Yes, as we age, our lips shrink. They lose their plumpness, becoming both thinner and longer. Why does this happen? Straight and simple, the cause is related to the aging process. As the rest of our body feels the effects of hormone changes so do our lips. Though more prevalent in women, men also experience shrinking lips.
Typically, between our late teens and early twenties, our hormonal levels increase, adding plumpness to our lips. However, like anything else all good lips must come to an end and after hitting peak levels our hormones start to decrease and our lips become longer and thinner resulting in a deflated droopy appearance.
As you may have figured out from the media, a remedy for this lip shrinking phenomena is dermal filler injections. However, what the media and many inexperienced injectors usually ignore is effective treatment is a complete approach. Effective treatment of shrinking lips requires addressing two separate issues, the plumpness of the lips and the shape of the mouth area around the lips. The most effective method to restore lip plumpness is Hyaluronic acid (HA) cosmetic fillers like Restylane or Juvederm injected directly into the lips to restore their plumpness. HA fillers are the most effective fillers for lip plumping because they are gels that hold water giving the appearance of fuller plump lips.
For the most natural looking results, the overall shape of the mouth must be addressed through the treatment of the surrounding areas. If the lips are plump but the areas around the mouth are hollow then the lip filler treatment can look obvious and unnatural. The exact lines requiring treatment are the ones from the nose to the corner of the mouth, the nasolabial folds, and the ones below the corners of the mouth, marionette lines. Injecting fillers into these areas restores support and the natural shape and appearance of the entire mouth area.
Bottom line, when reversing the lip shrinking syndrome make sure filling the areas around the mouth are of equal importance to plumping your lips. For the best results work with a physician whose practice is dedicated to injectables on a full-time basis. At Verve I have dedicated my practice to cosmetic injectables for the past 20 years, schedule a consultation or treatment today and I will work with you to restore your natural glow
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