Your lips are one of the most prominent features on your face. Because of this, seemingly small issues such as a lack of volume, poor definition, or asymmetry can have a big impact on your overall appearance. Learn more about the causes behind these unwanted cosmetic issues, as well as effective in-office and at-home solutions.
Dr. Shaun Patel is an experienced physician and sought-after injector who can help you achieve full, natural-looking lips. Call 786-618-5039 to schedule your individualized consultation today. At Miami Skin and Vein, we serve patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.
Age-Related Lip Concerns
Lips are not immune to the visible signs of aging. Just like your skin, your lips experience a natural decline in beneficial collagen and hyaluronic acid production. As a result, you may start to notice undesirable aesthetic changes. Other factors, such as smoking and sun damage, can further impact the appearance of your pout.
Common age-related lip concerns include:
- Volume loss
- Lack of hydration
- Fine “lipstick” lines
- A flattened or undefined lip border
- An elongated shape
Typically, treatments for aging lips involve restoring what you’ve lost. The goal is to replenish volume and bring back definition — all while keeping the lips looking natural.
Common Lip Issues in Younger Patients
If you are a younger patient, you likely aren’t concerned about treating aging lips yet. Instead, you want to enhance your natural pout, making it more plump and supple. Additionally, you may have been born with an aesthetic concern that you want to correct.
Younger patients often want to address lip imperfections such as:
- Lack of fullness
- Poor lip definition
Improving The Appearance of Your Lips with Cosmetic Injectables
If you want an effective, proven way to enhance the appearance of your lips, consider cosmetic injectables. These simple and quick in-office treatments can correct many lip imperfections. They are ideal for both younger and more mature patients.
Injectables are versatile and have the ability to:
- Add or restore lip volume
- Correct lip asymmetry
- Smooth away lines and wrinkles around the mouth
- Shape and define the lip border
During your in-office consultation, Dr. Patel will select the appropriate lip filler or other injectable for you. You may benefit from options such as Restylane, particularly Restylane Kysse. Restylane Kysse is a new dermal filler that adds natural-looking volume and maintains normal expressions. Alternatively, Dr. Patel may recommend a "lip flip" procedure using BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport.
At-Home Ways to Stop Lips from Thinning
In addition to in-office treatments, there are things that you can do at home to stop your lips from thinning and showing other signs of age. Dr. Patel will happily give you personalized recommendations during your consultation. Meanwhile, the following tips are a great place to start.
Arguably, the best thing that you can do for your lips is to apply a balm that contains SPF. Sun damage is known for accelerating the visible signs of aging, and your lips are not immune to that damage. People often overlook this delicate area every day when they apply sun protection.
On top of applying SPF, it’s crucial to keep your lips hydrated. You can do this by drinking water, which hydrates lips from within. For an added surge of moisture, try applying a nourishing oil or other product that’s designed to hydrate lips externally.
Learn More About Treating Thin Lips in Miami
Dr. Patel can help you achieve your goals for your lips. Whether you want to enhance your natural pout or turn back the hands of time, he can match you with a safe and effective treatment.
Call 786-618-5039 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel. Miami Skin and Vein serves Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.