There are few things more coveted than youthful-looking, smooth and full lips. Whether it’s because of age or genetics, if you’re less than pleased with your pout, you don’t have to resign yourself to it or waste money on different shades of lipstick and liners in an attempt to mask your dwindling lip volume. There are innovative solutions that can give you a fuller, natural-looking set of lips without surgery. Call Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY to discuss your options for lip enhancement.
What Causes Thinning Lips?
The simplest answer is genetics. Not everybody is born with a voluminous pout and may have disproportionately smaller, deflated lips that don’t enhance their appearance. The majority of gradually thinning lips are caused by the breakdown in the production of collagen that comes with age. Think of collagen as being responsible for maintaining a solid structure under all of our skin, including the lips. Collagen pairs with a natural sugar our bodies produce, hyaluronic acid, that keeps our skin hydrated and supple.
These two heavy hitters kept our lips plump and pleasing to the eye, free of vertical lines and smooth to the touch. Over the years, beginning in our twenties, our production of collagen and hyaluronic acid decline. If you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun without proper sunscreen, or if you’ve smoked, your production is further compromised.
The aging process stops for no one and nothing, including your daily regimen of skincare. Sure, it may stave off fine lines and wrinkles longer than if you didn’t care for your skin at all, but the volume loss to your lips? That’s just going to happen. Eventually, your lips can become down-turned or resemble two straight lines; both looks that can cause you to appear unhappy, sad or angry even when you’re not. So, what can be done?
Lip enhancement is a non-surgical, minimally invasive way to recapture lost volume or give you the volume you’ve always dreamed of. Dermal fillers can restore a smoother and softer skin and give you more volume. You’ll enjoy immediate results, and there is no downtime. The dermal fillers of today are made with a synthetic form of the hyaluronic acid our bodies already produce, so results are natural.
These dermal fillers are FDA approved to temporarily restore lost volume to the lips and fill in the vertical lines surrounding them. It used to be that the best solution was to get surgical silicone implants, but now, these fillers offer softer, natural results that can be tailor-made to get you specific results on the spot. The gel-like fillers are designed to feel smooth and natural once injected so you won’t be left with a hard or jarring result.
Your doctor can manipulate the filler to reverse down-turned corners of the mouth, instantly making you look happier and more rested. Whatever your concerns with your mouth and lips, your doctor can provide a solution for a total lip enhancement session.
What to Expect
Once you and your doctor have decided on the perfect lip enhancement course of treatment for you, there won’t be any preparation necessary on your part. You may be given instructions to consider holding off on taking supplements like vitamin E or fish oil or over-the-counter medications like naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin because these are all blood-thinners and may add to the small likelihood of bruising.
On the day of the treatment, a numbing agent will be placed on the area to be treated and given time to sufficiently numb the area so you experience complete comfort. During treatment, your doctor will make small injections, like an artist, to achieve the look perfect for your face and expectations. As they go along, you’ll be able to see their progress, so you can ask for small adjustments if you want them or they can recommend certain tweaks to the plan based on your body’s response to the filler.
After treatment, you will walk out of the office and be able to return to your normal daily activities. This treatment is so easy and efficient that many clients choose to get this done during their workday and immediately return to work when their appointment is over.
Millions of people choose this lip enhancement treatment because it offers immediate, natural-looking and long-lasting results. You can monitor your results during your session and sign off on the beautiful results before leaving the office. You’ll notice people will ask if you’ve gotten better sleep, just gotten your hair done or just walked out of the spa. They’ll see a more attractive appearance, but the results aren’t so extreme that the spotlight will be on your lips—it will just be on you.
Depending on the filler chosen and the areas you have treated, results can last up to a year, maybe more. Over time, the hyaluronic acid will be gradually absorbed by your body. The best way to keep your results consistent and seamless is to follow your doctor’s recommendation for maintenance appointments. These follow-ups will require less filler to be used and eliminate the change in your appearance that could come from waiting until your lips deflate before enhancing them again.
