Why Are Your Lips Thinning?

Everyone knows to expect wrinkles and lines as part of the aging process. But did you know your lips can get thinner, too? In fact, thinning lips can start to appear really early — even while you’re still in your 30s. 

Full, luscious lips aren’t just sexy, they can also help you look more youthful. At Chicque Aesthetics, our team offers custom treatments aimed at helping people of all ages in Greenwich, Connecticut, maintain fuller lips. 

Here’s what could be causing your thinning lips — and how we can help you plump them up again using dermal fillers.

Why your lips look thinner

Several factors can contribute to thinning lips as you get older, including:

Decrease in natural collagen

When you’re young, your skin produces plenty of collagen, a structural protein that’s found throughout your body. Collagen helps your skin look and feel firm and resilient. 

Collagen also provides a lot of facial volume, especially in your lips and cheeks. As you age, collagen production slows down, leaving you with less volume and less support for your skin. 

The decline in collagen production is one of the primary causes of lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. It’s also a big reason why lips tend to look thinner when you age. 

Less collagen means lips no longer have the volume or support they need to look firm and plump. Worse, many lip mechanical devices and “tricks” used to make lips look temporarily plumper can actually damage the collagen you have left, leading to even thinner lips.

Changes in your teeth

You might not realize it, but your teeth also contribute to lip fullness. If your teeth are damaged or worn, your lips can start to turn inward, decreasing the amount of lip that shows. 

Personal habits

If you smoke, you’ve probably heard about “smoker’s lines,” those tiny vertical lines caused by excessive puckering. Smoking is a big culprit, in part because it can interfere with your overall skin health. 

But those tiny lines can also appear if you use drinking straws, a vaping pen, or anything else that makes you pucker a lot, like if you habitually chew your lips or even your inner cheeks. 


Yes, you might be able to blame your thinning lips on your parents. While many people with genetically thin lips can notice this difference during childhood, it becomes more pronounced as your face matures and you lose your underlying baby fat that could add some lip plumpness. 

Plump up your lips

Those are some of the most common causes of thinning lips. Now, what can you do about it? The answer: dermal fillers. 

Fillers provide one of the most effective ways of plumping up your lips so they look younger, healthier, and sexier. In fact, today’s dermal fillers are so popular that more than 2.5 million treatments are performed each year in the United States.

At Chicque Aesthetics, we offer several fillers designed for lip enhancement, including:


One of the best-known names in the filler industry, Juvéderm offers special formulations designed to help restore lost volume in and around the lips.

Restylane® Kysse 

Restylane Kysse is a hyaluronic acid filler that was developed specifically to add volume to thinning lips.

Revanesse® VersaTM

Revanesse is frequently used to treat wrinkles and lines around the mouth and lips, but it can also be used to add volume to lips that start to appear thin.

Because we offer a variety of fillers, we can select the treatment that’s best for your needs and goals. To learn more about our lip filler treatments, call the office or use the online form to request an appointment today.

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