What are the most effective treatments for lip lines, marionettes and other wrinkles around the lips?
As we age, our face and skin go through many changes that are often visible around the mouth. This area is called the perioral area. Perioral means “around the mouth”.
Typical signs of ageing that we may notice in the perioral area are thinning lips and perioral lines, also called smoker’s lines. Another typical sign is downward pointing lines at the corners of the mouth, so-called oral commissures or Marionette lines.
Although a few lines here and there in our face might not bother us so much, lines around the mouth can be bothersome. They can make us look sad, dissatisfied or angry. Perioral lines can make us look as if we’re constantly pursing our lips.
The ageing process in around the lips involves a combination of skin changes, firstly a significant drop in collagen production, also bone resorption, shifts in fat pad distribution, and changes in muscle tone. These changes can lead to the development of lip lines, accordion lines, marionette lines, and chin lines, as well as an overall loss of firmness and definition in lower face.
Lip lines, often referred to as “smoker’s lines,” are the fine wrinkles that develop around the lips, but they also include lines inside the lips that can be horizontal and vertical. These lines can make you look more aged and pursing your lips when you are not. As we age, a reduction in collagen and elastin, supporting tissue and volume, coupled with repetitive facial movements, dehydration, contributes to the development of these lines.
Marionette lines, often referred to as “marionette wrinkles” or “oral commissure lines,” are facial lines that run vertically from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. Marionette lines are a natural part of the ageing process and typically become more noticeable as the skin loses elasticity and firmness over time. These lines can contribute to a tired, sad or sagging appearance, as they may give the impression of downturned corners of the mouth.
Chin lines and creases refer to the wrinkles and folds that can develop on the skin of the chin area. These lines are a natural part of the ageing process and are often influenced by factors such as genetics, sun exposure, lifestyle, and overall skin health. They can become more pronounced over time due to the loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, as well as repeated facial movements, hyperactive chin muscles, volume loss and shifting of facial tissue down.
What are the best treatments for lip lines, marionettes and other wrinkles around the lips?
The area around the mouth is fascinating because there’s so much that can be done to help us get a refreshed look. But the best lines are the ones you never get, so first of all it is important to look after your lips and skin around the lips. Maintaining good skincare habits, protecting the skin from sun exposure, and considering non-invasive cosmetic procedures can help manage some of the signs of ageing and support a more youthful appearance.
Using skincare products with ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, antioxidants, and peptides can help improve skin texture, stimulate collagen and reduce the visibility of lip lines.
Hydration of the lips.
Regular use of sunscreen on the lips can help prevent further damage from UV radiation and slow down the development of new lines.
What are the best cosmetic treatments to reduce appearance of lip lines?
These injectables can restore lost volume, fill up the lines reducing the appearance of lines and heaviness in lower face. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers can provide natural-looking results, restoring and rejuvenating the perioral region.
Peels like TCA and Jessner peel exfoliate the skin’s surface, revealing fresher, smoother skin beneath. These peels are also very effective to stimulate collagen production and improving skin tightness. They can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve overall skin tone.
Anti-wrinkle or Toxin Injections
These neurotoxin injections relax muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles caused by repetitive facial movements. Lip flip can be an effective treatment to reduce smoker’s lines. While Depressor anguli oris anti-wrinkle treatment can reduce down-turned smile by reducing the pull of corners of the mouth down.
Procedures like microneedling and radiofrequency therapy encourage the skin to produce more collagen, resulting in smoother, firmer skin over time.
Fractional laser treatments stimulate collagen production, improving skin texture and reducing the appearance of lines. These treatments are minimally invasive and promote skin renewal.
If you willing to improve your skin or considering any cosmetic treatment, firstly you should have an individual consultation with experienced Aesthetic practitioner that will be able to answer all your questions, discuss your expectations, concerns, risks and individual factors. Consultation is required to create a treatment plan that’s tailored to your health, needs and goals.
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