Love Your Lips, Lose Your Lines This Valentine’s Day

With 2019 in the rear-view mirror, we switch our focus to making 2020 the best year we can. And what better occasion to prepare for than Valentine’s Day – a celebration of love and friendship, where we put our best selves on display and express our gratitude to our significant others?  

To help you look your best on the most romantic day of the year, Etre Cosmetic Dermatology would like to bring you this advice on your lips. 

Our lips have the potential to be the most stunning portion of our face, but also one of the scariest – think 101 Dalmatians’ Cruella DeVille, or The Emperor’s New Groove’s Yzma, and compare them to the keyhole pout of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. 

Sunken lips (à la Cruella) and lines radiating from the mouth (Yzma) contribute toward an aged, weathered appearance that is far from stunning. Full lips and smooth vermilion borders, on the other hand, display vibrancy, youth and sensuality.    

Follow our expert advice to make your lips look their best this coming Valentine’s Day. But first, let us explain why the lips are such an essential aesthetic feature in a stunning face.

Why the Lips?

Though it may come as a shock to some, people’s obsession with full, pouting lips likely originates from an inherent desire to protect that person.  

Full lips in adults, along with other youthful facial characteristics such as large eyes and protruding cheekbones, are what scientists call “neotenous features” – juvenile physical traits retained into adulthood. Because young individuals of a species are more vulnerable and require increased care and attention, these neotenous facial features compel others to care for and love individuals with these traits.  

So, on a fundamental biological level, the keyhole pout displays vulnerability. This quality makes other people instinctively warm toward the person with full lips. But how to best achieve full, smooth lips before Valentine’s Day?  

The fastest, and in many cases most satisfying, way of achieving the perfect trout pout is with lip injections.

Lip Injections to Achieve Fullness 

By now, we are all aware of Kylie Jenner’s and Kim Kardashian’s keyhole pouts. These women have lips to die for, but it’s not the appearance they were born with. 

A relatively simple cosmetic procedure allows these superstars to look the way they do: lip injections. And you can use them, too. 

Obtaining the keyhole pout or other lip enhancements requires injecting dermal fillers into the upper and lower lips. Clients often request different aesthetics from lip injections, including heavy upper or lower lips, wide lips, heart-shaped lips, or downward-turned lips. 

A trained injector can achieve all these different aesthetic styles by expertly introducing varying amounts of lip filler to different parts of the lips. While the injection process itself is relatively simple, it takes a trained doctor to apply the correct fillers, and a steady hand with a practiced eye for facial aesthetics to provide the exact results people desire.  

While lip injections provide a solution to sunken or thin lips, many clients also wish to erase encroaching wrinkles around the corners of their mouths.

Dermal Fillers for Wrinkles  

Repeated facial expression eventually takes its toll on our skin. Permanent creases, lines and small wrinkles begin to develop over time, particularly around the eyes (crow’s feet) and corners of our mouths. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to eliminate these unsightly lines using a particular variety of dermal filler – Juvéderm® Volbella

A hyaluronic acid-based filler, Volbella provides natural smoothness to soft facial skin that is beginning to show signs of aging. When gently injected to the areas around the mouth, Volbella adds minute amounts of volume to the required areas, thus filling out the skin and creating a smooth, youthful surface. 

If your lips lack volume, shape, and pout, consider lip injections. For those concerned about facial lines, Volbella injections will have you ready for Valentine’s Day in a flash. 

While many patients experience highly satisfactory results with lip injections, we find that many desire a more permanent solution to their lip enhancement. In these cases, we suggest lip augmentation. If you’re unsure of which methods best suit your requirements, don’t hesitate to call us at 504-227-3873 or fill out our online form to arrange a consultation in New Orleans. 

Our highly experienced team at Etre Cosmetic Dermatology & Laser Center looks forward to helping you look your best this Valentine’s Day.

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