Valentine’s Day 2019 is just around the corner.  However, you still have time to prepare your lips for sweet soft Valentine kisses.  As you look at your schedule for February, remember that here at Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medispa, you now have only 14 days to get ready, sign, seal and deliver your most perfect Valentine kisses—ever… with your softest, most voluptuous lips—ever.

And we are here to help you get into condition, lest you need a little training before your kissing marathon with your Valentine.

A Valentine’s Plumper:  Perfection for Your Luscious Lips

Valentine's Day and Kissing Go Hand In Hand

Make Your Lips Full and Voluptuous in Time for Valentine’s Kisses

On the one hand, it’s a perfect time to plump up your lips and make them perfect for those Valentine’s kisses.  On the other hand, perhaps you are happy with your plumpness, but you just want to improve the contour of your smile or that perky pout.  At Altiora Plastic Surgery here in St. Armand Circle, in Sarasota, we can take care of that too.

As we have recently posted on this blog, we can help you with all the finer points of beauty and health for lips in both non-surgical and surgical ways.

Health Before Enhancement:  Valentine’s Day Advice

Take care that you do are not tempted to prepare your lips through an injection party in a hotel room or the too-good-to-be-true Valentine’s special in the back room of a beauty shop.

Be sure you invest in a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Orlando Cicilioni at Altiora Plastic Surgery and Medispa.

But before we go into any more detail about Lip Enhancement, let’s talk about Healthy lip care in general.

Our Valentine to You:  Our Simple Sarasota Style Lip-care Primer

You might not realize how much tender loving care your lips crave.  Begin your voyage to Valentine’s Day with the Altiora Plastic Surgery & Med Spa Valentine Primer for Lip Care.  These simple, healthy tips will start you in the right directions:

Valentine Tip 1.  Luscious Lips Crave Protection! 

Valentine's Lips are Protected Lips

            Dreaming of a Little Lip Enhancement? Think Protection First

Remember Valentine’s Day blows into the season in time for cooler weather and indoor heating even in a mild climate like ours.  This season is not kind to lips.  Thus we have recently seen our share of Sarasota chapped and peeled lips from sun and surf and even fireplace dry air.

Because the skin of your lips is very delicate, did you did you ever realize they are especially susceptible to disfiguration or cancer from sun exposure?  The most basic lesson in our primer of lip care is to protect them with an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.  Look for a fine lip balm or stick.

And remember, the lower lip actually gets the brunt of the sun’s attack.  It actually receives more direct sunlight.

Valentine Tip 2.  Luscious Lips, as well as Mouths, Crave Water for Moisture

Hydrate.  We know you have heard this previously, but we must advise you again.  We hope you will resolve not only to moisturize the surface of your lips but also moisturize them from the inside out.

  • To do this, just drink lots of water.  You see, lips are unlike any other skin on your body.  The skin is thinner.  That is why we can see the redness through it.
  • Likewise, you might be unaware the lips have no oil glands.  You see, oil acts as a protection for the skin.
  • Special Warning:  As stylish as they are, we have to warn you to avoid extended-wear or matte lipsticks that dry out or crack the surface of your lips.  They too can dry and crack your lovely lips.  And licking your lips too often can be very destructive.  There are some powerful enzymes in your saliva.

Valentine Tip 3.  Cheers for Delicate Exfoliation

For your smoothest lips, we suggest you gently exfoliate.  Our best advice is that you exfoliate with a soft washcloth or an even softer toothbrush.  At Altiora, we caution you against overdoing it and remind you to avoid strong exfoliation products that might cause irritations.

4.  Repeat Steps 1, 2 and 3!

Like your sunscreen, lip protection, be it in a balm or lipstick, it must be reapplied to be effective.  It might surprise you to know that we advise you to simply re-do your lip protection about every two hours.

And as you go to sleep and dream of lovely Valentines, please give lips a little treat of extra moisturizer.  We don’t want those luscious lips to dry out while you sleep.

Part II of our Primer for Lip Care:  Shopping for Valentine’s Day Lip Enhancement 

Stylish Woman Shows off Confidence with Lip Enhancement

Lip Enhancement Can Bring You a Touch of Glamour For Valentine’s Day

Age might be causing you some concern as you look into your mirror to apply that perfect shade of red lipstick.  Experts at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery tell us

“Our lips age just as we do, and they begin to lose their definition and plumpness.  A range of both surgical and nonsurgical techniques like fillers are available to safely and effectively get younger lips back.”

However, women of many ages have visited Altiora for lip enhancement.  Are you secretly shopping for plump, luscious lips?  At any age, you could be seeking refinement and contour in the shape of your lips.

Perhaps age, smoking or genetics has caused your mouth to look older than it should?

Now the doctors and staff at Altiora can enhance or restore natural looking, full lips with our beautiful injectible fillers, or even your own injected fat cells.  The most popular and well-publicized results for lip enhancement come from injectable fillers.

No Duck-Bill Lips, Please

Artistically used, these injectable fillers can create a well-defined, contoured and voluptuous mouth and lip area.  Our doctors and healthcare professionals will design the lip enhancement that will blend proportionally into your natural features.  Learn more about lip enhancement in one of our recent blogs.

Roses, Chocolates, Botox and Filler:  What Do Sarasota Women Want for Valentine’s Day?

Sarasota Fun On Valentine's Day

Enhancements to Make You Smile

By the way, we know you might prefer Botox and filler to roses or chocolates, but does your Significant Other or your BFF Know?

Thus, of course, we offer gift certificates perfect for Valentine or Galentine gifts. (In case you are not up to date with the term “Galentine,” the expression simply names a new unofficial holiday, observed on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women.)

Whether you have always desired a pretty sculpted pout, a Cupid’s bow, rosebud lips, or more voluptuous balance between your upper and lower lips, we are here for consultation.  Visit us and see how we can help you attain your softest, smoothest, shapeliest, and most kissable lips, just in time for Valentine’s Day.