Do you have thin lips? Perhaps you once had full lips, but they have gotten thinner due to the natural aging process. Or maybe you have always had thin lips. Thin lips are a very common complaint for many women and can make a person look older than they actually are. Fortunately, thin lips can be made fuller with lip augmentation.
One reason lips lose volume is the progressive loss of certain substances produced by our bodies in lesser amounts as we grow older. Hyaluronic acid is considered to be one such substance that depletes gradually, leading to a loss of skin and lip volume. By injecting hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers into the lips, we are replacing the amounts of this substance lost over time by your body.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance your body produces in abundance when you are young. It has the amazing ability to attract many times its own weight in water molecules. Once it has attracted this moisture, it holds it within soft tissues.
In your skin and lips, hyaluronic acid moisturizes internally. The effect is similar to a balloon filled with water. Each individual skin cell is like a water balloon. When filled with moisture attracted and bound by hyaluronic acid, the “balloon” is full and smooth. As you lose hyaluronic acid due to aging, each skin cell loses volume and fine lines and wrinkles begin to set in. At this time, you will start noticing lines on and around your lips due to a loss of lip volume.
The most popular types of dermal fillers used for lip augmentation contain hyaluronic acid, since it is a known attractor of moisture. Another reason it is used frequently to add volume to lips is that hyaluronic acid is a natural substance recognized by your body, making it far safer than other ingredients and less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
Other Options for Lip Augmentation
While dermal fillers are a great method to use for lip augmentation, people seeking more permanent results may want to consider fat grafting and VY Plasty. These are surgical procedures that can also add volume to the lips, making them fuller.
Whether you have lost lip volume with age or you have always had naturally thin lips, make an appointment at Clinique of Plastic Surgery & Laser Institute in St. Petersburg to learn more about lip augmentation. Our team can assess your lips and help you determine which method of lip augmentation is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.