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You might think that only genetics play a role in developing thin lips, but that is not completely accurate. There are other reasons that cause your lips to become thinner, but there are also solutions for having voluminous lips. In this article, we have prepared the ultimate guide, from causes to lip filler procedure, so you can get all the answers you need!
What Causes Thin Lips?
Several factors cause thin lips, the most important of which being:
Genetics and Aging
As with any other part of our body, our lips are shaped by our genetics. However, aging can affect the lips too. If you are born with thin lips, as you get older, they might become even thinner. But how?
Well, there are fat pads in our lips that make their shape. If you are born with thin lips, you already have fewer fat pads. Some of these pads are lost with age, so, if you have fewer pads to begin with, you are going to lose some more.
Sun Exposure and Smoking
Spending too much time under the sun can damage any part of your skin, including your lips. Excessive sun exposure causes collagen loss in your lips, thus making them thinner. Smoking affects your lips too. It restricts blood flow, causing wrinkles and thin lips.
How Can I Plump My Lips?
It is a good sign that you are here to know how you can have plump lips. It shows that you care about them. Here is what you could do for your lips:
Keep Them Hydrated
The best and first skincare tip for everyone is drinking water and getting enough sleep. If you drink enough water and apply hydrating products on your lips, you can be sure that they are getting enough collagen.
Reducing Smoking and Sun Exposure
Reducing smoking can have a huge effect on preventing thinning lips. Using sunscreen on your lips can also protect them from sun damage. Don’t forget that you should use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher.
Steer clear of Lip-Plumping Devices
Unfortunately, at-home lip-plumping devices like pens and suction devices do more harm than good. Studies show that these devices actually accelerate collagen breakdown instead of stimulating its production.
Go for Lip Fillers
Lip fillers are a safe solution whose effects actually last for months. All you need is an experienced, certified doctor who has a record of successful procedures.
Lip Fillers for Thin Lips
Lip fillers are actually syringes of hyaluronic acid (HA) that are injected into your lips. You might want to get a lip filler to restore the size of your lips, address asymmetrical lips, smooth wrinkles, or just boost your self-esteem.
It is worth mentioning that lip fillers are much more common than you think. Millions of people undergo this procedure every year, and it is getting more popular year by year. The great news about fillers is that they usually last 12 to 18 months, depending on your metabolism. Since hyaluronic acid is absorbed by our bodies, slower metabolism means your filler is going to last longer!
How Is It Done?
First, your doctor applies a numbing cream that usually contains benzocaine, lidocaine, or BLT. If you have a BLT allergy, let your doctor know so they give you an injection to numb the area. Then they can proceed and use a thin needle to inject HA to different parts of your lips.
Roughly 1 milliliter of HA is usually inserted in the lips and the needle won’t go any deeper than 2.5 milliliter into your skin. The whole process might take between 30 to 120 minutes, depending on how complicated it gets.
What Are the Risks of Lip Fillers?
There are risks in the application of lip fillers, but these risks can be reduced if you choose a trusted, certified doctor. These are the most common risks of lip fillers:
- Pain and bleeding in your lips;
- Discoloration or tenderness of lips;
- Asymmetry of lips;
- Lip fillers migration to other parts of the face.
In this article we briefly talked about thin lips and how they develop. We also talked about the causes and solutions and why we believe that lip fillers are the best option. All you need is an experienced, licensed doctor to walk you through the procedure. Our team at TatoyanMD Medspa creates a personalized treatment for your lip filler procedure. Contact us to set an appointment and start your treatment now!