A Clinician’s Guide To Succulent Winter Lips

Are you already noticing the rough, dry lips that sneak up on you this time every year? Have you learned to dread the winter months, knowing that no amount of paw paw ointment will stop your lips from cracking, chapping and peeling? Don’t despair. You are in good company and there is a solution.

What Causes Dry, Chapped Lips?

No matter how much you bundle up in winter, your lips are still exposed to the sun, wind, cold, and dry air. Because they have thin surface layers of skin, lips are more likely to dry out than the rest of your face. In fact, you lose up to 10 times more moisture through your lips than you do elsewhere on your face or body.

Licking your lips makes the chapping worse. The acids in saliva can irritate your compromised skin and, as it evaporates, dehydrates your lips even more.

Protecting Your Lips

Your lips need a protective shield to stay moist. Chapped skin heals better if you wear an emollient balm or ointment rather than a waxy stick treatment. The goal is to seal in moisture and to get extra hydration with beneficial oils. The barrier will help deep cracks to seal and splits from getting irritated and infected. Choose a product with an SPF of at least 30 or higher if you are outdoors.

The Moisturising Benefits of Dermal Fillers

One of the biggest benefits of lip enhancement is also one of the least known. You see, the product we use to enhance your lips is “hydrophilic”, meaning that it attracts and retains moisture. This hydrating property helps to relieve irritating dryness, leaving your lips with a soft, plump, natural feel that lasts around six months.

The one caveat is that you will need to drink lots of water, which is good for you anyway!

Say Goodbye to Lipliner

Of course, fillers can also improve the appearance of your lips by adding shape, structure and volume.

Do you hate leaving the house without your lip liner (and then worry about it bleeding into those fines lines around your mouth)? Cosmetic fillers will help to restore the youthful, defined lip border that tends to blur with age. The little fine horizontal lines will be smoothed out and your lipstick will glide on.

Finally, we all know that we are a little bit asymmetrical (as we remember every time we go shoe shopping). A little product adjustment can give your lips a beautiful symmetry that will enhance the balance of your face.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Injectable lip enhancement can be performed quickly, with little to no downtime. Before the injections, a topical or local numbing agent may be applied to ease discomfort. Sometimes, injections can be given before the treatment to completely numb the lips.

Following injection, we may apply ice to ease discomfort and to control swelling. You will notice a difference immediately and after you have healed, your lips should feel soft and natural.

Big Is Not Necessarily Better

Big, voluptuous lips might be fashionable with the Kardashian set, but they are not the outcome most women are looking for when they consider lip enhancement.

Instead, if you are thinking of treating yourself to dermal lip fillers this winter, think “moisture, convenience and symmetry”.

Antonia Beattie

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