Some people naturally have thinner lips than others. While there is nothing wrong with having thin lips, it can affect how people feel about themselves and cause them to be self-conscious about that area of their face.
What do thin lips mean?
Thin lips lack that full, plump definition and appear to have less volume than the average. Thin lips are a widespread complaint among both men and women. Many say having thin lips gives a more serious, emotionally cold look, whereas full plump lips are perceived to be more aesthetically pleasing. A lot of women have commented that having fuller lips makes them look more feminine.
Are thin lips genetic?
This is a question that is asked by a lot of people who visit our clinic. The simple answer is yes— genetics is one of the main causes of thin lips. Most people with thin lips simply inherited it from their parents. However, there are other factors to consider, but people with thin lips were often born that way.
Can smoking cause thin lips?
Outside of genetics, thin lips can be attributed to several lifestyle factors. For one, smoking is another cause of thin lips. Smoking is an unhealthy habit for many reasons, but many people don’t think about the negative impact it can have on their lips.
Smoking accelerates the skin’s aging process. The harmful toxins in tobacco smoke actually damage and break down our skin’s best friend, ‘collagen,’ which in turn reduces the elasticity and fullness of our lips. Not only this, but the repetitive physical motion of smoking a cigarette can weaken your skin’s fibers and result in wrinkles around the lips too. These are often referred to as lip lines or smoker’s lines.
Other factors that can cause thin lips include too much sun exposure and even dehydration. The lips are particularly susceptible due to their constant exposure to the elements.
Natural aging can also result in thin lips. Our lips is particularly vulnerable to aging as our bodies produce less collagen as we age.
Thin lips can cause someone to be very self-conscious. But you don’t have to worry about the appearance of your lips anymore. Here at Dr. Aesthetica, we have the perfect, quick, and pain-free lip filler treatment that will increase the definition of your lips and give you a more youthful appearance.
While Botox is great for many different treatments, it’s not what we recommend or use for thin lips treatment—Botox is usually used to tighten wrinkles. Instead, we use injectable dermal fillers as we believe they offer the best possible option for making your lips look fuller. That said, a combination of Dermal Fillers to plump the lips and Botox to smooth wrinkles around the mouth together can achieve a more youthful and neat facial profile.
Our lip filler specialist will inject Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers directly into targeted areas of the lips during a thin lip treatment. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in our bodies and is very effective at plumping thin lips for a natural-looking and fuller appearance. During your consultation, we will discuss exactly what result you are looking to achieve and how we will go about the treatment to provide your desired look.
The duration is different for every individual and can be influenced by several different factors, such as exposure to sunlight or smoking. Some patients report that the filler lasted around 12 months, with others reporting as little as 4 months. So it’s really on a case to case basis. That said, on average, lip fillers will tend to last around 6 months.
Here at Dr. Aesthetica, we complete a full medical on all patients, alongside taking professional before and after photos. The thin lip treatment is a short procedure that lasts only around 30 mins. There is no downtime with this treatment so you can get back to your everyday life immediately after. There is an option for topical anesthetic to be used; however, this is not usually needed as a very fine micro-cannula used to inject the filler. That said, we will use a numbing cream on your lips to help make the treatment more comfortable.
Bruising and swelling are rare, but it’s important to note that swelling can occur after the treatment depending on how much filler was used. But any swelling will resolve within 1-2 weeks.
There is no downtime with this treatment. There is an option for topical anaesthetic to be used, however, this is not usually needed as a micro-cannula is used which is very fine. Bruising and swelling is rare.