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Thin Lips

Many of us have at least one thing about our appearance we wish we could change. For a great deal of us, that one thing is our thin lips. Genetics play a big role in lip size and shape. Some of us are born with thin lips naturally while the majority of us tend to simply lose volume over time.

The good news is that there is a range of great preventative and corrective solutions to restore fullness and provide a more youthful appearance to the lips and surrounding area. On a regular basis, make a conscious effort to stay hydrated and ensure your diet is high in Vitamin C and protein. You should also make sure your lips stay hydrated externally by applying your choice of lip ointment. As well as ensure you are protecting the delicate lip area with an SPF, as UV rays contribute to the breakdown of collagen. Corrective medical options include injectable treatments such as Dermal Fillers and are the recommended treatment for thin lips. Lip Augmentation can provide an instant subtle plumping of the lips as well as a smoothing effect on the entire lip area.

 

Before & After Photos

Frequently asked questions

The reason your lips start to thin with age is due to a natural decline in collagen and hyaluronic acid, which keeps your lips plump and moist from the inside out. You generally start to notice the decline start to happen in your late 20s and early 30s, or possibly earlier if you had thin lips to start with. Some lifestyle choices can also be to blame for lip thinning such as puckering your lips and drinking out of straws. Frequently drinking out of straws can cause fine lines to appear around the lip area over time and will also speed up the breakdown of collagen in your lips causing them to appear smaller and more wrinkled. Another common cause of the appearance of thinner lips, dehydration.

 

Lips get their shape to some extent from collagen – the main structural protein in human connective tissue. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and the substance that essentially holds the body together.

Collagen production begins decreasing at the age of approximately 20 at the rate of 1% less collagen produced in the dermis (skin) every year. Ultraviolet light (sunlight) exposure and other environmental factors can also cause significant loss of collagen and elastin in the lips, and in the skin overall. Factors in addition to aging that can cause collagen damage and reduce lip volume include:

  • High sugar consumption
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to sunlight
  • Auto-immune disorders

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Teosyal & RHA are some of the most commonly used fillers used to create fuller lips. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar that gives the skin its natural elasticity and volume.

Just as with collagen, our body’s natural store of hyaluronic acid decreases over time, and our skin begins to lose its volume. With lip augmentation, an ultra-fine needle is used to inject the material back into the lips and along the edge of the lips to make them appear fuller, plumper, and more prominent.

Although the results of lip augmentation with dermal fillers are not permanent, they are long lasting and you can expect your lips to retain their newfound beauty and volume for as long as 6 to 12 months. Additionally, a variety of injectable options are available for you and your expert aesthetician to chose from. Some of our most popular dermal fillers for lip augmentation are:

  • JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC: JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is a hyaluronic acid-based injectable filler. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring and biocompatible sugar that ensures skin elasticity, making your skin look smooth, voluminous, and supple. The hyaluronic gel is injected into your skin to supplement your body’s natural hyaluronic acid supplies, which may have depleted because of age and external factors. JUVÉDERM Ultra XC is used to add volume to the lips for up to a year.
  • JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC: JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is one of the latest hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, used specifically to smoothen the appearance of vertical lines on the upper lips. The hyaluronic acid supplements your body’s depleting supplies, making your lips appear voluminous, smooth, and supple. The results last for up to 12 months, depending on how fast your body metabolizes the hyaluronic acid.
  • RESTYLANE®: Restylane® is a clear gel dermal filler designed to supplement your body’s naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid. As the hyaluronic acid degrades, its molecules bind water to ensure your lips appear hydrated and voluminous, filling out the vertical lines on the upper lips. Restylane results last for up to 6 months in the lips.

It is natural for your lips to appear swollen for a short while after receiving lip injections of hyaluronic acid. The swelling is temporary and subsides within a few hours or days.

 

Patients will be able to return to their normal activities right after a lip augmentation. Short term side effects, which typically diminish within a day, include some swelling or bruising, tenderness and slight pain or itchiness at injection sites. Gently applying an ice pack will help to ease these side effects.

 

Lip augmentation is becoming more popular every year. News reports that it is the fastest growing cosmetic procedure in the U.S. The number of lip enhancements procedures performed has increased by 50% since 2000, with another 5% jump in 2015.

The popularity of lip enhancement with injectable fillers can be explained by its important benefits:

  • Simple, gradual treatment: The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and generally takes less than an hour to complete. One treatment only is usually sufficient to produce the desired results.
  • Less bruising and swelling: As compared to lip implants, augmentation with injectable fillers will cause fewer side effects and leave the patient with less bruising and swelling. This is a minimally invasive procedure, with less risk of infection or complications.
  • Less downtime: After lip augmentation with injectable fillers, you can expect to return to your normal activities almost immediately. You can expect some swelling after the procedure, which will subside in a few hours to a few days time.
  • Visible results right away: It doesn’t take long for the swelling to subside, and you will be able to see the beautiful results of your procedure – fuller, poutier, younger-looking lips.
  • Long-lasting results: How long the effects will last is determined by several factors, including the patient’s anatomy. Generally, lip augmentation with hyaluronic fillers lasts approximately six months.
  • Reversible treatment: If for any reason, you are unhappy with the appearance of your lip enhancement, you have the option to change your mind. Lip augmentation with injectable fillers is reversible with a product that dissolves the filler.

Every year, thousands of women and men have lip enhancement procedures, and most of them are very satisfied with their results. Plump, full lips are a sign of beauty, youth and good health. You may be a good candidate for lip augmentation if:

  • Your lips have become less full and thinner with age.
  • You have always had thin lips.
  • Fuller lips would add balance to your face.
  • You feel self-conscious about the appearance of your lips.

