Full, plump lips have become an enviable facial feature in society. If your lips are very thin, you may find yourself pining away in front of the mirror, wondering how you can achieve the plump-lipped look of celebrities. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to get plumper, fuller lips. Here's a look.
You've likely heard of Botox injections as they are one of the most popular options for adding volume to lines and wrinkles seen on older skin. But while Botox is most often used for wrinkles, it can also be used to plump up thinner lips. It's often a good choice if your lips have thinned due to aging and sagging in the skin above your lip.
Botox injections contain a toxin made by Botulinum bacteria. When injected under the skin, it paralyzes muscles in the relaxed state, which makes them appear larger and smoother. This makes your lips look more taut and voluminous. Botox has been around for decades and is very safe. You may have some minor soreness and swelling for a day or two after your injection, but it's nothing that can't be managed with cold compresses and a dose of ibuprofen.
For lips that have been anatomically thin for your whole life, you may want to look into dermal fillers. These are substances that are injected beneath the skin to give it more volume. Often, they contain collagen or hyaluronic acid, both of which take up space beneath the skin. The results are typically quite natural looking once the initial post-injection swelling subsides.
Different types of filler injections have different risks, so your doctor will work with you to select the one that's the safest and most effective for you. Depending on the injection you choose, you may need repeat treatments anywhere from every few months to once a year.
If you want really dramatic results, you can undergo a process called fat augmentation. This is a surgical procedure during which fatty tissue is removed from another area of your body, such as your abdomen or buttocks, and injected into your lips. There is some pain involved, but since the instruments used are quite small, you can generally remain awake during the procedure and just undergo local anesthesia to numb your lips and the area from which fat is removed.
To learn more about these and other lip plumping options, speak to a dermatologist in your area.