite traumatic for such a low-level result. Issa #nodawg for me

  • Reply M J December 3, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Yikes! Hopefully she doesn’t react to the suture material 👀

  • Reply Kaitlyn December 3, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    But wow her skin is phenomenal! Talk about a close up

  • Reply taylor pontzious December 3, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    The whole idea of not following beauty trends and being comfortable in your own skin BUT THEN getting a PROCEDURE to look like every other bimbo. Ridiculous

  • Reply Victory December 3, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    🤔😲😲🙄🙄🙄🤔🤔🤓🤓🕵🕵😎👀👀 sorry!!! I restarted the tape and backed it up and forwarded it but honestly I see no difference than when she first walked in. I guess what one could say, it looked very natural. 🙄

  • Reply Georgia Min December 3, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Lmao this woman is such a scammer

  • Reply hasaheadachenow Shirley you jest! December 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I was freaking to heck out watching that! I could not!

  • Reply pathways678 December 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Nah, I'm good .

  • Reply Jaimi Crystal December 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    if you already love yourself you wouldnt feel the need to change yourself/your appearance.

  • Reply Potato Pal December 3, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Her: “I found out about lip threading through the internet”

    Me: “oh did you now”

  • Reply Rebecca Scott December 3, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    To me this looks more painful and disturbing than just getting lip filler and honestly looks like it does nothing

  • Reply Luke Medwyn-Jones December 3, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    So I found out that the lip thread doesn’t really do that. Why bother hun?

  • Reply Elliot December 3, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    I wonder if the doctor do this prodecure in herself?

  • Reply noelle lol December 3, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    That’s so scary

  • Reply Azza Khelifi December 3, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    That moment when you feel stupid but somehow you see this bullshit ,and you realise you r ok hhhh

  • Reply ana sofia meza morales December 3, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Nobody it’s gonna talk about how much she looks like miss piggy

  • Reply gardenho69 December 3, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I thought these threads were also supposed to promote collagen but they didn't mention that in the video? If that is part of the benefit, them maybe the results will show in a few weeks? If not, this was such a waste lol

  • Reply Hannah Cate Silver December 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Omg hat looks so painful

  • Reply Enjoli Flynn December 3, 2019 at 10:14 pm

    Why would anyone pay that kind of money to see no difference? I mean, I appreciate a subtle approach to plastics, but an invisible one? Hell naw!

  • Reply Jenni Ramos December 3, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Lmao I think she got more plump outta the numbing cream instead of the procedure

  • Reply tamagoswirl December 3, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    All that money and time for little to no results. At least she’s happy with her results ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Reply Casandra Guevara December 3, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    I'll save you the struggle of reading through all the painfully repetitive comments All I see in the comments is how people are greatful for their full lips, that they see no difference, and judging her for spending her money on what she wants. They fail to see that the reason why she might want full lips to feel better about herself is because she has a certain version of herself that she wants to see, therefore she's taking steps to achieve that. Definitely, all the negativity in this comment section is not helping either.

  • Reply Megan May December 3, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I just went through some trauma watching this for nothing 😭

  • Reply Kareem Helmey December 3, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    If you wanna empower yourself, then accept your beauty, don't look for it somewhere else. You will never be satisfied with who you are, even after a million of these.

  • Reply Charlotte Goode December 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    "We're all about empowering women and making them feel beautiful in their own skin, it's no longer a beauty standard to look like someone else it's more about redefining your own beauty"

    gets injections that adheres to one of the most popular and prominent beauty standard pushed on women
    definitely redefining their own beauty

  • Reply SweeTEA December 3, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Is this a joke

  • Reply Indi Darling December 3, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    "It's no longer about a beauty standard to look like someone else."
    Proceeds to do the most popular body modification of the decade. Goodness.
    I support surgery and anything else, shit, I'll probably do something within my lifetime, but really?

  • Reply Tess G December 3, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Don't get lidocaine in your mouth. It's horrible.

