Fifty years ago, thinner lips dominated the beauty scene. Nowadays, however, plump, full-looking lips are considered an integral part of facial beauty. As we age, our lips naturally become thinner as the natural collagen begins to break down. This can cause asymmetry and the corners of the mouth to turn downwards giving the appearance of frowning. The upper lip notoriously makes us look drastically older as it thins and lengthens increasing the distance from the tip of the nose to the upper lip.
Thin lips can be linked to hereditary, repeated pursing or puckering of lips, and poor hydration. Environmental factors also play a role. Tanning or log sun exposure as well as smoking can increase thinning and wrinkling of lips. Taking care of your lips is as important as a proper skin care regiment for maintaining a youthful appearance
Several treatments are currently available to restore healthy, full lips in a wide variety of patients. A lip lift or lip augmentation can increase the volume and fullness of the lips and give a more attractive contour and natural pout. Non-surgical options include using fillers to give more definition to the lips, increasing volume and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Juvedern, Perlane and Radiesse are injectable fillers which increase the fullness of the lips for a period of time before returning to their original condition. Permanent lip fillers such as PermaLip permanent lip implant can be used to permanently increase lip fullness. A corner lip lift can be performed to correct the corners of the mouth drawing them upwards to prevent perceived frowning as well as correct any asymmetry.