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Kissable Lips for the Month of Love

February is known as the “Month of Love” with thoughts of pink hearts, chocolates, wine, flowers and… sweet kisses…but the weather this time of year can be rough on your lips. Harsh cold, windy and dry climate can make lips very uncomfortable. Whether you received a Davinci Plastic certificate for Valentine’s day or not, one of the easiest, fastest ways reverse the signs of aging is to choose kissable, full lips. Get those luscious lips by taking extra care of them and giving them that sexy boost of fullness with JUVÉDERM®. Here are some ideas for keeping your lips kissable for Valentine’s Day and through the rest of the winter weather.

Exfoliate

Dry lips can crack and get flakey. This is not only makes for a self conscious kisser, but can be very uncomfortable. A simple homemade honey sugar scrub can gently remove the rough skin. At the beginning of your lip repairing regimen, every night gently rub the mix on your lips then rinse. Once the damage is under control, this can be used once or twice a week for maintenance.

Here’s why you should use sugar as the exfoliator:

  • It has rounder granules that are more gentle.
  • Sugar is less drying than salt.
  • It contains a natural form of glycolic acid, which is alpha hydroxy acid to help smooth the fresh new skin once the rough top layer is removed.

Restore and Protect

After exfoliating, you may still need to repair or reinforce the health of your lips. You do this many ways:

  • Rest a green tea bag on your lips to revitalize your skin. Steep the bag in hot water, squeeze out the extra water, let it cool a little and then hold the warm bag against your lips for about three to five minutes. The high antioxidant levels in green tea make it a great choice.
  • Use a vitamin enriched moisturizer on your lips. Moisturizers aren’t just for the rest of the body, they’re good for all skin. The essential vitamins A, B and E can help you retain moisture in your lips. As an alternative you can directly apply vitamin E to sore, cracked lips, but even though it has great healing power, be warned that it doesn’t taste or smell great. Alternatively, both almond and coconut oil can help moisturize your skin and they have a pleasant taste and smell.
  • Staying hydrated is one of the best ongoing ways to restore and maintain the health of all your skin, including your lips. Pale and dry lips are often a tell tale sign of not drinking enough water.
  • Protect your lips from sun and wind burn with an SPF and wind guarding clothes like a scarf. This can help maintain the daily preparations you’ve made to make sure you have soft, smooth lips.

Fill

Along with the environment, age can take its toll on your lips. Everyone wants full, plush, kissable lips. Fortunately, I can help with that part of the lip rejuvenation. JUVÉDERM® is an injectable filler that can replenish the fullness of your youthful lips or even add volume you’ve always wanted but never had. With an expert eye for lip proportion and facial balance, we can help give you gorgeous lips for sexy, confident kissers.

Let us help you love your kissable lips during this “Month of Love.” Contact our office by calling 202.966.9590 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your appointment today.

Steven Davison M.D.

Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Just What She Really Wants for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day one week away, gift shopping is in full swing. But if you want to get one of the most desired gifts, you don’t need to brave the malls. Simply come in to DaVinci Plastic Surgery to get a gift certificate for your ‘someone special’ because surveys say that 78 percent of women would “be impressed” if they received this for Valentine’s Day gift. And what are they most likely to get? Most certificates are in the price range that is perfect for Botox or dermal fillers.

BOTOX® Cosmetic over chocolates and flowers…

There are certain women who’d be offended by the gift, but you can be sure that your lady would love the gift if she’s:

  • Already a regular user of injectables
  • Has asked for treatments as gifts for other holidays
  • Had one treatment of BOTOX® Cosmetic or filler and expressed happiness with the results
  • Ever mentioned that she’s considered getting injectable treatment to address her aging concerns.

Why women want injectables as gifts…

Injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, Sculptra® Aesthetic, and RADIESSE® can directly affect the confidence and satisfaction one has with their looks. This goes much further than that designer purse or shoes. Every time they look in the mirror they’ll see the rejuvenated face and think of you in appreciation.

