Why Are My Lips So Thin?

Apr 02, 2024
Your lips are a key element of your facial aesthetics, and if you’re frustrated by flat, thinning lips, you’re not alone. Learn why lips get thin — and find out how hyaluronic acid fillers can boost volume and give you the full pout you want.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered, "Why are my lips so thin?" You’re not alone. From professional models to your favorite social media influencers, it seems like everyone loves touting full pouts these days.

Your lips are integral to your overall facial aesthetics. And while plump, full lips are associated with youth and vitality, thin lips can leave you feeling self-conscious about your look. It’s a common concern, and the good news is that you don’t have to just live with it.

Our team at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center specializes in cosmetic dermatology, and we offer dermal fillers to fight thinning lips and boost your confidence. So what exactly determines the plumpness of your lips, and why do they tend to thin out over time? Here’s what you need to know.

The science behind the shape of your lips

The plumpness of your lips is largely determined by genetics and collagen levels. Collagen is a protein that gives your skin structure and support, and that includes your lips.

When you’re young, your body naturally produces an abundance of collagen, which helps your lips look full and firm. Plus, natural hyaluronic acid production helps maintain lip hydration and volume.

Why lips get thin

Unfortunately, your skin changes with age. Collagen and hyaluronic acid production decline as you get older, and many people notice a loss of volume and firmness in their lips. Lips often get thinner and flatter, and the lip contours you once had start to vanish.

Factors like sun exposure, smoking, and repetitive facial movements can also accelerate collagen breakdown, which exacerbates the thinning process.

Plump your lips and boost your confidence with dermal fillers

If you’re embarrassed by the look of your lips, you have options. Dermal fillers like Juvéderm® XC and Restylane® are a popular treatment, because they’re a safe, nonsurgical solution to add volume and shape to your lips.

Juvéderm XC and Restylane both contain synthetic hyaluronic acid, which works just like the hyaluronic acid that your body naturally makes. When injected into your lips, these fillers plump up your lips, enhance lip contours, and define your appearance.

Fillers are highly customizable, and our team is trained in the latest injection techniques to give our patients their best possible results. We start by examining your face, asking questions about your aesthetic goals, and developing a personalized treatment plan that fits your individual lip anatomy.

Whether you want a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation, we can tailor treatment to your personal preferences. We do the injections in our office, and there’s no downtime required. Results are immediate, making fillers a convenient and effective lip enhancement solution.

So if you’re wondering what fuller lips could do for your face and your confidence, it’s time to find out. Schedule a dermal filler consultation with our team at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center to get an aesthetic treatment plan customized for you. Call our Teaneck, New Jersey, office at 201-836-9696 or book an appointment online now.