It’s no secret, our bodies go through lots of changes as we age.
As you’re logging an hour or two a day at the gym to keep your waistline
slim, the areas you don’t want to wither away seem to get skinnier
“Skin starts to lose its youthful volume in our mid-twenties, and
our hair loses it shortly thereafter,” Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas,
M.D., PH. D, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University
of Medicine told
If you’re a self-proclaimed sun worshipper, a fan of tanning beds,
or a smoker, these lifestyle factors can accelerate volume loss in the
face and lips. When you factor in the natural aging process, hormonal
changes, and naturally-occurring fat and bone loss, you have a perfect
recipe for thinner lips.
Fortunately, you don’t have to live with slimmer lips if you don’t
want to; science has developed some remarkable ways to beef up this much-coveted
asset. What’s more, lip injections are nonsurgical and involve little
to no downtime.
The Skinny on Your Lips
“Do lips get thinner with age?” In a word – yes. As we
age, we begin to lose bone density, which not only creates a more sunken
look in the face, but it the lips are less supported as well. This bone
loss causes the lips to roll inward and as a result, they appear thinner
Bone loss is not the only issue – sunlight and collagen loss contribute
to thinner lips as well. Our lips get their shape from collagen. As we
get older, our body produces less collagen, which means our lips become
less plump. Ultraviolent light from the sun also affects our lips. One
of the best ways to protect lips from the sun is to wear lip balm or lipstick
that contains sunscreen.
While topical products may temporarily enlarge the lips, they don’t
bring lasting results. If you truly want fuller lips, your best option
is to have a filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane injected directly into
your lips, which can deliver dramatic results. Other treatments, such
as fat transfer can also enhance the volume, while fractional laser or
microneedling with RF (e.g. Fractora) can help with the wrinkles and thinning
of the skin above the lip itself.
Are you looking for a plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Southern California for nonsurgical
or surgical lip augmentation? Contact us today
to meet with our
board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Yuly Gorodisky!