Thin lips are not necessarily unattractive, in fact they can be the opposite, provided they are well taken care of. However, with the proliferation of the fuller lip ideal in the media, many women desire puckers seen on movie stars.
Aside from being born with thin lips (genetics), once plucky lips can also thin out. Thinning lips is due mainly to the reduction of collagen in the area.
Collagen gives skin firmness and fullness. With a decrease in collagen production, your lips can get thinner. Here are some factors that lead to decreased collagen production:
- Overexposure to sun
- Smoking (especially true because of its puckering action)
- Ageing process
Other factors that can contribute to thinning lips are:
- Vitamin B12 deficiency (along with thinning lips, other symptoms include oily hair and skin)
- Extreme weather
- Fillers* to plump up lips
*This treatment can only be performed by a certified doctor.