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What’s Causing My Lips to Look Thin and Lackluster?

What’s Causing My Lips to Look Thin and Lackluster?

Your lips reach their full thickness at about the age of 16. From then on, it’s a bit of a downhill run. Like other parts of your face, your lips gain their shape from pads of fat beneath the skin. From the time those fat pads reach their full size, they begin breaking down. 

At McDowell Mountain Gynecology, we offer beauty services through our medical spa She She Renew in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Rachel Spieldoch, MD, and Jennifer Kolle, PA-C, along with their highly trained staff of professionals, provide numerous services to enhance your beauty, including injectables, fillers, and neuromodulators. 

Your lips and the weather

Yes, you read that right: The weather certainly affects the appearance of your lips. Just like the rest of your face, your lips are exposed to sun, wind, and cold, and the effect of those environmental conditions impacts your appearance. 

Sun damage increases the rate at which the fat pads break down, changing the shape of your lips. Wind and cold are drying, and frequently chapped and dry lips age quicker than necessary. 

Lips are fragile

Your lips have two main parts, the mucosal lip and the cutaneous lip. The mucosal lip contains many tiny blood vessels called capillaries. It’s also very thin, compared to other parts of your skin. That thinness combined with the numerous capillaries is the reason your lips are a different color than the surrounding skin. 

As you might imagine, the extra thin skin on your lips is very fragile, which is why you get chapped lips. 

Hydration matters

As you get older, your skin, including your lips, tends to lose moisture. That drying can make your lips look duller and less vibrant, which is one of the main reasons people notice a change in their lip color as they age. 

The collagen factor

The fat pads beneath your skin that give your lips their shape are supported by tissue called collagen. As you get older, your body produces less collagen, and that contributes to thinning lips. 

What you can do

There are several things you can do, starting now, to help slow down how quickly your lips age. You probably already use moisturizer and sun protection on the rest of your skin, but do you neglect your lips? 

If you smoke, that can both inhibit collagen production and cause increased wrinkles around your lips. There are many reasons to quit smoking, including preserving your perfect pout. 

It’s nearly impossible to overstate the importance of drinking enough water and getting enough sleep. Both nourish your lips and allow them to heal. 

Consider a lip filler

At She She Renew, we take the time to understand your goals, as well as your medical history. Our training and expertise mean that you get precise care and the beautiful smile you want. 

If you just aren’t happy with the appearance of your lips, schedule a consultation. We may be able to help you get the look you want with fillers. If you are thinking about fillers, see an expert to get the best care.

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