Many of us have at least one thing about our appearance we wish we could change. For a great deal of us, that one thing is our thin lips. Genetics play a big role in lip size and shape. Some of us are born with thin lips naturally while the majority of us tend to simply lose volume over time.
The good news is that there is a range of great preventative and corrective solutions to restore fullness and provide a more youthful appearance to the lips and surrounding area. On a regular basis, make a conscious effort to stay hydrated and ensure your diet is high in Vitamin C and protein. You should also make sure your lips stay hydrated externally by applying your choice of lip ointment. As well as ensure you are protecting the delicate lip area with an SPF, as UV rays contribute to the breakdown of collagen. Corrective medical options include injectable treatments such as Dermal Fillers and are the recommended treatment for thin lips. Lip injection treatments can provide an instant subtle plumping of the lips as well as a smoothing effect on the entire lip area.
8 West Clinic is located in beautiful Vancouver, BC and we have a team of experts, working under the direction of Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Buonassisi, that specialize in the treatment of thin lips by using Dermal Fillers.
The reason your lips start to thin with age is due to a natural decline in collagen and hyaluronic acid, which keeps your lips plump and moist from the inside out. You generally start to notice the decline start to happen in your late 20s and early 30s, or possibly earlier if you had thin lips to start with. Some lifestyle choices can also be to blame for lip thinning such as puckering your lips and drinking out of straws. Frequently drinking out of straws can cause fine lines to appear around the lip area over time and will also speed up the breakdown of collagen in your lips causing them to appear smaller and more wrinkled. Another common cause of the appearance of thinner lips, dehydration.