When it comes to aging lips, there are three major issues we all have to inevitably contend with: dry skin, fine lines and loss of volume.
Dry skin is a fairly simple problem to deal with through drinking more water and upping your lip balm action, but fine lines and loss of plumpness are much bigger beasts.
Loss of plumpness and lines around the mouth (aka ‘lipstick lines,’ due to the way they make your lipstick bleed) are both caused by a loss of volume in the skin. This is all thanks to the degradation of collagen and elastin, which happens naturally as you age. More superficial than etched-in wrinkles, lines are also exacerbated by dehydration, impaired barrier function, lifestyle changes and environmental factors like photodamage from UV radiation. And even if you’ve never touched a cigarette in your life, repetitively pursing your lips (lovers of the ‘selfie pout,’ take note) also works to prematurely cause extra puckering and creasing around the mouth area.
At HintMD, we believe that a fully comprehensive personalized treatment plan – prescribed by your doctor and maintained on a regular basis – is the key to a more beautiful, ageless you. So, if your lips are feeling and looking less than their best, here are some of the most effective ways to return them to their former glory.
At The Doctor’s Office
Full lips have as much to do with a woman’s perceived age as a smooth, wrinkle-free pout, which is why injectable fillers such as Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Ultra XC are growing in popularity every day.
Lip fillers aim to smooth and soften lost contours, while also plumping sagging skin and sunken features. Results are only temporary, but they deliver hugely satisfying results due to the minimal side effects and very little downtime. A typical lip filler treatment takes less than 30 minutes and while the lips are more tender than other areas of the face, a topical numbing cream is often used to minimize any pain. Phew.
“Restylane Silk is great as a temporary, six-month lip filler,” explains Dr. Stephen J. Ronan, MD FACS, HintMD partner and founder of Blackhawk Plastic Surgery & MedSpa.
“Please, don’t overdo it, though,” he warns. “Nothing looks worse than a woman in her 50s with overdone lips. Instead, keep it natural-looking with small amounts of filler on a regular basis. And most importantly, keep smiling! Smiling makes the lips look infinitely better.”
A little TLC in the comfort of your own home goes a long way in getting the most out of fillers or, in fact, any treatment you may have at the doctor’s office. This is especially true if you’re in the market for medical-grade skincare that is pumped with clinically-proven ingredients, specifically targeted to work on the delicate skin on the lips.
Here are three lip-fixing treatments we’re big fans of right now…
Packed with hydrating hyaluronic aacid and powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E and silymarin (a milk thistle seed extract), this soothing lip balm helps rejuvenate and heal dry lips while also smoothing the appearance of fine lines. Apply it morning and night to help repair environmental damage and restore the look of an annoyingly aging pout.
We love this rich, nourishing lip treatment. Containing shea butter to soften and retain moisture, plus palmitoyl tripeptide-38 (a collagen-stimulating peptide to help reduce the appearance of fine lines) it offers a complete, conditioning system for the lips. It’s a must in the HintMD office.
This two-product lip treatment harnesses the power of skin-strengthening peptides, hyaluronic acid and SkinMedica’s patented TNS (a mixture of naturally-occurring human growth factors, cytokines, antioxidants and matrix proteins). While Lip Renewal works on moisturizing and firming the lip area, Lip Plumper uses benzyl nicotinate to strengthen the color of your pout, plus hydrogenated polyisobutene to smooth, hydrate and enhance shine.
Written by: Georgia Gould