With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, our minds are fixated on love and romance, and what says romance better than a kiss from your valentine? So it’s important now more than ever to get that perfect pucker. That means trying lip enhancements! Lip enhancements are a simple and quick way to plump those beautiful kissers just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Lip enhancement is a cosmetic treatment that creates fuller, more plump, and smoother lips. Many people rely on lip enhancement when they feel like their lips are too thin and/or asymmetrical. Lip thinning often occurs as we age. The older we get, the more collagen and elastin we lose. Both of these substances are present in our bodies, especially in our lips. As they disappear over time, our lips lose their fullness, making them appear thin and shriveled. Lip enhancement can turn back the hands of time and re-plump our lips.
Lip enhancements can also help to realign uneven lips. Our lips can become asymmetrical thanks to fatigued or weakened muscles in the face. With lip enhancement, the lips on the weak side of the face can be filled to create the illusion of symmetry.
Lip enhancement is often referred to as lip augmentation. Augmentation is achieved through the use of injection. The most common lip injections are called dermal fillers and are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in our bodies that contributes to fullness and skin hydration.
Dermal fillers focus on a specific area. This quick outpatient treatment consists of a series of small injections that will fill the lips and correct any unevenness. Upon the injection, the hyaluronic acid fills the space of the lips making them plump.
There are various dermal filler types that can help you achieve a plump pucker. The most popular brand is Juvederm. Juvederm is a FDA approved dermal filler that uses a blend of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine to fill the lips with little pain at the injection site.
After the procedure, the results can be seen immediately and can last anywhere between six months to one year. While the procedure is relatively safe, it’s important that you consult with your dermatologist to ensure you are not allergic to any of the injection ingredients. In order to continue seeing results, you will need to keep up with procedures. Luckily, using products that contain substances that already occur in our bodies is a safe and effective option. Your dermatologist will be able to help you decide which filler is best for you and when to seek your next treatment.
There’s also a small possibility for minor side effects including swelling and slight bruising at the injection site. However, with a licensed professional, the chances of experiencing these side effects can be significantly reduced.
If you want to get your lips ready for Valentine’s Day smooching and you’re in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, our experts at The Dermatology Group can help you explore options and get you started. Give us a call today!