Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day for lovers, but it’s also a great day to love yourself. If you’ve been dreaming of fuller, more luscious lips, Valentine’s Day is a great time to make that dream a reality, and with JUVÉDERM® injections at Hamptons Medical Associates, we can help you make it happen.
Why lips lose their lusciousness
When we think of age-related facial changes, we tend to think of wrinkles, lines, and saggy skin. But thinning lips is another common “side effect” of the aging process. And actually, all those issues are related to a common cause: loss of natural volume. When we’re younger, our bodies produce an ample supply of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that helps our tissues draw in and retain moisture. We also produce a lot of collagen, one of the building blocks of healthy tissue that helps our skin and lips stay firm and supple.
But when we get older, our bodies start producing a lot less of both hyaluronic acid and collagen. And that can mean our skin starts to sag and our lips begin to look a lot thinner. At the same time, sun exposure, chronic or recurring illness, nutritional deficiencies, smoking, and other factors can come into play. When all these factors combine, they can take a big toll on our lips (and our skin), robbing us of the full, luscious lips of our younger years.
How JUVÉDERM helps restore lip volume
The JUVÉDERM solution contains hyaluronic acid which, when injected into your lip area, provides immediate plumpness and fullness while also helping your lips attract and hold onto moisture so they stay looking luscious for months to come. At the same time, the injections themselves stimulate natural healing responses which in turn trigger the development of collagen to enhance the fullness and softness of your lips.
JUVÉDERM isn’t just for people who’ve lost lip volume over the years. It can also be used to enhance lips that are naturally thin. Before your injection session, your lips and facial shape will be carefully evaluated to ensure the injections are placed in the optimal spots along your lips so you can create the look you want without worrying about overfilling that can make lips look unnaturally puffy.
The treatment session: What to expect during and after
For some people, the idea of having a solution injected into their lips sounds painful. But JUVÉDERM’s special formulation contains lidocaine, a mild anesthetic that helps reduce discomfort significantly. If your lips are very sensitive (or if you’re nervous about the treatment), we can apply a topical anesthetic to numb the lip area before your treatment begins. Applying an ice pack to the lip area is another option.
The treatment itself takes just a few minutes, and once your session is over, you can return to your regular activities without any downtime. You’ll see the results of your treatment immediately, and you can expect those results to last for up to a year. Even better, by scheduling regular touch-up sessions, you can maintain your fuller, more luscious lips indefinitely.
JUVÉDERM vs. lip plumpers
It’d be great if you could get the same full lips with an over-the-counter topical lip-plumping product, but despite the hype and marketing surrounding plumper, the truth is, they just don’t give you the same results as professional lip injections. In fact, plumpers give you about the same effect you’ll get by eating a spicy meal because they work in the same way, by irritating your lips so they temporarily get a little puffy. The actual effect is so mild, you might not even see it. Plus, it lasts only as long as the irritation. That means if you’ve got a three-hour date or another event, you need to apply it over and over again just to get a very minor effect, if any.
It’s the same with mechanical devices that purportedly use suction to plump your lips: The results are temporary, which means they need to be used over and over again. Worse, these devices can actually cause bruising and tissue damage over time. Compare that to JUVÉDERM that takes just a few minutes for up to a year of plumper, more luscious lips, with no effort on your part. Plus, the results are more natural-looking and customizable.
Get more kissable lips in just one visit
This year, be your own Valentine. Give yourself the gift of luscious lips so you look younger and feel more confident. At Hamptons Medical Associates, we can help you get fuller, more attractive lips in just one visit. To schedule your treatment, book an appointment online today.