If you’re after a longer-lasting (and more invasive) solution to thinning lips, lip injections may be right for you. Dubbing hyaluronic acid–filler as “lip gloss in a syringe” due to its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in water, Dr. Hausauer says the in-office treatment is her go-to for patients with thinning lips. “Lip filler is an excellent way to restore lost volume, recreate definition or shape, and increase hydration,” she adds.
If you don’t think you’re quite ready for filler, Dr. Waldorf says not to think of lip filler as being about bigger lips. The proper injector, along with the right balance of filler, can deliver a much more natural look to your lips than you might think.
“I commonly blend a ‘lighter’ hyaluronic acid gel filler—like Restylane Kysse, Belotero Balance, or RHA 2—with some anesthetic or sterile saline and inject sparingly in a more superficial plane to provide increased hydration and natural softness and shape both in appearance and feel,” Dr. Waldorf explains.
Noting that different products are used to achieve different goals, Dr. Hausauer says she finds Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Ultra provide “more structure and a juicy lip, albeit always soft and natural,” while Vobella is better for “minimal volume but smoother surface texture.”