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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, Walgreens.com) onto lips daily.