You most likely pay more attention to your own face than anyone else does, even those who love you the most. Because you cannot help but see your reflection when you brush, wash, and get ready for your day, you are privy to the small and subtle changes that occur over time. What is interesting about these changes is that they occur gradually until, one day, they seem to suddenly be a profound problem that must be addressed as soon as possible. You may know this experience. For many people, it is their lips that all of a sudden look deflated, wrinkled, or thin. Here, we discuss why this happens and what you can do about it.
Why The Lips Get Thinner with Age
Our lips are a part of our skin. They are filled out with a bit of fatty tissue and with the same chemicals that plump and firm the skin elsewhere on the face and body. These include collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. If you’ve read up on wrinkles at all, you may know that the body makes far less of these vital chemicals in our forties, and even our thirties, than it does when we are in our twenties. As a result, fatty tissue starts to diminish in areas like the lips and cheeks. The skin loses some firmness and has less natural hyaluronic acid to bind to water molecules for moisture. Is this the end of it, though? No, it’s just the beginning.
Thinning lips are also the result of UV damage and prolonged sun exposure. The ultraviolet light in sunshine absorbs into the skin and breaks down collagen that firms the skin. The more sun exposure we get without wearing an SPF lip balm, the more the skin and lip tissue will degrade with age. Whether you’re just starting to notice thinning or you’ve been concerned about this for some time, your first step can be to start wearing an SPF lip product every day. At night, you can apply a lip serum that supports the regeneration of this delicate tissue. Another reason that the lips may age more quickly is that a person smokes. If you smoke, you may know that you’re far more likely to develop fine lines around your mouth. However, you’re also at risk of lip thinning and deflation caused by a lack of oxygenation in tissue. Genetics has something to do with the shape and volume of the lips, as well as how the lips age. That said, there are ways that you can mitigate this contributing factor in your aging process.
What Can be Done about Thinning Lips?
Your lips need to be protected from premature aging. They also need to be treated well on a daily basis to ensure optimal moisture and shape. Some expert tips on lip care include staying hydrated. The body uses water molecules to moisten the skin and also to plum it. If you’re not well hydrated, there are fewer water molecules floating around for your body to use. Then, sleep. Your tissue regenerates and repairs when you sleep. Truly, beauty sleep is a thing. If you want to treat thinning lips, do it with a professional. Lately, lip-plumping devices have been circulating on social media. These devices temporarily plump the lips with a pump-like action. This brings more circulation, blood, and fluid to them. The problem is that continual plumping with pumping can damage the very structure that lays the foundation for the lip shape you already have.
If you want to have fuller, softer, more shapely lips, just come see us. We are specialists at lip enhancement using proven dermal fillers or fat that we take from someplace else on your body. Lip fillers and fat injections are proven safe and effective when performed by a trained provider. Both treatments are wildly popular because they work to a high degree of satisfaction. To schedule your lip enhancement consultation and treatment, contact our Louisville office at 502-425-5200.