Plump Lips Without Injections
Very few will argue that today, plump, full lips are more desirable and in demand than ever before. Unfortunately, not all of us have been graced with naturally plump lips. So, to keep up with the demand for fuller lips, new topical and injectable solutions have been brought to market. While injections may offer the most obvious and immediate plumping effects, many patients simply don’t want to go that route and Dr. Szymanski is here to give you options.
Before we get started, it is worth noting that non-injection and non-surgical plumping techniques are neither permanent nor will they change the shape or size of your lips. They are simply intended to maximize the look of your lips for as long as possible.
What Makes Lips Plump?
To understand how to make your lips look fuller, we must discuss the very basic issue that affects their look and feel – moisture – how moist they are and how they are retaining that moisture. Think about a cold day with low humidity and how your lips shrink to minimize moisture loss. Well, with the right lifestyle and products, we can lock that moisture in and maximize its cosmetic effects…
As a first step, we must start with baseline health and that includes diet and exercise. Here are a few tips and tricks:
- Drink lots and lots of water. You should be drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day so you can stay hydrated from the inside
- You may wish to consider collagen enhanced powders or drink mixes. While their effectiveness is by no means proven, they may move the needle. See our discussion on collagen supplements
- By losing some weight, you can enhance the look of your lips, even if they don’t increase in size. By losing some fat around the jaw area, you increase the focus on your lips.
- Use plenty of lip moisturizer and lip moisturizing lipstick. This is helpful to keeping the moisture locked in day in and day out.
Once you’ve improved your body’s baseline hydration, we can start to add some proven lip plumping techniques!
- You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid. This moisture retaining compound can do wonders for your lips. In fact, it is commonly used in injectables too because it can hold many times its weight in water. Hyaluronic acid is produced by the body and does not break down as quickly as other topical applications.
- There are several prescriptions and over the counter plumping creams and ointments that improve blood flow in the lips temporarily. Remember, these are not long-lasting options but can be great for a night out
- You can also come into the office and have a consultation with Dr. Szymanski about lip filler options. Despite a possible hesitation toward injections, Dr. Szymanski can talk to you about a number of techniques and can help you decide on one that makes the most sense.
What to Avoid
Unfortunately, in the never-ending search for the perfect lips, many people make the mistake of using unproven or even downright dangerous options. When used properly an under the guidance of a medical professional, electrical and suction devices may offer some short-term benefit. Others visit unlicensed cosmetic practitioners. Sadly, some can end up with short or even long-term disfigurement if it goes wrong.
Take the time to understand all the options regarding topical and non-surgical lip filler. Speak to an experienced surgeon such as Dr. Szymanski who can offer you the pros and cons of every option from the least to most invasive. We look forward to helping you achieve the lips of your dreams!