As we get older, the edge of the lips becomes less shapely. Collagen and elastin, which give lips their pouty shape, break down over time, and lines around the lips settle in. Once these lines become etched into the skin, there’s less definition.
To recreate a youthful, heart-shaped outline, Botox can be injected along the edges of the upper and lower lip line, temporarily relaxing the muscles that can cause wrinkling. The procedure requires no anaesthesia and takes only 10 minutes.
If your lips are thin and look a bit meek, crooked teeth may also be to blame. When teeth aren’t properly aligned, your entire lower face, including your lips, appear to cave inward due to a lack of structural support. To help straighten a crooked smile, go see a dentist who can use a device called aligners to gradually move your teeth back into place. Every few weeks, your dentist will give you new aligners to wear, swapping them out as your smile begins to straighten. When your teeth are evenly aligned usually after a year in your lips will look more pronounced and symmetrical. Prices vary, but the treatment is not usually available on the NHS.