Lip lines and deep wrinkles are inevitable. Your skin loses elasticity as you age, making lines and other imperfections more visible over time. Lip lines can be treated, however. With cosmetic procedures designed to create volume and even skin tone, a cosmetic dermatologist can restore the appearance of your lips.
Reading Between the (Lip) Lines
A few different types of lip lines indicate various causal factors. For instance, lines that stretch from the bottom of the nostril to the corner of the mouth that resemble parentheses are called “smile lines.” Medically referred to as nasolabial lines, smile wrinkles inherently materialize after years of regular movements such as smiling, talking, and chewing.
Marionette lines are vertical wrinkles at the corners of the mouth that can make people look angry or upset even when relaxed. These are also referred to as “frown lines” due to the expression they mimic.
Vertical lines around the lips are a naturally occurring sign of aging, but they become more apparent with smoking over time. Constantly pursing your lips to inhale cigarettes tends to stretch out the skin around the mouth, while nicotine decreases blood flow and makes skin appear more thin. After years of these smoking-induced side effects, vertical lines slowly become more pronounced.
Which Lip Line Therapy is Right For You?
Regardless of how your lip lines occurred, techniques can target these unsightly marks and rejuvenate the skin to restore elasticity and youthful appearance.
For a safe, noninvasive wrinkle treatment, consider laser skin tightening treatments that lift and tighten the wrinkles around the mouth and other areas of the face. Laser resurfacing can be applied to any area of the body where skin sags, but is most commonly used on the cheeks and neck area. Laser resurfacing does not require much recovery time because it does not necessitate cutting or stitching.
Injectable fillers are used to treat signs of aging underneath the skin’s surface. Fillers are safe and effective at restoring volume for natural-looking results without being as invasive as facelifts or surgical tucks. Juvederm Voluma is a gel made of hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in your body) that provides instant results to those struggling with lip lines due to aging and/or smoking. Patients do not need to undergo pretesting to be candidates for Voluma and the gel is an FDA-approved dermal filler – the first to be proven safe and effective for darker skin tones and ethnicities.
Restylane Silk, another leading dermal filler, is the first FDA-approved treatment specifically designed to target lip lines. Restylane Silk’s unique formula provides accurate shaping around curved areas like the lips for a more natural, soft look. If you’re struggling with wrinkles around your mouth, ask about this new, innovative, and effective lip enhancement treatment.
Many individuals suffering from signs of aging turn to over-the-counter topical treatments from drug stores and beauty chains. Unfortunately, many of these wrinkle reducers don’t provide results comparable to prescription topical treatments.
Talk to a dermatologist about the newest topical skin therapy technologies, specifically ZO Skin Health from Dr. Zein Obagi. ZO Skin products not only combat the appearance of lip lines, but promote more even, youthful looking skin all over. Dr. Obagi’s skincare solutions smooth out signs of aging and help patients maintain their fuller, tighter appearance as they age. ZO Skin Health can be used on virtually any person – young, old, female, or male.
Learn More About Lip Line Treatment in Miami
Whether you choose laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, or topical treatments, Dr. Mariano Busso will help you understand how your lip lines formed, and how your lips can be safely restored. For a youthful appearance and a more confident, fresh face, call Dr. Busso at 305-857-0144 or book an appointment online. We can help you determine which procedures and therapies are necessary to effectively minimize lip lines and other signs of aging.