Face Forward February: Who Wouldn’t Want a Perfectly Plumped Pout Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

2016 was the year of changing faces. We saw celebrities plump their pouts, nip those noses and tuck tummies. Sometimes we noticed, and other times changes were done so well that it just looked like a fantastic Snapchat filter. Things aren’t slowing down in 2017, and we have the resources and expertise to make sure we look our best right here in Rochester.


I sat down with Dr. Jacobson of Jacobson Plastic Surgery—the first private practice surgery center in Rochester—to discuss facial injections. Dr. Jacobson has a unique approach to aesthetics and strives to be efficient and easy and go beyond all patient expectations. He says, “Really well-performed plastic surgery doesn’t look like it happened; you just look better.”

Aging gracefully on our own terms has never been easier. There are several options for people looking to boost their confidence and enhance their appearance. You can be in your 20s and want to slow down the aging process or in your 50s and want to add youthful volume. Plastic surgery enhances the features that already make us so uniquely beautiful. 

 Many women choose BOTOX, an injection that paralyzes facial muscles, to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. BOTOX is typically used to flatten forehead wrinkles between the eyes. Look in the mirror and squint to see the “11” between your eyes; BOTOX can eradicate these lines.


Adding volume to the face and lips with JUVÉDERM will produce a more youthful and contoured face. As we age or lose weight, our faces can start to appear fragmented. Adding volume back into the face makes it appear as one unit and gives it a youthful and smooth look. As our skin loses volume, our lips do as well. There are several different options for plumping lips. JUVÉDERM is injected in and around the lips to add fullness and contour. It lasts about 12 months. 

Dr. Jacobson does lip augmentation using JUVÉDERM. He explained the importance of not changing the proportions of lips. When the proportion is changed, it can look like one has lip fillers or has had work done. Lips are split into thirds. The top should be one-third and the bottom two-thirds, you must fill both and keep the proportions the same as they were pre-fill. Overfilling the top lip produces a duck pout. JUVÉDERM, which is composed of hyaluronic acid, also keeps your lips moisturized—perfect for cold and dry Minnesota winters. For a more permanent solution, you can also have fat harvested and injected into your lips. This is a more subtle look that lasts forever. 


There are multiple options for cosmetic and surgical aesthetics in Rochester. Some cosmetic procedures aren’t surgical in nature and may use tools like lasers and imaging.

For surgical procedures or to have non-invasive procedures done by a licensed physician, Jacobson Plastic Surgery ranks very high on the list. Jacobson Plastic Surgery is located in Northwest Rochester. Dr. Jacobson is an internationally renowned expert on facial aesthetics and breast revision and reconstruction surgery.  Dr. Jacobson trained under Dr. Bryan Mendelson, the world’s leading authority on facial anatomy, giving Dr. Jacobson a unique skillset that sets him apart from any other physician. Dr. Jacobson utilizes surgical facilities in Rochester and the Twin Cities.

Olmsted Medical Center (OMC) offers reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Mehio and Dr. Babovic work together in Plastics at OMC and offer an array of options for women looking to enhance their features. Dr. Mehio’s professional interests include lasers, peels, fillers, fat injections and facelifts. Dr. Babovic is ranked as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons, according to the Consumers’ Research Council of America (Reconstructive Surgery Liposuction Facts, Tummy Tuck). OMC’s state-of-the-art facilities are used by their in-house physicians and private practice providers. 

Essence Skin Clinic is a MedSpa located in the heart of downtown Rochester. Jennifer Sanneman, the owner, is passionate about making women look and feel their best. Jennifer has an impressive list of credentials: She is a certified laser practitioner and has degrees in biochemistry, para-dermal science and esthetics. She is rated in the top 6 percent of injectionists in the nation by Allergan. Jennifer’s motto for Essence is to “let youth reign.” 

Stephanie Younguist owns Posh Facial Esthetics, located in southeast Rochester. Stephanie is a registered nurse and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She has over 20 years of nursing experience. Stephanie was trained with leading experts in the cosmetic medical field, including Launa Stone, RN, who is a beauty correspondent on “The Doctors.” Stephanie is a member of the American Academy of Medical Esthetic Professionals and is a leader in the community for lip and facial injections. 


Elective cosmetic procedures are paid for out of pocket by the patient. One syringe of JUVÉDERM® can range from $500-750. Typically one syringe is used for a lip augmentation. BOTOX® ranges from $12-15 per unit. The average number of units used per person varies extensively and can range from 10-25 units. 

It is important to consider not only the initial, but also ongoing costs to maintain the look you are aiming to acquire. Meet with a licensed professional for a consultation. Ask to see before and after pictures and spend time talking to them about your goals. Once you and your provider have a plan of action that works for both of you and will give you the end results you desire, go for it.

Molly Dixon Grimm is from Milwaukee but has happily called Rochester home for the last five years. She has a degree in English, creative writing and communications from Arizona State University. When Molly isn’t working in the digital sales world, she writes for her blog, re-launching soon, “Marlowe & McKerihan”. Molly is obsessed with all things beauty and style. She has experimented with BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® and is a huge advocate of doing what makes you feel beautiful.