What Causes Lip Lines?

Lip lines, also known as lip wrinkles or mouth lines, are wrinkles just as you would have anywhere else. What makes them stand out is that they are often deep, and they can form in a great quantity right above the lip. Because people look at your face when they talk to you, wrinkles like this certainly stand out.

Aging and Wrinkles

In many ways, wrinkles are a part of getting older. They change the way our faces look, and they tend to get worse with time. The lines that form just above the mouth can be very deep, and they may be some of your deepest wrinkles. They form when the muscles that are under the skin are used again and again over the years, bringing some skin up and some down. Wrinkles are areas of thin skin, and the strong muscles next to them can make them look even worse.

Lip wrinkles are a normal part of the skin changes that occur as we age. The muscles that go around the mouth are pursed when we do a number of normal actions. This includes talking, puckering your lips, drinking through a straw, and other common motions. When you perform these movements, the muscles around the mouth will contract, and that eventually causes wrinkles. Lip wrinkles happen to women more often than to men because women have thinner skin. In addition, men shave their faces, and this will make the skin thicker and wrinkles less likely on their faces.

Smoking and Lip Lines

Another reason that people get lip lines is that they are smokers or spent many years as smokers. The frequent motion of drawing on a cigarette makes those specific muscles work so hard for so long that the muscles result in those areas of thinned skin. These lines are sometimes called smoker’s lines because of the correlation. Once the damage to the skin is done by smoking, all you can do is to get an effective treatment for those lines.

Treatments for Mouth Wrinkles

Lip wrinkles are some of the hardest to treat, but there are many treatments available that can help. Injectables are effective treatments for many facial wrinkles, including lip wrinkles, and other problems. The injectable Botox is often used to stun the muscles in the area so that they can’t cause the skin to ride up. This relaxes many wrinkles. There is also JUVÉDERM XC that can be used in the same area. It handles moderate to severe lines and can even help with lips that aren’t as full as they used to be. Restylane is also used to add volume to fill out the wrinkles and make the skin smoother. Sculptra Aesthetic is another filler that can be used to help reduce lip lines.

When you treat your lip wrinkles with an effective treatment, you will notice a smoothing of the area and fewer lines. This can give you a younger appearance that leaves you happier with the look of your face. The Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics, Inc. can assess your lines and create a treatment plan that will leave you looking younger and feeling more confident.