It's time. You're looking in the mirror, pouting and puckering and pinching your lips and the fact still remains: your lips just aren't impressing anyone.
In this culture, lips are a sign of sex appeal, femininity, and seduction. Not only this, but it just feels good to have naturally fuller lips. They're also a sign of youth and considering lips begin to thin as we age, it's no wonder we want to hang onto our youthful pucker.
But there's really only one option for those with less-than-kissable lips; dermal fillers are readily available on the market and there's a variety to choose from. A few injections here and there and voila! Kiss your lip insecurities goodbye.
But what if there was another way? Another, more natural way to get fuller lips and without the needles and injections?
Well it's time to reveal your ultimate weapon: the dermaroller. This blog is expanding a bit on a previous blog, with some more in-depth information on fillers, home remedies, and dermarolling options.
Why Do Lips Thin As We Age?
First off, let's get the important facts out of the way. Our lips thin as we age due to a decrease in collagen production. Past the age of twenty, our collagen production decreases around 1% per year and it doesn't stop there. Women naturally lose more collagen than men, so these results of aging are ultimately more devastating for us. Lost collagen means thinner lips, permanent frowns and fine lines and wrinkles around our mouths.
Do Lip Fillers Actually Work?
The short answer here is, yes! Some commonly used lip fillers in the industry today include Juvéderm, Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Ultra Plus, Juvéderm Volbella, Restylane, and Restylane Silk.
Sexy, pouting lips are only an injection away, but keep in mind that your bank account isn't going to particularly like it. Lip fillers can cost anywhere from $400 - $1000 per vial or syringe and can last anywhere from 6 months to a couple years, though this depends on how much is injected and the patient's metabolism.
Lip fillers also don't come without downsides. Some unwanted side effects can include swelling, itching, bruising, burning, and even unsatisfactory results, with your lips being perhaps too big or having too much of an unusual shape. At this point you can either suck it up and endure the filler until your next round or have the fillers dissolved, which would be a waste of both time and money.
Are There Natural Ways to Plump Your Lips?
I'm glad you asked. A quick Google search will provide you with a list of at-home remedies for thin lips ranging anywhere from collagen supplements to suction cups (ouch?), hyaluronic acid serum to lip scrubs.
But there's a small secret in the beauty industry to fuller lips and to a massive boost in collagen production directly in the area applied. It's a more unconventional method, but it's proven to work; introducing, the dermaroller.
How the Dermaroller Gives You Naturally Fuller Lips
For those that may not know, a dermaroller is a microneedling device which when applied, creates microscopic puncture wounds with sterilized needles. Soon after, your body enters its natural healing phase, where it sends nutrients and most importantly, collagen to the area.
This translates to a massive upsurge of collagen production, cellular turnover, and more youthful, firm, and plumped skin. Over time and with consistent application, you'll begin to notice that your lips just naturally have more volume, and the best part? It's 100% natural.
Which Needle Size Is Best to Use on the Lips?
You're reading this and you're thinking, rolling needles on the lips? She must be crazy!
Most people believe that dermarolling the lips is painful, but it's not as painful as one might imagine. There's definitely some discomfort, but it's important to start with a smaller needle size, considering your lip skin is delicate.
What to Expect After Dermarolling the Lips?
Expect some redness, discomfort, and dryness. Your lips will be sensitive and should avoid being touched, rubbed, or itched for at least 24 hours while they enter the healing phase. Check my video tutorial for what creams/serums to apply and for aftercare. It may take a few applications to begin seeing results and increased volume. But above all, stay safe, be sure to disinfect both the applied area as well as the dermaroller to avoid infections and don't over-roll or apply to much pressure. Be sure to do your research and follow instructions very carefully and care for your lips after application to receive the best results.