Why Lips Thin As We Age?

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thin lips (2) Typically, there are ways to address signs of aging. There are creams for wrinkles, ointments for dark circles, and even hair masks for thinning follicles. Yet, what widespread solution is there for thinning lips? As we age, our lips can thin or change in appearance. Read on to discover why our lips thin as we get older, and ways to restore lip volume.

Why Do Lips Get Thinner as We Age? 

For the same reason your skin may sag or wrinkle, thin lips are caused by a decrease in production of the structural protein, collagen.

Collagen not only informs the strength of skin but also can give it its plump appearance. A loss of collagen results in a loss of lip volume. Lips are made of both fat layers and muscle layers. Though, unlike other areas of the body, weight loss will not affect the size of your lips, and toning exercises, like face yoga, will not increase their volume.

Aside from certain infections and diseases, the size of your lips is dictated by genetics. Though there are some things you can do to help the appearance of their size and to delay the thinning process.

What To Do About Thinning Lips? 

Though aging is inevitable, there are some things you can do to stave off signs of aging and help achieve a fuller lip look.

Take Collagen Supplements

As lip thinning is caused by a slowed-down production of collagen, collagen supplements may be able to help with that production.

Wear Lip Balm With Sunscreen

As UV damage can damage the skin, the harmful rays from the sun can also negatively impact your lips. Because the skin on your lips is thinner, they are in fact more susceptible to sun-exposure damage which can lead to poor circulation which can directly cause low collagen production.

Note that you should only wear lip balms with an SPF of 30 or higher rather than applying sunscreen directly onto your mouth.


Hydration is key for the whole body, but when it comes to lips looking fuller, hydration is imperative. Though lip balms may help provide relief, they actually cannot rehydrate lips. There’s no cosmetic substitute for a glass of water.

Facial exercises

study found that 20 weeks of consistent facial exercises showed moderate decreases in signs of aging. However, even the researchers admitted these results may not be reflective of a genuine mechanism. Facial exercises may not hurt ], but they may also not deliver the same results as professional treatment.

Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic dermal fillers may be the only solution that can verifiably increase lip volume. While the other methods listed here can help minimize signs of aging, dermal fillers are the only ones that can reverse the signs and leave you with fuller, more plump lips.

How David Bogue Can Help With Thinning Lips 

When choosing cosmetic or plastic surgery, you need a trusted professional. Capable not only of conducting the surgery but also guiding you through it..

At David Bogue Plastic Surgery, Dr. Bogue practices what he preaches, offering a comprehensive extended consultation to help you thoroughly. A six-time recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award in Boca Raton, Dr. Bogue is one of the most esteemed and experienced cosmetic surgeons in Louisiana.

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