How to fix thin lips

Posted on July 26, 2022

Have you ever looked in the mirror and got annoyed by your thin lips? Did you go through your old photos and notice that your lips were plumper back then than they are now?

But don’t worry, because there’s always a solution. In this article, I will talk about thin lips, their causes, and their signs. Then, I will discuss the treatments for thinning lips.

What Causes Lips to Thin?

Collagen is a protein that your body produces naturally. It is in charge of maintaining the flexibility of your skin all throughout your body. In a gist, collagen is a framework that provides support for your skin, especially your lips.

When collagen levels decline, you’ll notice that your skin begins to droop. This is also the point at which your lips will begin to recede.

Cold weather can also cause thin lips as it makes the over lining of the lips look chapped. It can decrease lip volume as well.

One of the most common causes of lip thinning is a lack of collagen.

One of the most common causes of lip thinning is a lack of collagen.

As you age, your lips lose volume because your body produces fewer substances.

What Do Thin Lips Mean?

These substances are collagen and hyaluronic acid (HA).

In particular, HA keeps skin hydrated and plumps face features. Collagen and HA production decrease in your late 20s. Hence, your lips begin to thin in your 20s and 30s.

What Can Be Done for Naturally Thin Lips?

Using HA or collagen boosters can also increase plumpness and stiffness. Products include serums, oils, lip masks, and vitamins can also help.

However, only lip treatments like lip fillers can restore volume. Others help, but they don’t restore volume as much as skin treatments do.

If you're feeling thinner lips, non surgical procedures can help.

If you're feeling thinner lips, non surgical procedures can help.

You can fix less volumised lips as long as you got a te reputable clinic.

Can You Fix Thin Lips?

However, you can’t do this alone. You need to have an extensive consultation with a certified cosmetic doctor like me, Dr. Julian De Silva first. This lets you get the best lip treatments and other related treatments (if needed) based on your goals and medical history.

Choosing a cosmetic procedure that fits your needs and expectations is the best solution.

Thin Lips: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Here are the causes, signs, and treatments for natural thin lips and small lips.

What Causes Thinning Lips?

1. Collagen Decline

As you become older, your skin will begin to sag due to a decrease in collagen levels in your body. The older the collagen production, the thinner your lips become.

A thin and small lip size can be caused by certain consideration factors.

2. Sun Exposure

Sun exposure damages your skin, so you have to use sunscreen. This applies to your mouth as well.

Sunburns and prolonged sun exposure without protection can break down your skin and your lips will pay the price. They can result in lips breaks as well.

3. Vitamin Deficiency

Your thinning lips could be caused by a shortage of B vitamins, notably vitamin B12.

A patient taking a consultation that involves a medical history can get rid of thin lips.


1. Loss of Definition in Philtrum Columns

If the upper lip flattens and loses its curve as support for the philtrum, the columns become less defined.

2. Less Volume in the Marionette Area

Another symptom of thinning lips is less volume in the marionette area. This causes a downward slope in your mouth, flattening your lips.

3. Structure Loss

When your lips lose structure, the protruding point in the center of your upper lip that gives you a lush and young pout becomes weak.

Treatments for Thin Lips: 7 Ways to Address Thinning Lips, From the Experts

Here are the most common treatments to get fuller lips:

1. Lip Fillers or Dermal Fillers

Lip injections plump your lips, by filling them in with a gel-like substance. As a result, you get revitalised, fuller lips.

Hyaluronic acid, the main component of lip fillers, is a natural chemical in your body that lubricates joints and cartilage. It promotes hydration and fullness in your skin, making it a great lip filler.

The treatment is also known as non-surgical lip augmentation.

Thin lips may be genetically determined, but your lip area can be treated.

Thin lips may be genetically determined, but your lip area can be treated.

2. Lip Liner

A permanent lip liner treatment involves a type of gentle tattoo. The skin clinic practitioner places it on the lips to make them look fuller, more symmetrical, and more defined.

3. Botox

Botox in London can reduce fine lines around the upper lip and smoothens the mouth area, creating the appearance of smoother and more even lip area.

4. Fat Injections

Some patients prefer a natural, permanent solution. This is where fat injections come in.

During this procedure, a cosmetic doctor in a reputable skin clinic injects your own fat into your lips. Since this isn’t a filler, the results are permanent. Fat transfer is an artistic treatment in that 50-60% of fat survives long-term, it can also put through fine filters to make nano-fat for some patients.

5. Lip Lift

A classic lip lift shortens the space between the nose and upper lip to roll out the upper lip. Doing so expands the pout and displays more pink pigment.

6. Radiofrequency

Radiofrequency treatment for the lips involves applying numerous passes of the radiofrequency just over the pink area of the lip to promote collagen production and reduce fine lines and can tighten millimeters of skin.

7. Laser Therapy

Laser treatments are a less-invasive, modern option for plumping your lips. This therapy approach uses laser heat energy to promote collagen synthesis. It also hardens the skin around the lips, giving them a distinct pucker.

Only a lip treatment by a reputable clinic can save your lips from ageing.

Can You Prevent Volume Loss in the Lips?

Yes, you can prevent volume loss in your lips. However, you can’t prevent volume loss forever, because just like your facial skin, your lips age as well.

There are steps you can take to keep your lips healthy, plump, and hydrated:

  • Avoid smoking.
  • When going outside for long periods of time, use a sun-protective lip balm (SPF 30+).
  • Use a moisture-sealing lip balm if the climate is dry.
  • Keep yourself hydrated.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.

Keep Your Lips Hydrated

Dry, wrinkled lips naturally look thinner. So, keeping yourself hydrated means giving your lips a better chance to become fuller.

For one, drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Sun and dry weather can also dry out your lips, so protect them with SPF lip balm. Ointments and oils also moisten lips better than waxy stick balms.

In addition, lip moisturisers with hyaluronic acid and collagen help replace what you’ve lost.

Stay hydrated so you can maintain a fuller look.

Stay hydrated so you can maintain a fuller look.

Makeup may save you now, but only a lip fill can shape your lips to become thicker.

Consider Getting Filler

Dermal fillers improve volume, remove fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth skin. They also help replenish collagen with age.

Most fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers that bond to skin water. Fillers can replenish lost volume for six to 18 months before being absorbed by the body.

Your Next Steps

Now that you’ve read what’s on the menu thin lips, it’s time to look for a skin clinic that suits your needs.

Top skin clinics in London such as The Harley Street Filler Specialists offer safe and effective lip treatments.

Visit Dr. Julian de Silva – Book a Consultation

Looking for a reputable cosmetic doctor with over two decades of experience performing cosmetic procedures for the face? Look no more. I, Dr. Julian De Silva, am at your service. Book a consultation with me now!

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

About the Author

Dr Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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