Winter weather can be harsh on your skin. Although many patients know to revisit their daily skin care routine as the seasons change, few know about the importance of winter lip care. Neglecting this sensitive area of your skin can lead to unpleasant and painfully chapped lips. Instead of overapplying lip balm, which can further exacerbate your symptoms, hyaluronic acid fillers may be a better answer
What Causes Chapped Lips?
Chapped or cracked lips in the winter can be attributed to several key factors like changes in the weather and the environment. While summer weather may be warm and humid, winter weather is a stark contrast. Low to no moisture in the air, combined with the harsh effects of the sun and other environmental factors can have an intense drying effect on your lips. While the skin on the rest of your body can respond by increasing oil production, your lips don’t have oil glands, meaning they will dry out faster. Indoors, steady heater use without a humidifier can have a similar effect on your lips, leaving them vulnerable to chapping and cracking.
In addition to environmental damage, our behavior can also contribute to dry lips. Drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet that isn’t high in salt can be difficult around the winter months when hot beverages and heavy comfort food become dietary staples. As a result, not drinking enough water and adopting a salt-heavy diet can also contribute to developing dry, chapped lips.
Treating Chapped Lips with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Most patients are familiar with hyaluronic acid fillers as the secret to smoother skin and fuller lips. However, the same ingredient that causes the plumping and smoothing effect of fillers on the skin is also responsible for making them effective treatments for dry, chapped lips.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps skin cells retain moisture. Over time, environmental factors and the aging process can outpace hyaluronic acid production, accelerating the development of fine lines and wrinkles. When used to treat these cosmetic flaws, hyaluronic acid fillers help add volume to the treatment area by helping skin cells retain water. Combined with collagen production stimulation, patients are left with naturally full looking skin that is conveniently well hydrated.
Using hyaluronic acid for chapped lips has several important advantages. First, the injectable helps especially vulnerable cells stay moisturized despite changes in weather and other factors. Secondly, the temporary results make it an attractive option that doesn’t require frequent touch-ups. Most hyaluronic fillers last about six months and gradually dissipate into the skin, making it a discreet option for patients who aren’t looking to enhance their pout year-round. Finally, the minimal treatment time and ease of application make dermal fillers an excellent option for busy patients who don’t have the time to spend constantly monitoring their lips for the slightest chap or crack. Dermal fillers allow patients to complete treatment and get back to their schedule without interruption or retreatment until the spring.
Restore Your Smile Today!
At Aria DermSpa, hyaluronic dermal fillers are an excellent solution for patients looking for a simple solution that ends unpleasant and unflattering chapped lips. To learn more about this non-invasive procedure, call our Madison, CT plastic surgeon today to schedule your consultation!