The Facts About Skin Treatments
Somewhere between throwing a few AHAs into your skincare routine and going for a total surgical overhal, there's been an explosion of not-quite-drastic procedures. Are they worth it?
Restylane for Lips
Most doctors find that the hyaluronic acid fillers or collagen are most effective in the lip area. For the 65-year-old woman photographed here (below), Hirmand injected Restylane into both the upper and lower lips and along the lip border. "Less is definitely more in the lips; instead of injecting the full amount at once, I inject a little and then do another layer a month later," she says. "It's more precise." Results will last four to six months. (The lips are the first place you'll lose any filler, because your muscles there are very strong and mobile.) All patients experience some degree of swelling after the procedure. "To be safe, don't schedule any big events for a week," says Hirmand.