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PRICEY PRO­CE­DURE: Lip in­jec­tions

Op­tions like Resty­lane in­volve in­ject­ing hyaluronic acid into the lips to re­store vol­ume. A sin­gle ses­sion can cost up to $2,000 and ex­perts point out that there’s no guar­an­tee as to how long the plump­ing ef­fect can last. In some cases results fade in two months, in oth­ers it lasts six months or longer. Swelling and bruis­ing are com­mon side ef­fects, and some women are dis­ap­pointed when the results look over­done and un­nat­u­ral.

AT-HOME HERO: A lip gloss con­tain­ing hyaluronic acid

Many top­i­cal lip plumpers are in­fused with spicy in­gre­di­ents like cin­na­mon—but these can be ir­ri­tat­ing and results are fleet­ing. The bet­ter op­tion, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Ze­ich­ner: “Us­ing hyaluronic acid top­i­cally—it has a sim­i­lar ef­fect to what it does when in­jected.” As Dr. Ze­ich­ner ex­plains, this nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring acid acts like a sponge to at­tract wa­ter to deeply mois­tur­ize and plump skin. Even bet­ter? The plump­ing ef­fect, which also re­duces lip lines by fill­ing them in, is in­stant and can last for sev­eral hours. And when used daily, the results can be even longer last­ing. Sim­ply swipe a gloss con­tain­ing hyaluronic acid (like Neu­tro­gena Hy­dro Boost Hy­drat­ing Lip Shine, $10, Wal­ onto lips daily.

Jen­nifer Garner

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