You’ll find you’re able to wear your favorite lipsticks and glosses again without the feathering and bleeding that happens when lips thin and vertical lines plague them. You’ll be able to experiment with bolder and trendier colors without the fear of an embarrassing running of the product. Clients report they’re more comfortable having their smiling pictures taken and having close conversations and are more confident in their appearance overall.
Lips as a Centerpiece
We may not realize the importance of our lips in how people view us and how we view ourselves. Since the ability to enhance our lips began gaining popularity, several studies have been done to understand why this is so important to us. One reason is our eye’s understanding of attractiveness. Our eye is naturally drawn to symmetrical and even proportions. When our lips are thin, they become out of proportion with the rest of our face and may make us feel more self-conscious or less attractive.
Sometimes, lips also represent sexuality. We use lips to kiss, flirt, draw attention to the words we’re saying and smile. Fuller, upturned and proportionate lips can help us feel more attractive and convey that to our partners or potential partners. You’ll often hear people say the first thing that attracted them to their significant other was their smile, and your lips are a big part of that.
Dermal fillers aren’t only used for lip enhancement. There are many kinds on the market, and each is designed to provide a different result. As we age, collagen loss will diminish the structure of our skin and the tissue underneath, creating little voids and areas of lost volume. Wherever those pockets are, our skin will fall to fill them in, creating wrinkles and hollows in the face.
When used in this way, dermal fillers can provide dramatic and long-lasting results, leaving clients looking as young and good as they feel. If you’re bothered or self-conscious about moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds or areas of lost volume on your face, dermal fillers may be the right solution to restore a youthful structure and provide natural-looking results.
Dermal fillers can offer many clients the results they’re looking for, addressing a wide variety of concerns. You and your doctor can decide which filler will be the right one to address:
- Moderate-to-severe facial lines and wrinkles
- Nasolabial folds—the deep smile lines from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Acne scars
- Cheek depressions
- Marionette lines from the corners of the mouth down the chin
- Frown lines between the eyebrows
- Vertical smoker’s lines on the mouth
- Worry lines across the forehead
- Crow’s feet at the corner of the eyes
- Traumatic scars
- Deep tear troughs under the eyes
Just like with lip enhancement, these injectables require no downtime and are in-office treatments that can be done quickly, allowing you to get back to your normal routine.
Other Rejuvenating Treatments
Once you and your doctor have decided on the right treatment plan, you may want to consider other treatments to give your looks a boost of vitality and recapture more of your youthful appearance.
Just below your newly perfected pout is your jawline and what we all hope for—a defined profile. Even those who are committed to a healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine can suffer from submental fat, or what’s commonly known as a double chin. There are several factors that can cause this exercise and diet-resistant pocket of fat:
- Genetics—if members of your family suffer from a double chin, you’re more likely to develop one
- Age—as time passes, fat and skin can shift and gravitate downward, settling below the chin
- Posture—a lot of time hunched over smartphones, tablets and laptops will increase a double chin
- Weight—even if you’ve lost the extra weight, the submental fat may remain
How Does Kybella Work?
Kybella is a non-surgical solution for destroying submental fat and the appearance of a double chin. Kybella’s active ingredient is a synthetic deoxycholic acid—a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of dietary fats. When your doctor injects Kybella into the fat under your chin, it attaches to the fat cells, destroying them.
Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are metabolized by the body and can no longer store or accumulate fat. The results are gradual and may require several sessions, spaced at least one month apart. Once a client has finished with their course of treatments, the result is a more defined, youthful and sculpted jawline.
Kybella is a good choice for someone not yet ready for surgical intervention and the downtime associated with it. While the results won’t mimic those of a neck lift, Kybella can significantly improve the profile of adults struggling with a double chin. Once the fat cells are destroyed, there is no need for follow-up sessions as long as the client maintains a stable weight.
Schedule a Consultation
If the aging process is changing the shape of your lips or causing you to feel any other areas of discomfort in your appearance, you can take corrective action. Call the office of Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY for a free consultation. We are committed to getting to know you as a whole person so we can help you look and feel your absolute best.