Posted on: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 In: News
As you age, you lips start to thin for the same reason your skin starts to sag over time: a natural decrease in collagen. Young lips stay full because young skin contains an abundance of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid, which keeps your lips moist and plump from the inside out.
Like most everything genetics will determine the plumpness of your links (i.e., whether or not you were born with Angelina Jolie lips). Lip shape and size are genetically determined, but most people will develop thinner lips over time, as part of the natural aging process. If your lips are naturally on the small side, you may begin to notice a decrease in lip volume in your late 20s or 30s. This is when collagen and hyaluronic acid production begins to decrease. Lifestyle factors can affect “premature” lip thinning.
A major misconception about lip thinning is that it only happens to smokers. Smokers’ Lines can appear even if you never smoked; especially if you pucker your lips, chew the inside of your lip when you’re nervous, or drink out of straws. Drinking out of straws can cause these lines to develop and will also break down the collagen in your lips and make them smaller and more wrinkled. Dehydration from too much caffeine and simply not drinking enough water can make your lips lose their plump look. In addition, teeth wear down over time, which can give your lips a sunken appearance.
The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to address the problem of thinning lips. On a daily basis, it’s important to stay hydrated and ensure your diet is high in protein and vitamin C, both of which are vital for making strong, healthy collagen. In terms of lifestyle choices, cut back as much as possible, and avoid drinking from straws.
Injectable fillers are a temporary solution for fuller, natural lips. For his younger patients, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj recommends Restylane®™. It’s the softest injectable filler on the market, so it looks and feels very natural. Plus, it contains Lidocaine Anesthetic, so it numbs the lips as it’s injected. Restylane®™ results vary for every individual; however, you can expect the results to last between 3 and up to 6 months.