Which injectables to choose…

There is a benefit to giving a gift certificate since it eliminates the guess work as to which treatment to choose. Your Valentine’s sweetheart can select from a variety of the safe, effective treatments to address the area that she wants most. Here are some common choices:

  • BOTOX® Cosmetic is perfect to smooth out those two vertical lines between the brows, crow’s feet around the eyes, smoker’s lines above the lips, nose furrows, and thick lines in the neck. In a quick treatment session of about 10 minutes, there is a noticeable improvement that increases for optimal results within 7 to 14 days post treatment. These relaxed lines will last for several months.
  • JUVÉDERM® is a smooth hyaluronic acid filler to instantly smooth out those lines on the side of your nose and mouth.  This is also a popular treatment used to create luscious lips. Juvederm’s natural looking results can last up to a year.
  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the only FDA-approved filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area. By replacing lost volume, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC creates a non surgical mini facelift that can rejuvenate the midface and lessen marionette lines around the mouth. Results can last up to two years.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic is the only facial injectable with gradual, subtle results that can last two years or longer. It adds youthful volume to the face while stimulating collagen renewal.
  • RADIESSE® is a semi-permanent filler that uses unique, calcium-based microspheres to create scaffolding for your own collagen to grown around. Long after the RADIESSE® breaks down, the collagen it encouraged will help keep your face more youthful longer.

Take the guesswork out of Valentine’s Day gift giving and get something that your sweetheart would love…a certificate to choose their rejuvenation treatment at DaVinci Plastic Surgery. Contact our office today by calling 202.966.9590 to schedule your consultation, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

Steven Davison M.D.
Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

Winterize Your Skin With Moisture

Cold, dry winter weather can really cause irritation, discomfort and can age the skin if proper care isn’t taken. You invest in your skin with cosmetic surgery and non invasive procedures, so it is important to take extra care of your skin, when the weather is extreme, to help those age defying effects last. Here are some tips to help you keep your skin healthy and feeling great.

Conserve Moisture

There are many habits that can strip out the moisture from your skin. This dryness can be painful, itchy and contributes to skin-aging by stripping moisture. So you need to work on replenishing this lost moisture using a few simple steps to do so.

First…some habits to avoid – some to do:

  • Taking hot showers or baths removes the natural lubrication and oil on the skin. Although a hot shower always feel good after coming in from the cold, try to keep it short or not too hot.
  • Using cleansers and toners, containing harsh ingredients, strips your skin of natural oil. Real sudsy cleansers usually have a surfactant like sodium laurel sulfate and the acetone in many toners can be too harsh along with already dry conditions. Use mild cream or gel cleansers and toner with no alcohol this time of year.
  • Sipping hot coffee and tea is so comforting when it’s cold out, but beware the dehydrating effects they can have. – Most people only think to drink lots of water when they’re sweating and hot, but cold, windy air can be just as dehydrating for your skin. So, drink lots of pure water everyday!

Moisture Reinforcement

Not only do you need to be on the defensive when it comes to protecting your skin (during the winter) by not participating in certain drying habits, but you need to be on the offense to add the extra help it needs this time of year. Here are some ways to add moisture reinforcement for your skin:

  • Running the heat in a home strips the air of any moisture, so you can counter this by adding a little water vapor back to your home’s air with a humidifier.
  • Diligently use moisturizer morning and night. Never miss moisturizing your face and hands since they’re exposed to the elements the most, but don’t neglect the rest of your body.
  • Exfoliate gently to remove the dull dead skin that builds up, but don’t forget that you must moisturize that fresh new skin to keep it healthy and glowing.
  • Continue using sunscreen. Snow can actually reflect up to 80 percent UV rays. As skiers and snow sports enthusiasts know, you can skill get a sunburn in the winter.
  • Eat foods that encourage your skin to retain and build healthy moisture, such as those rich in essential fatty acids like salmon and other “healthy fats” found in avocados and coconut oil.

I hope these tips help you save your skin this winter. We also offer medical grade, physician prescribed skincare SkinMedica®, which effectively addresses many skin issues and is essential for healthy skin maintenance. Contact our office to schedule your consultation. Call us at 202.966.9590, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

Steven Davison M.D.
Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon

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