By Sacha Obaid
With Valentine’s Day just a couple of week away, there is no time like the present to plan a cosmetic surgery consultation. After all, a little aesthetic medicine can go a long way to ensure you are ready for the most romantic day of the year. Here are some of the best short- and long-term plastic surgeries for Valentine’s Day.
1. Lip Fillers
Shapely, full, symmetrical lips are a modern marker of beauty. Artificial lip fillers such as hyaluronic acid (Juvéderm® and Restylane) or collagen stimulators (Artefill, Radiesse, and Sculptra) offer results quickly and relatively painlessly. Each of these fillers can be planned and performed in a single visit to your cosmetic surgeon, with a short recovery period.
If you are looking for a more permanent solution, consider a fat transfer instead. With a fat transfer, your own fat cells are transplanted artfully into your lips for a natural enhancement. While this sort of procedure often involves more planning and a longer recovery period, if you schedule your consultation soon there may still be time to get some permanent work done before the big day!
2. Lip Lifts
A sexy mouth is more than just full lips—it’s also about the orientation of the lip corners, the space between the top lip and the nose, and the depth of the “Cupid’s Bow.” An expert cosmetic surgeon can quickly determine which procedures are appropriate for creating a look that really suits your face. Lip lifts can especially help patients in their forties and beyond, as aging often causes the lips to sag and become thinner. Best of all, through small incisions made at the nose crease, lip lifts leave almost no visible scarring, giving you the youthful, attractive lips you seek.
3. BOTOX® Injections
Another fast-acting cosmetic treatment is a botulinum toxin injection, commonly known as BOTOX. By reducing the tension on your skin, BOTOX both smoothes wrinkles in the short term and slows the deepening of skin folds and creases as you age. That means your quick fix for V-Day could really help you out in the longer term as well, especially if you come back for regular treatments.
Going for a Bigger Change?
More invasive procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and other cosmetic surgeries won’t have you fixed up in time for V-Day this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps now to be looking your best in time for February 2015. If you’re planning a romantic date with your spouse or partner, make Valentine’s Day the time to discuss the cosmetic procedures you are considering. And if you are flying solo this year, take a moment to reflect on where you want to be in 12 months’ time, then schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon and put your plans into action!