Address the Look of Thin Lips in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ
A beautiful smile is often attributed to lips that appear full and soft. Some people are born with the genes that provide them with the perfect pout, while others have thinner lips. Even voluminous lips, however, can lose their size and shape over time due to natural aging processes. For anyone who wants their lips to be larger and more pronounced, there are lip injections at Tucson and Oro Valley’s Ironwood Dermatology.
Many people choose to use lipstick and lip liner to highlight or "overdraw" their smile, applying the makeup every day—and sometimes multiple times a day! Lip injections can help create the look you desire, without the need for overlining as an enhancement, while patients often say they enjoy the "broader canvas" they can use for showing off a range of lip colors and shades.
Why Choose Lip Injections?
As noted above, lips may be naturally thin, or they may diminish over time. In the latter case, thinning is due to a gradual loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen is a protein responsible for giving lips their flexible structure and volume. Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that sits in a collagen framework and has a particular attraction to water molecules. By readily binding with H2O, hyaluronic acid packs the area with crucial moisture.
Unfortunately, neither collagen nor hyaluronic acid molecules are constant fixtures in the lips or elsewhere in the skin. Both molecules break down over time. This is not a problem in a person's youth, since more of the molecules are made on a regular basis, replenishing their numbers and maintaining a hydrated, healthy look.
The cycle begins to slow after a couple decades of life, however. Some volume loss may be noticed as collagen levels go down, while dwindling hyaluronic acid leads to a drying out of formerly moist and pliant tissues. The result is visible thinning and wrinkling. The problem can only get worse with environmental damage and as time goes by, until collagen and hyaluronic acid are destroyed faster than created.
How Do Lip Injections Work?
Since volume is key to noticeably full lips, lip injections work by adding volume where needed. At Ironwood Dermatology, injectors use VOLBELLA® XC and JUVEDERM® XC—dermal fillers in the JUVEDERM® line—to introduce this vital volume.
The filler has a hyaluronic acid base and comes in the form of a soft, smooth gel. When it comes to lip injections, a little goes a long way. The gel adds volume to serve as a "replacement" for the lost volume and structure the lips once had.
Effects of lip injections are temporary, but long lasting, with many patients enjoying their results for six months or up to a year. This volume naturally breaks down again over time, at which point a new round of lip injections can be scheduled to maintain their appearance.
Each session takes a matter of minutes, and expected side effects are typically mild and brief. Lip injection side effects are often seen as slight redness, tenderness, and some bruising and swelling. New volume is apparent right away, and patients should feel free to return to their regular daily schedule as soon as they are comfortable after their lip injection appointment is over. The post-injection swelling may cause the lips to appear slightly larger than expected, but this will resolve over the course of the next several days to reveal a look that is both full and natural.