When we enter the world, our lips are plump and smooth and will remain so for many, many years. It’s only midway through our 30s that most of us will begin to notice that our lips are changing. As the body’s ability to produce collagen decreases, lips begin to flatten, thin out, and droop. Lines may begin to form, particularly in people who smoke. Any sun damage from years past can make lips age more quickly. Without treatment, lip fullness continues to decrease with age – but the fact is that thin, lined lips aren’t inevitable.
First, you can to some degree maintain the lip plumpness you already have by protecting your lips from the sun’s ultraviolet rays by wearing good quality lipstick or lip balm with sunscreen. If you smoke, quit ASAP – all that pursing when you inhale isn’t doing your skin any favors. The usual rules apply, so moisturize with a balm designed for sensitive skin, stay hydrated, and generally stay healthy to ensure your lips are as beautiful as possible without intervention.
But what if you’re doing everything right and you’re still remembering the pleasant plumpness of days past? That’s when it might just be time for an intervention. Heredity and other factors can cause lips to lose their lushness even in those people who are almost maniacal about lip care. Once upon a time, dermabrasion was the only remedy for aging lips, and it took a practiced and skilled practitioner to achieve natural results without scarring the sensitive lip area.
Now? Revitalizing lips is all about dermal fillers, which return lips to plumpness without downtime or long-term side effects. In our offices, Restylane and Juvederm are two of the fillers that we utilize for beautiful, natural lip enhancement that is noticeable, but never obvious. Using dermal fillers to reverse the signs of aging in the lips isn’t a choice that’s right for everyone, but those clients who come to us for lip treatments walk away from their appointments happy.
Here’s what one client had to say:
Like most women who want to remain looking good, I was no exception. So when it was time for a little help, I came to you, Dr. Roche, for the occasional fillers. Your work on my face is amazing, an absolute perfection and totally painless. The change to my face is subtle, yet you captured and achieved the look I sought.
Would you like to know more about using dermal fillers to restore your lips’ natural beauty? Please visit our Restylane and Juvederm pages, then contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment!