As we age, our aesthetic concerns often shift from seeking alterations to our appearances to restoring what time has lost. A leading concern among women over 40 that we see in our office is lip rejuvenation, which can be done in several different ways. If you’re concerned that your lips don’t look as good as they did when you were younger, chances are that we have a solution that’s right for you based on your specific concerns and goals.
Lip fillers are commonly used for younger people to augment the size of their natural lips to achieve a more ideal pout, but there’s no fixed age limit to when fillers stop helping improve the appearance of the lips. For people over the age of 40, this commonly is used to rejuvenate, smooth out, or help define the lips for a more youthful appearance. So while the formulas and goals of treatment may change, many people of all ages benefit from lip fillers.
Because lip procedures are precise and specific, our physicians encourage people with lip concerns to think through what their goals are from a treatment. Do you want your lips to look like they did when you were younger? Are you looking for a fuller appearance? Do you want your lips to project more? Are you concerned about lip wrinkles? The answers you give to these questions determine what kind of treatment we will recommend, based on your anatomy and aging signs. Some common solutions involve lip fillers, laser resurfacing, or even topical lip balms.
If you’re wondering whether you’re too old for lip fillers, think about the specific concerns you have. Our cosmetic physicians have a huge variety of state-of-the-art treatments besides dermal fillers to help address your lip concerns.
Lip fillers can be a good way to address wrinkles on the lips themselves and sometimes the skin around the lips. If the lines are deep or have been there for a while, we may recommend a more intense treatment like a CO2 laser or a thread lift, but Botox and fillers can help with simple lines.
As you age, the border between the red skin of your lips and the white roll above your upper lip becomes less distinct, which can make it hard to keep lipstick from blurring that line. With careful injection of supportive filler, we can treat the signs of aging, improve the shape and contour, and restore a definitive lip border for a more youthful look.
Volume loss occurs throughout the face and the lips are no exception to this sign of aging. After you reach 40, volume loss tends to become a bigger issue for the appearance of the lips for several reasons. The first is the loss of volumizing and hydrating hyaluronic acid that many of our fillers are made up of. The second is the loss of structure in the surrounding skin. As the white roll above the lip loses volume, it doesn’t support the lips as well, so one thing our cosmetic physicians do is check all around the lips for which specific areas need the support and volume boost that lip fillers provide. During a consultation, we go over all the different options and approaches that could work for you, then create a plan based on your goals and expectations.