Is Aging Taking A Toll On Your Lips? What Are Your Options?

Posted on: 4 April 2016

Aging is inevitable -- and, many would say, far preferable to the eternal youth provided by a premature death. However, if you've begun to notice your lips becoming thinner and drier, giving you the stern or angry expression you remember seeing on the faces of "older" adults when you were a child, you may be wondering whether there's anything you can do to at least partially regain your youthful appearance. Fortunately, advances in medical technology mean that you no longer need to accept thin lips as part of the aging process. Read on to learn more about your non-surgical lip plumping options.

Topical treatment

With luscious lips continuing to remain all the rage in pop culture, a number of pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies have developed formulations designed to temporarily redden and plump your lips. These glosses and stains include ingredients like caffeine and capsaicin (the active ingredient in chili peppers) to draw water into these cells or irritate them enough to make them temporarily swell. Topical lip plumping glosses are available at a variety of price points, allowing you to invest as much (or as little) money in this venture as you'd like. 

While these kinds of topical lip treatments won't provide any permanent plumping effects, they can be a good jumping off point to help you determine if you'd like longer lasting results or are happy with the ability to quickly give your lips a boost just before a photo or important presentation. To avoid irritation, you may want to test these glosses on a small, inconspicuous area of skin to ensure you won't have an adverse reaction that could cause your lips to plump far beyond your wishes.


For those who don't ordinarily wear makeup or who want to wake up with full lips on a daily basis, semi-permanent plumping injections could hold the key. These injectables are composed of substances the body naturally produces -- like collagen -- and therefore carry a low risk of adverse reactions. Following the initial injection in a dermatologist's or plastic surgeon's office, your lips should maintain their new size and more youthful appearance for at least three months. As time passes, your body will begin metabolize this collagen just as it does the cells in other parts of your body; when this happens, you may want to schedule a new appointment with your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist, such as at YMM Cosmetic and Laser Clinic lip injection, for some follow-up injections.