Almost every woman would like full lips that look voluptuous, moist and dewy. Men tend to admire women with lips that appear slightly pouting and sexy. Unfortunately, many women do not naturally have those full and lush lips due to genetics. There are many common makeup “remedies” boasting to give lips volume. However, they can actually make lips look dry and chapped rather than create the sultry lines that movie stars have graced the silver screen with for decades. There are some fantastic options in cosmetic lip enhancements, or lip fillers, that give lips more volume and smooth lip wrinkles. Zenn Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC offers lip fillers. This nonsurgical procedure is also sometimes called a lip augmentation.

Lip fillers are an excellent option for many. However, it’s still super important to protect and preserve lips. This holds true whether one gets lip augmentation our not.

Here’s a few tips for all people when it comes to taking good care of your lips:

Stop Drying Out Your Lips with Cosmetics & OTC Remedies

Perhaps using a high-priced lip plumper every now and then isn’t such a crime. However, many of these OTC lip enhancers that promise to create fuller lips instantly actually contain lip drying ingredients that will make the lip issue worse with continued use. Many will include skin-irritating ingredients like hot-pepper or other spicy substances that do make the lips appear to become immediately fuller, but this is more of an irritation reaction that is not good in the long run.

Other lip balms tend to be made of waxy ingredients which again dry the delicate membranes of the outer lips especially when covered up with more lip products. Other coated products contain ingredients that might be toxic and could get into the bloodstream if a crack occurs.

Avoid Direct Sunlight on the Lip Area to Keep Lips Looking Young

One of the worst culprits that causes dry, chapped and thinner looking lips is too much harsh sunlight. Our faces are constantly exposed to the elements when outdoors, and the sun’s harmful UV rays are particularly harsh on the thinner and more delicate surface layers of the lips and the surrounding skin. This is by far the most aging skin culprit that impacts lips in a negative manner. Even winter sunlight through a car or building window can cause some of this damage.

Wearing Sunscreen Lip Protection is Essential

Along with taking the proper care of your lips and surrounding skin region, it is important to wear some type of protective sunscreen lip protection barrier. This is particularly important for aging lips.

As humans age, the collagen bands within the dermal skin layers tend to thin out and become much less elastic over time. Over exposure to sunlight and other harmful to skin elements found in the air can also hasten this natural aging process that becomes noticeable first in the lips.

Avoid Smoking – Another Common Cause of Lip Wrinkles & Thinning

If you smoke, ask about smoking cessation options. Your lips will thank you.

What Types of Cosmetic Lip Enhancement Procedures Are Available?

There are a number of effective and simple to perform lip enhancement cosmetic procedures to try. If wanting a quick fix that doesn’t require any surgery or downtime, consider injectable facial fillers available at Zenn Plastic Surgery. There are several types of FDA approved aesthetic injectables available. Each that satisfy different needs.

One huge bonus of these fillers is that they can minimize and smooth-out lip area wrinkles and soften lips too.

These fillers can help darken the outline of the lips making them appear sultry and lavish like most top beauty models have. Of course, this requires a certain amount of experience and artistic talent to create the right look that each patient wants and needs. Here at Zenn Plastic Surgery, Mary Shaver, RN is our esteemed and popular Aesthetic Nurse Specialists who is widely known for her artistic and natural lip filler results.

The most popular lip fillers include: Juvéderm® Volbella Juvéderm Ultra XC Restylane® products

These fillers similarly contain an ingredient found naturally in the body called hyaluronic acid(HA). Despite its name, this is not an acid that is caustic like what most would think. This is a naturally occurring sugar in your body that helps keep skin cells well moisturized and hydrated. This ultimately is what gives the lips that plump and full effect everyone desires.

There are several fantastic benefits of using products that contain HA. Which is found in varying degrees in injectable fillers used in cosmetic lip enhancements. Since a greater abundance of this ingredient is in younger skin and connective tissue, these benefits provide a similar more youthful effect. This makes it an excellent choice for all skin types but especially more mature skin and lips.

For a more in-depth lip volume treatment, many patients do well with a surgical procedure. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon moves fat transfer grafts to the lip area. This can be part of a more comprehensive facial surgery (facelift, eyelift, chin implant). As well this enhancement is sometimes a solo procedure. Fat grafts utilize one’s own natural fat cells from an area of excess to the face including the lips. This treatment is a consideration if the patient wants a longer lasting effect that can go beyond what lip fillers typically provide. Once fat cells survive, they are yours forever.

Discover your beautiful new signature lips for younger, healthier and fuller lips that will look amazing. Schedule your lip filler appointment today at Zenn Plastic Surgery in Raleigh, NC.

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