.#TBT Lips & Lines with Lee.

Two weeks ago I met Lee AKA @offiicial_mamichula who is a FABULOUS vlogger (video blogger) on Long Island.  Lee is the real deal – she has over 20k followers on Instagram and over *300k* followers on YouTube! Needless to say when I was approached by my amazing company to have Lee capture me in action on her video blog I immediately said YES!

First, Lee and I sat down to discuss what her concerns were.  She felt as if her face was “sunken in.”  This is a very common complaint that patients notice from weight loss or just the natural aging process. After a brief examination we decided to use #juvedermultraXC for her #nasolabialfolds AKA “smile lines” (pink arrows.)  We also opted to do a little work on her lips to add more symmetry and definition.

First, my medical assistant took pictures and applied numbing cream. The numbing cream was left on for about 10-15 minutes.  One of the things I LOVE about these #hyaluronicacidfillers is that they have #lidocaine already mixed into the syringe.  The combination between the numbing cream and the lidocaine allows patients to have minimal discomfort during the procedure. #lovemyhappypatients

Once we were ready to role the numbing cream was removed, and the area was thoroughly cleaned with alcohol and hibiclens.  To achieve full correction on Lee I used only one syringe.  Depending on how deep the deficit is ultimately determines how many syringes we will need. Click the play button to watch a behind the scenes sneak peek!

The entire procedure for her smile lines took about 15 minutes.  Lee was so happy with the results! After we finished her smile lines we moved onto the lips.  I always advise my patients to do their top and bottom lip to achieve perfect symmetry and proportion #noducklipsplease. Lee already had nice, full lips so we did not need to add significant volume.  Ultimately I wanted to give her the #perfectpout by defining her #vermillionborder (the well defined area where your lip meets your normal skin) and fixing the slight asymmetry she had in her lips.  FYI: it is normal for our lips to be smaller or bigger than the other.  After numbing and cleansing the area we were ready.  Once again #juvedermultra was my filler of choice.  In total we used around half of a syringe to achieve perfection! Click the play button to watch a behind the scenes sneak peek!

 

HOW FUN! It was great having Lee at my office in Smithtown at Schweiger Dermatology.  She was a total doll and I hope to work with her again in the near future.  I can now say that Lee is an official #dermdiva. Huge shout out to @offiicial_mamichula for filming this entire experience for her YouTube blog! Make sure you all CLICK HERE to watch Lee’s full experience from that day!

xoxo,

TheDermDiva

PS. Did you watch the full video on Youtube? CLICK HERE NOW! Lee and I have decided to give away some free stuff! You need to follow the directions at the end of the video! Be sure to follow Lee on all her social media for her latest posts!

. All About Lip Fillers .

With Valentine’s Day around the corner it is only fitting to chat about one of the latest aesthetic trends.  Lip augmentation with fillers is a non surgical treatment with minimal down time.  It is  a very common treatment that many of my patients ask for. Maybe this is because of certain celebrities sporting their new lippies or all the new nude lip kits out there (btw, LOVE!) Regardless – fuller lips were fab in 2016, and now lip fillers and perfect pouts are here to stay for another year. Talk about new year, new 2.0!

What are the different types of lip fillers? What’s in that syringe anyway? How do I know which is best for me?

These are GREAT questions.  Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC are made by Allergan. Which one do I use more regularly? Answer: Juvederm Ultra XC.  This is a great choice for those who are looking for #fullerlips.  That #perfectpout is achieved because this lip filler adds more volume that we may have lost.  It is also a great choice for those who may have a small upper lip to begin with. Juvederm Volbella XC is the newest lip filler in the Allergan family.  A perfect choice for those who have #lipsticklines – those lines around your lips that make your lipstick smudge and run. Volbella is a great choice for someone who wants to improve or define their vermillion border.  It will make people wonder why your lips look so perfect and natural!

There are several companies who manufacture fillers (in this post I only discussed two to keep it short and sweet!) They are commonly described as hyaluronic acid fillers.  Believe it or not hy-a-lur-on-ic acid is naturally found in our skin.  HA promotes hydration and is found to be very moisturizing.  As we age we lose volume in our lips, cheeks, lower face, etc. By using hyaluronic acid fillers we are able to restore that volume loss and stop the aging process.

During a consultation I ask my patient WHAT they are looking to achieve. Together we will come up with the perfect treatment plan and find which filler is best for YOU.  Many times one syringe is enough to create those luscious lips, but it also depends on the deficit. The best way to know is by scheduling a consultation with myself or an experienced injector in your area.

What about down time? What should I expect to happen after treatment?

Naturally whenever you are treating an area with a needle there are risks of bruising, swelling and redness post procedure.  They can last as little as 24 hours or can last as long as 5 days.  Every patient’s experience is different, but for the most part you are able to go back to work the next day. A few great tips to decrease your chances of bruising and swelling? Stop any NSAID or aspirin at least 5 days prior to your procedure, start arnica pills twice a day at least 7 days prior to your procedure, and eat half of a fresh pineapple! Pineapple contains bromelain which is said to help decrease bruising. See — you learn something new every day!

Questions? Send me a message!

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xoxo,

TheDermDiva

PS. Are you coming to my #liplinesandlashes event? If you live in the NY/LI area come spend Thursday, February 16 with me starting at 5:30! All things dermatology will be discussed! We are raffling off a complimentary lip filler treatment, too!