Can Lip Filler Help Chapped Lips?

In the middle of a cold, dry winter, you might be dreaming of kissable lips that stay hydrated and plump all year round. While chapped lips are a common concern, especially during the harsher dark half of the year, fillers are fast becoming a popular solution; not just for lip augmentation, but also for combating dryness.

Here’s how lip filler can improve not just the look of your lips, but their health, too–as well as a few other benefits you might not have thought of. Let’s dig in.

How Do Lip Injections Work?

So, how exactly do lip injections help fight dry, chapped lips? The answer lies in the main ingredient used in most dermal fillers: hyaluronic acid (HA). Injectable hyaluronic acid is identical in composition to a naturally occurring substance already present in your body, specifically within your skin. 

HA keeps your skin hydrated and plump by attracting and holding onto moisture. When used as a filler, HA is injected into the lips in tiny amounts to add volume and definition. But beyond simply adding fullness, HA’s ability to attract and retain moisture extends to the injected area, improving hydration within the lips. The result is natural-looking lips that feel smoother, plumper, and less prone to chapping.

Of course, lip filler treatments are not a permanent solution for chapped lips. The effects typically last 6–12 months, and touch-up procedures might be needed to maintain the desired results. Additionally, while HA fillers are generally safe and effective when administered by a qualified injector (like a board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or licensed aesthetician), some potential side effects are important to consider, which we’ll discuss further along.

Benefits and Considerations of Lip Fillers for Chapped Lips

While lip fillers offer a tempting solution for chapped lips, it’s important to be well-informed about both the benefits and considerations before making a decision.

Benefits

  • Improved hydration: HA fillers enhance moisture retention within the lips, leading to a smoother appearance and reducing chapping and flaking.
  • Long-lasting results: While lip balms offer temporary relief, lip fillers provide results lasting 6–12 months.
  • Enhanced definition and volume: Beyond addressing dryness, lip fillers can add subtle definition to the lips, creating a more youthful, rejuvenated look.

Considerations

Like any cosmetic procedure, fillers have potential side effects. Because their main ingredient naturally occurs in the body, hyaluronic acid fillers are considered quite safe with very few adverse effects. However, lip injections can cause temporary side effects like swelling, bruising and discomfort at the injection site. These typically resolve within a few days.

Moreover, they’re not suitable for everyone. If you have certain medical conditions or allergies, you might not be a suitable candidate for lip enhancement. Consulting a qualified professional is the best way to determine your eligibility.

Finally, fillers don’t replace proper lip care. Regularly using lip balm with SPF and staying hydrated are still crucial for maintaining healthy lips.

Other Benefits of Lip Fillers

While addressing chapped lips might be your primary focus, lip fillers offer various other advantages–and we’re not just talking about a fuller pout. Here are a few other reasons you might consider lip fillers:

Enhanced lip symmetry

Many people have naturally uneven lips, where one side may be slightly thinner or less defined than the other. This asymmetry can be particularly noticeable when applying makeup or smiling. Lip fillers can be used to contour the lip shape and add volume to the thinner side, creating a more balanced and symmetrical appearance.

More youthful appearance

As we age, our lips naturally lose volume and definition due to decreased levels of collagen and HA in the skin. This can contribute to a sunken appearance around the mouth along with fine lines and wrinkles. The rejuvenating effects of filler will restore lost volume, plump up the lips and help your skin feel thicker and more supple. 

Better lipstick application

For those who love bold lipstick colors, having fuller, more defined lips can significantly enhance lipstick application. Plump lips provide a smooth canvas for lipstick, allowing for clearer lines and better color payoff. Additionally, lip fillers can help prevent lipstick from bleeding or feathering outside the lip line, ensuring a crisp and polished look.

Best HA Fillers For Dry Lips

Currently, the most popular FDA-approved lip filler products belong to two brands: Juvederm and Restylane.

From Juvederm, Volbella XC is a flexible gel recommended for the treatment of perioral wrinkles (lines around the mouth) and subtle lip plumping, meaning it’s a great way to achieve more hydrated lips without a noticeable change in volume. If you’re looking to add plumpness as well as hydrated, Juvederm Ultra XC is a firmer HA gel that can help you achieve both goals at the same time.

Similarly, Restylane offers two solutions for fuller lips. Restylane Silk is the more flexible, subtle option, while Restylane Kysse allows for more substantial augmentation.

Takeaway

If you’re seeking a longer-lasting solution for chapped lips than constantly swiping a lip balm, filler is a lesser-known yet incredibly helpful solution. By injecting your lips with hyaluronic acid, a substance that helps your skin retain moisture, you can fend off the dehydration that leads to dryness, cracking and deep lip lines. As an added bonus, you can improve the symmetry of your lips, look younger and achieve more sophisticated makeup looks at the same time.
As always, the best way to find out if lip filler is right for you is by consulting a dermatologist or other skin care expert. Schedule a consultation to get on the path to full, plump lips all year long!

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