  • Reply Anna Kintu December 3, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Sorry , but it looks di same

  • Reply Cassie Lynn December 3, 2019 at 11:26 pm


  • Reply Aziellis December 3, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Is it just me or her lips look exactly the same? 🙄🤔

  • Reply 7 violett December 3, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Threading… Where?

  • Reply Sharnell C. Lewison December 3, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    Needles, I'm squirming 😭!! I didn't know this was a thing, but it's very natural looking💕!

  • Reply Amber Roberts December 3, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Legit no change

  • Reply Fair-Is-Foul& Foul-is-Fair December 3, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    If she would lose some weight it would probably be more noticeable 💋

  • Reply Nindya Ayu Maulidita December 3, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    i miss the macro beauty asmr sound. why they don’t do that anymore??

  • Reply Caros Editorial December 4, 2019 at 12:14 am

    "I love my lips now" lol Looks EXACTLY the same as before 🤦🏽‍♀️I'm all for plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures but this was a big waste of time 😑

  • Reply Miss P December 4, 2019 at 12:20 am

    It should be illegal to be that pretty and a doctor at thd same time…

  • Reply Laura Patino December 4, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Plastic surgeons are people who profit off of people’s insecurities

  • Reply Sophia McBride December 4, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Her putting the thread in the lip made me want to throw up.

  • Reply Angelita bonita Bailey December 4, 2019 at 12:35 am

    To me it’s sad I’m a upcoming influencer and I still believe some procedures are just ridiculous please lady research

  • Reply Kay Kay December 4, 2019 at 12:43 am

    You have to be a special kind of stupid to get this done…

  • Reply Kevin Burrell December 4, 2019 at 12:44 am

    OK. So are we all going to act as if this didn't do shit for her lips?

  • Reply Heaven Green December 4, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Get injections if you’re gonna do all that

  • Reply sl_imsad_ie December 4, 2019 at 1:44 am

    How is she gonna say she helps women feel empowered in their own skin, just for her to go and get fake lips?

  • Reply Constanza Contreras December 4, 2019 at 1:51 am

    If it is so painfull, why not using local anesthesia before the procedure?

  • Reply Michelle Gonzalez December 4, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Is this another procedure where the administrator doesn’t need to have earned a MEDICAL LICENSE THROUGH RESIDENCY IN THE US. Because that’s not a doctor that’s looks like a random lady

  • Reply ashleykay December 4, 2019 at 2:20 am

    I hope this cost less than a year's worth of Juvaderm because they look the damn same.

  • Reply pronounced fourtwenty December 4, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Youre smoking big crack rocks if you think imma put some damn thread in my lips

  • Reply RooHue December 4, 2019 at 2:51 am

    She found out AFTER she did this that she wasn’t going to get the results she wanted. Yikes.

  • Reply Asra KHAN December 4, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Too much anxiety to see no diffrence. Shot glass may have given more results.

  • Reply Cory Cory December 4, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Her lips were already full to me and this procedure didn’t do much at all.

  • Reply C CCMV December 4, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Hmmm not seeing a difference 🧐🧐

  • Reply Frost E December 4, 2019 at 3:25 am


  • Reply Frost E December 4, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Girl your lips aren't the issue… lmao white girls who get lip injections will always end up having Trisha Paytas moustache shadow lips

  • Reply JerichaG92 December 4, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I’m wrong for this but all I saw was the lip hairs

  • Reply Jezlynn Aguilar December 4, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Well at least they didn't use their nasty sound effects😷

  • Reply Mojo Jojo Joan December 4, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Looks exactly the same

  • Reply Lotsoflove53 December 4, 2019 at 4:15 am

    I don't see the difference

  • Reply Alexis Fuentes December 4, 2019 at 4:35 am

    No hate but its kinda ironic for the girl who's getting the fillers. She's into loving yourself but then she's doing plastic surgery.

  • Reply J December 4, 2019 at 4:46 am

    Her lips are lopsided afterwards and they got smaller.

  • Reply Kristina Dobyns December 4, 2019 at 4:47 am

    imma just keep overlining my lips, sorry fam I'm out

  • Reply Alejandra Nogueda December 4, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I see no difference

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