Our bodies produce less collagen over time, and our skin droops. When skin loses tone and elasticity, vertical lip lines and other facial wrinkles start to form. Our lips become thinner and lose volume over time, causing a thinning of the lower and upper lip area and creating fine lines around the mouth (perioral wrinkles).
Remember, even though lip wrinkles are common, it doesn’t mean that you have to live with them. Here are some of the top non-surgical cosmetic treatments for lip lines and wrinkles and the most common causes.
What Causes Mouth Wrinkles?
Perioral wrinkles, sometimes referred to as smile lines, lip lines, laugh lines, lipstick lines or even smokers’ lines, are caused predominantly by age, genetics, sun exposure and certain lifestyle factors such as smoking.
Knowing what causes these wrinkles can help you implement preventative care, as well as learn how to treat them. Here are the most common causes of lip wrinkles and fine lines:
1. Collagen Loss
As with all wrinkles, lip wrinkles are caused by the decrease of collagen and elastin below the skin. During the natural aging process, this steady decrease causes our skin to become thinner and have less elasticity.
2. Dry Skin
As we age, our skin produces less oil, which can cause the skin to become dryer. Because the lips and the area around them are constantly in contact with the elements, it’s especially likely to dry out.
3. Sun Damage (Sun Exposure)
Just as it does with other wrinkles, sun exposure (UV Rays) can cause lip wrinkles. Because the skin on the lips is delicate and is not usually coated with protective products, this can easily prime your lips for lip wrinkles. Don’t forget to incorporate SPF 30 sunscreen into your daily skincare routine.
It’s well known that the free radicals that come from cigarettes can cause premature aging. It is also speculated that the repeated pressure of the cigarette on your lips can cause lip wrinkles.
5. Repetitive Movement of Facial Muscles
Pursing your lips (such as drinking out of a straw) may also contribute to the wrinkling of the lips. A combination of reduced skin elasticity as we age and certain repetitive facial expressions that wrinkle the lips will cause fine lines and wrinkles to form (dynamic lines).
Treatment Options for Lip Wrinkles Around the Mouth?
Anti-wrinkle injections work best when lip wrinkles are in their earliest stages (dynamic wrinkles). Anti-wrinkle injections require little to no downtime. Results will be seen immediately and improve over time. Touch-ups are required every 3-6 months.
Dermal Fillers (Hyaluronic Acid Fillers)
When lip lines are static, meaning they’re visible all the time, dermal fillers can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other treatments. The lip fillers we use here at Dr T’s Anti-Aging Clinic are hyaluronic acid based. They will provide volume underneath the lip lines to plum them out and stimulate collagen production for longer-lasting results.
Lip injections may cause swelling or bruising, but this subsides within a few days. Results last anywhere from 6-12 months.
Those looking for a truly long-lasting, natural anti-aging option will find it in Ultherapy. Ultherapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure for the lips that uses ultrasound technology to tighten and stimulate new collagen without harming the skin itself.
The focused ultrasound energy triggers a natural response under the skin, and your body will continue to produce fresh, new collagen over 3-6 months following your treatment. This means your results will continue to improve over time.
Ultherapy is a wonderful option for fine lines around the mouth and nasolabial folds. It can be used as a single treatment or in combination with other skin rejuvenation treatments or injectables. There is absolutely no downtime with Ultherapy, and you can return to normal activities right away.
Microdermabrasion is a good option for those with fine lines around the lips. This treatment scrapes the outer surface of the skin and triggers a healing process that promotes collagen production to smooth and support the skin. Microdermabrasion tends to be more effective on the upper lip versus the lower lip.
Healing after Microdermabrasion takes anywhere from 1-2 weeks, depending upon the intensity of the treatment received.
Microneedling (Skin Needling)
Microneedling triggers skin cell turnover and collagen production using a special tool (The SkinPen) that creates thousands of tiny punctures on the skin’s surface. This procedure works best for fine lines that are in their early stages.
The treatment can be performed on all skin types, and the number of treatments required is based on the depth and severity of the lines.
Like microdermabrasion, full recovery takes anywhere from 1-2 weeks, depending on how aggressive the treatment was.
Laser Resurfacing (Laser Genesis)
Laser resurfacing (Laser Genesis) addresses mild to moderate fine lines around the mouth by using heat to resurface the skin. The Laser Genesis procedure utilises non-invasive laser technology to safely, naturally and effectively treat fine lines & mild wrinkles.
Redness, dryness or flaking is normal after laser resurfacing. Complete healing takes anywhere from 5-15 days. A series of treatments may be necessary to achieve your ideal results, making it more expensive in the long run.
Which Treatment for Fine Lines Around The Mouth Should I Choose?
Scanning the headlines can be confusing when choosing the right treatment to improve the fine lines around the mouth. Because there is so much information available, you might find yourself asking:
Where do I even start? What treatments are safe? Which treatments are right for me?
These are all valid questions. The good news is you’ve come to the right place.
The first step is to book a free no-obligation consultation with me at Dr T Aesthetics. I begin the process by assessing your main concerns.
I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, ultimate experience, and concerns, so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.
Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.
To find out which treatment is best for you, begin by booking your FREE comprehensive no-obligation consultation valued at $250 with me today.