Beat Dry Winter Lips with Hyaluronic Acid FillersPosted on January 9, 2019
Noticing that your lips are more chapped than usual? You’re not alone. Although winter weather can be a great change from hot summer days, the seasonal change can significantly impact your skin’s health. While most patients prepare their skin for the weather change by refreshing their daily skin care routine, the lips are too often overlooked and left to dry out. Rather than applying tubes of Chapstick over the coming months, hyaluronic acid fillers might be your best bet for adding moisture to lips.
Why Winter Means Dry Lips
There are a few factors that contribute to the development of dry skin and chapped lips as soon as the weather chills. For starters, winter usually means less moisture in the air. Exposure to cold, dry air outside combined with typical sun exposure can cause lips to lose moisture quickly. With more of your day spent indoors with the thermostat turned up high, your lips can quickly dry and become chapped or cracked.
Beyond the environmental factors, behavior and self-care can also play a role in how quickly skin can dry out. Even if you’re not regularly breaking a sweat, staying hydrated is especially important during the winter. Dehydration and a salt-heavy diet can also dry out lips and lead to unpleasant chapping. While it may seem counter-intuitive, licking or biting your lips repeatedly or over-applying products that have a lot of additives can worsen the condition.
Hyaluronic Fillers – The Answer to Your Chapped Lips
Most patients are familiar with hyaluronic fillers as a way of discreetly filling in thin wrinkles around the face and adding volume to thin lips. However, the same factor that provides these dermal fillers with such success can also help your lips retain moisture better, even during the driest winter month.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance usually found in the skin and connective tissue. Whereas collagen helps to add volume to the lips, hyaluronic acid helps skin cells retain moisture, keeping lips looking healthy and full. While hyaluronic acid can be applied topically as a serum or ingested as a supplement, the best and most immediate results are found when it is injected as a dermal filler. In this form, patients not only get the added benefit of improved lip hydration but can also enjoy a fuller-looking pout.
Regain Your Luscious Lips at BHPS
Not all hyaluronic fillers are the same. At BHPS, we offer several high-end brands that are backed by patient success stories. These include:
Great for treating smile lines, marionette lines and adding volume to lips, Restylane is among the better-known dermal fillers available. Treatment results usually last up to six months, making it an excellent option for patients looking to overcome dry lips but who may not necessarily want augmented lips year-round.
Another popular hyaluronic filler, Juvederm offers a full suite of filler options that are formulated to meet different needs. As Juvederm has been shown to last up to a year, patients looking to increase lip volume as well as treat chapped lips find Juvederm to be an excellent option.
As dermal fillers are non-invasive, treatment is usually a 30 minutes session that can be easily worked into busy schedules. Once the filler has been applied, our team will provide you with post-treatment instructions as well as recommendations for protecting your lips throughout the remainder of the winter.
Enjoy a Beautiful Smile from BHPS
Don’t spend the winter covering your smile. If chapped or cracked lips are keeping you from feeling confident in your appearance or are being unpleasant or painful, call Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery. Our specialists can help you find the right treatment solution for a smile.