Lip augmentation lasts from several months to a full year, depending on the type of filler used as well as the location of the treated area. Over time, as your body absorbs the natural solutions used in the fillers, a touch up may be required to restore volume. The more fluid a filler is, the more malleable it becomes.

A more fluid filler is advised for treating areas such as under the eyes. In this context, a filler may only last between 12 to 14 months. Lip fillers often also last between 12 to 14 months, while fillers for revolumising the cheek as well as jawline contouring will often last two years or longer.

 

A conservative to moderate lip augment can be done in one treatment. More voluminous and pronounced lips may require a second treatment.

Our professional, experienced injectors make the need for reversals very rare, but, yes, results can be easily reversed using a solution that counteracts and dissolves the filler almost immediately.

Dermal fillers can address key areas of skin ageing. These include:

1. The nasolabial lines

These are the lines that run from the nose to the corners of your mouth. Over time these lines deepen and add to the aged and tired look.

2. Tear troughs

Over time fat loss in this area would account for deep tear troughs and dark circles.

3. Cheek bones

Time takes its toll with fat loss in this area as well as an overall decrease in bone density. Dermal fillers can replace lost fat and bone creating a higher cheek profile.

4. The marionette lines

These lines run from the corners of the mouth downwards. Using fillers in strategic locations can help diminish these lines and decrease the ‘sad and tired look.

5. Chin and jawline contouring

Dermal fillers are excellent for contouring the chin area. For the female chin, this is tapered at the line drawn from your nasal (nose) edge. Having a tapered chin softens the overall features of your face and creates a more triangular look

6. Brow volumization and eye opening

This is an advanced procedure and is conducted by only the most experienced specialists. Volumizing the eye area, as well as the brow, can help open up the eyes. As you age, you will notice that shadows appear around the temple areas. This is due to loss of fat. If you put gentle pressure around the temple area you will notice that you will get an opening of the eyes and an elevation of the brows.

7. Correction of nose lumps and bumps

Once again, this is an advanced technique to remodel the nose and is also known as dermal filler rhinoplasty.

Absolutely. Remember, it is the balance between texture, tone and volume, which gives you the best and most harmonious result. Certainly, by relaxing muscles that create tension, the addition of fillers can augment facial harmony.

Fillers can also be combined with lasers, however, we follow the Specialist guidelines for fillers and do not perform this procedure on the same day. Some non-specialist clinics will provide treatments all on the same day, however the risk of infection is dramatically increased if skin is breached with laser treatments. Our motto is always ‘safety first.’

As with all medical treatments, there are risks associated with this procedure. The risks are minimised by correct specialist training, top quality brand named dermal fillers, as well as our advanced technique and knowledge of facial anatomy. The risk of infection is extremely low. Blood vessel or intravascular injection risk is less than 0.01% and is reversible in most cases.

 

At LSG we use various brands depending on area treated. For cheek structure and volume, we often use a filler made by Allergan. This filler is one of the best dermal fillers for the cheeks and can last for 2 years. We also use Allergan fillers for the lips, temples and brows. 

We use the best fillers on the market, but our biggest point of difference is the specialists behind the filler. LSG only engages nurses of the highest caliber to perform this procedure. This ensures that patients will achieve natural-looking results and that the procedure is done in a safe and medically controlled environment. Fillers by experienced specialist nurses start at $500 per area.

Fillers consist of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance naturally found in your skin. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance that has a molecular makeup identical to that of sugar molecules. This gel-like substance is found between the scaffolding of collagen and elastin. Over time, a decrease in the scaffolding and (most importantly) the gel namely hyaluronic acid can be seen in our skin. Dermal fillers are a synthetic variant of hyaluronic acid.

Botox lip flips are a quick, nonsurgical cosmetic procedure during which a medical professional uses a small amount of Botox to make your upper lip look fuller.

A lip flip is a quick, in-office cosmetic procedure that lasts about 10 to 20 minutes. It involves the injection of Botox into your Cupid’s bow, which is the middle of your upper lip, and into the corners of your mouth.

The injection temporarily relaxes the muscles around your lip. This causes the part of your upper lip that’s inside your mouth to “flip” upward and outward, giving your lip a fuller appearance.

Methods we use to treat

The active ingredient in the Filler family of products is hyaluronic acid. The flexibility, texture, and resilience of youthful skin exist because of the high amount of water it contains. Also known as hyaluronan, hyaluronic acid is a sticky substance that our body naturally produces. The skin, eyes, and connective tissue are the sites where maximum amounts of hyaluronic acid are found. Its capacity to retain water up to almost a thousand times its weight is the key reason why it is used in cosmetic fillers. Apart from hydration, hyaluronic acid is also linked to tissue repair, rejuvenation, and has anti-inflammatory action. Hyaluronic acid also facilitates new cell growth and promotes tightness and volume of the skin.
Perk Lip Pumping Treatment uses peony extract, peppermint, aloe and vitamin E to exfoliate, hydrate, smoothen, plump and conditions your lips. This treatment locks in moisture to reveal a perfect glow. Included with our service is a take-home lip serum to last until your next treatment. Perk’s Hydrating home serum will keep locking in moisture to maintain lip hydration until your next visit.
To treat the lips, and equally as important, the surrounding skin, we offer a non-invasive, non-surgical laser treatment. Our Fotona LipLase is a revolutionary lip plumping treatment that can increase the size of the lips and subsequently tighten the skin surrounding the lips. Thermally induced laser energy heats the tissue, stimulating the production of collagen and lifting the lips to expose more volume. After laser lip plumping, patients may feel heat on the lips and around the mouth area, which will subside within an hour or so.

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