Anyone who has ever lived in a cold climate knows the pain and irritation associated with winter lips. Between the dry, warm air produced by central heating and the icy winds outside, lips become chronically chapped during the winter—often to the point of cracking and bleeding. Though topical treatments, like lip balm, can temporarily ease the symptoms of chapped lips, their effectiveness tends to be limited. Lip balm quickly wears off as we speak, lick our lips, eat, or drink. This leaves us with two choices: Find a more effective, long-lasting solution for our winter lips, or reapply lip balm constantly throughout the day.
Dermal Fillers: The Best-Kept Secret in Lip Hydration
Most people are already aware of the fact that dermal fillers, like Juvederm, can make their lips fuller and more shapely. However, few people realize that fillers have benefits that extend far beyond sculpting the perfect pout. Hyaluronic acid (HA), the active ingredient in most fillers, can greatly improve the health and hydration of the skin in treated areas. Here’s how it works:
When HA is injected into the lips, it stimulates the synthesis of a protein called collagen. Collagen, which gradually declines in quantity as we age, is integral to keeping our skin and connective tissues strong and supple. Collagen also has an important role to play in moisture retention: The collagen inside skin cells attracts water molecules to the surface of the skin, locking them in place and making them more resistant to evaporation. The end result of this process is plumper, smoother lips that no longer crack, peel, or bleed easily when subjected to the elements.
The Benefits of Using HA-Based Fillers for Chapped Lips
Though having lip injections may seem like a big step, most people are extremely satisfied with the results of this treatment. HA-based fillers have numerous benefits that topical treatments don’t have, such as:
One dermal filler treatment can last for up to nine months. If you have your injections administered in the fall, you can expect to enjoy hydrated lips until springtime.
As we age, our lips become thin and creased due to collagen depletion and facial fat loss. Dermal fillers restore the youthful fullness of the lips by replacing lost volume and smoothing out fine lines around the mouth. Repeated dermal filler treatments may even help to prevent wrinkle development by keeping levels of collagen elevated.
HA is a safe, natural, non-toxic substance that’s already found throughout your body. Filler injections are therefore very low-risk; they seldom cause side effects or allergic reactions. Many lip balms, by contrast, contain potentially harmful ingredients. It’s not uncommon for lip balms to come loaded with petroleum products, BHA, parabens, and other compounds that have been linked to adverse health effects. This is particularly concerning because lip balms are frequently ingested by accident.
Learn More About Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers may be right for you even if you don’t want to significantly increase the size of your lips. Choosing a thin filler that’s designed to spread out into surrounding tissues can hydrate and smooth your lips without significantly increasing their projection or changing their shape. To learn more about our versatile range of dermal fillers, contact Dr. Grace to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Whether your goal is cosmetic rejuvenation or comfort, we’re here to help.