If you noticed something a little different about Kylie Jenner in the Instagram photos she posted on Sunday, you're not alone. Several commenters noted a subtle change but couldn't quite put their fingers on what it was, with one saying, "she looks like the old Kylie here idk why." Jenner herself was happy to explain, however, in a reply that was screenshoted and featured by Instagram account @commentsbycelebs: "i got rid of all my filler," followed by two of the flushed-face emoji and a smiley face.
As casually as she said it, it's a pretty major admission for someone who's so closely associated with full lips. (There's even a risky Internet challenge to plump one's lips via shot-glass suction named on her behalf.) In fact, it was her insecurity about her lips that inspired her to launch Kylie Cosmetics, which has become widely known for its cornerstone Lip Kits.
That insecurity was also behind her decision to start getting lip injections in 2014, when she was just 16 years old, and although she admitted to Complex in 2016 that she went "too far" at one point, it appears she has continued to consistently get filler in the years since. However, if she followed the advice of her cosmetic surgeon, Simon Ourian, Jenner might have laid off the fillers while she was pregnant — and perhaps she hasn't gone back since giving birth to daughter Stormi.
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In the photo Jenner posted with friend Anastasia Karanikolaou, her lips still look fuller than before she began getting lip injections, but they're arguably not as full as we've seen them. So did Jenner simply stop getting filler, or did she have it dissolved? It's hard to say, but we asked New York City-based dermatologist Shari Marchbein what the effects of both removal techniques would look like.
"There are enzymes both produced in the body as well as ones your dermatologist can inject to remove [hyaluronic acid] filler if a complication or undesirable effect occurs," Marchbein explains, referring to hyaluronidase, a substance that breaks down hyaluronic acid.
The two main types are Vitrase and Hyalenex, which she says all providers of injectable fillers should have on-hand. "Not only does it remove unwanted filler if overfilled like Kylie Jenner, but it can help remove lumps or nodules left from improperly injected filler." Hyaluronidase can be used months or even years later on any hyaluronic acid filler, though Marchbein says it's more helpful for those that tend to last longer.
It's also possible that Jenner's current lip size is just her new baseline, as lips can remain fuller even after someone stops getting fillers injected. "There was study a number of years ago that showed injecting filler causes the body's own fibroblasts to stretch and make new collagen," Marchbein says. "So, filler can be preventative in that new collagen is being produced, and over time, this will likely lead to the need for less filler as well as the feeling of not returning to 'baseline' as before."
Prior to her sister Khloé Kardashian telling the world about her lip injections, Jenner often chalked up her lip fullness to an overlining trick. And if she does decide not to return to fillers, that's always an option. In fact, a close look at her lips when she attended the Louis Vuitton menswear runway show on June 21 (above) suggests she may very well be expertly overlining again.
Ultimately, what Jenner decides to do or not do with her lips — and every other part of her body — is entirely up to her, and should go without unsolicited criticism from those who may not choose the same treatments for themselves. (Fingers crossed that Internet trolls get that memo.)
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