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Unfortunately, as you grow older you might start to get lip wrinkles. Also known as lip lines, they appear just above your upper lip – below your nose. But don’t worry, these can be taken care of. Below we will outline how to get rid of lip wrinkles and why they occur in the first place.
Just like other lines and wrinkles that appear on your face, there are plenty of false remedies out there that promise to get rid of them overnight – but that simply isn’t possible.
We want to debunk those myths and offer you accurate and reliable information on how you can get a youthful and refreshed complexion with the appropriate treatment. We want you to feel comfortable in your skin, so we only want to guide you on the suitable prevention techniques.
What Are Lip Wrinkles?
As mentioned above, lip wrinkles (or lip lines) develop just above your lip. Vertical wrinkles that start to appear in the later stages of life, they are nothing to worry about. However, if they are starting to affect your self-image, it’s a good idea to start to think about appropriate preventative and treatment measures.
How Do They Appear?
Lip wrinkles start to appear when the elastin and collagen in your skin starts to break down. Due to the lack of support from these proteins, fine lines start to appear. Also, as you age, your skin’s natural oils start to decrease.
The oils which live under the top layer of skin are what keep your skin hydrated – so without them, you won’t have the same supple look that you might have had in the earlier stages of your life.
Another reason why lip wrinkles occur is because of smoking and sun damage. For the latter, it impacts your skin by penetrating the layers and causing damage to the genes which are designed to assist with healthy cell growth.
Deepening the wrinkles, exposure to the harmful UV rays makes it harder to treat them.
Lip Wrinkles From Smoking
Often referred to as smoker’s lips, lip wrinkles are a common side effect of smoking. Resulting in deep and vertical wrinkles that form around the mouth, it occurs due to the constant pursing of lips.
It’s also caused by nicotine that’s contained in cigarettes – narrowing the blood vessels around your mouth, the blood flow is decreased, making the skin less firm.
Of course, smoking will speed up the process but the natural aging process is inevitable. However, that doesn’t mean that you should succumb to it – there are plenty of techniques that you can use to help prevent them or help to reduce them.
Lip Wrinkle Prevention Techniques
Even if you don’t currently have lip wrinkles, it’s never too early to start using preventative methods.
When you reach 30, your skin’s elasticity will start to break down – and even if you still have firm and supple skin, there’s no guarantee that lip wrinkles won’t appear in the future.
The key to slow down the process is to take care of your health before they appear. Of course, if these don’t work, you might need to consider a cosmetic procedure.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
It’s always advisable to protect yourself from UV rays. From limiting your exposure to making sure that you have enough sunscreen on, it’s important to protect your skin from sun damage – especially if you want to prevent lip wrinkles from appearing. The skin around your lips is very sensitive, meaning that it will show signs of damage a lot quicker than other areas of your body.
An alternative to regular sunscreen is a moisturizer or foundation with SPF. Hydrating your skin and protecting it from the rays, it will help to keep your skin feeling and looking smooth.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
A poor diet that’s full of saturated fats and carbohydrates will make a large impact on the quality of your skin. So if you want to fight against wrinkles, it’s time to reconsider your diet and add some healthy alternatives in.
By eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, your body will fight off the formation of wrinkles. As these types of foods (for example berries) are high in antioxidants, they will help to keep the structure of your skin cells firm and healthy.
As well as preventing lip wrinkles, a balanced diet has dozens of other benefits that will improve your skin. For example, a combination of whole grains, fruits and protein will help to decrease the amount of oil on your skin – resulting in a better complexion.
In order to maintain healthy, vitalized skin you want to ensure that you are regularly (approximately two times a week) exfoliating your lips. Using a preventative measure that will help your skin cells to regenerate will slow the development of wrinkles around your lips. It doesn’t have to be an expensive scrub, just a simple one that soothes and clears away any dead skin.
Exercise Your Face
Just like other parts of your body, it’s vital that you perform regular facial exercises. Strong muscles across your face will help to keep the skin tight and prevent wrinkles from forming. By making various expressions throughout the day, you will be able to maintain a more youthful glow.
Cosmetic Treatments For Lip Wrinkles
If lip wrinkles have already appeared around your mouth, you might want to consider treatment. Helping to reverse the aging process, the treatment that’s suitable for you will be decided by your clinician.
One of the most popular cosmetic treatments is MicroPen treatment. A state-of-the-art micro-needling tool is used to help stimulate the skin so that it can naturally create new collagen. Reversing sun damage and improving the overall appearance of fine lines, the result of this treatment can be seen almost immediately.
As with all treatments, the exact number of procedures that you require will depend on your skin and specific goals. However, the average number of procedures is three over the course of a month.
Carrying little risk and discomfort, facial peels are a great way of treating the top layer of skin. Taking approximately 15 to 30 minutes, this treatment is designed to promote the growth of healthy skin cells. It will also evenly extract dead skin cells so that the vital nutrients such as peptides and antioxidants are replenished.
The frequency of the treatment will depend on the depth of the lip wrinkles – you may have to have multiple treatments if your lip lines are particularly aggressive.
If a laser or facial peel treatment doesn’t work, wrinkle fillers might be the solution. Created with hyaluronic acid, these dermal fillers with smooth and plump out your skin so that the appearance of wrinkles improves.
Particularly popular with older individuals (as they can struggle to produce hyaluronic acid), it’s a simple procedure that will produce results that last approximately 6 months. An extremely effective way of reducing lip wrinkles, it will give you a natural-looking glow.
Botox is designed to help minimize the signs of aging. An aesthetic, cosmetic procedure, it will help you to maintain a youthful appearance. Paralyzing the muscles, Botox will smooth out the skin so that wrinkles are less prominent. A cost-effective solution, results can last up to six months.
However, the frequency of which you have the botox will depend on your individual circumstances. An expert will also discuss with you the risks and benefits that come with the procedure after you book your initial consultation.
To learn more about the treatments and preventative methods, contact Vargas Face and Skin Center at 913-381-4900.