As part of the natural ageing process our skin can begin to form lines, wrinkles and creases. These are often most noticeable across the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth. And removing these lines and wrinkles, or reducing their appearance, is one of our clients most popular requests. Particularly for lines around the mouth. So, what causes these lines to develop? And what are the most effective facial treatment options to tackle lines around the mouth? Well, there are several to choose from, depending on your own individual requirements and preferences. Here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic in Preston, Lancashire, we offer a range of professional, high quality facial treatments and procedures that can help transform the appearance of your skin. As a result, we have produced this guide to help you understand the different options available.
What causes lines and wrinkles around the mouth?
Lines and wrinkles develop totally naturally around the mouth area. This is because the skin is frequently moving, and being pulled into different positions. As we age, the skin loses collagen and elastin, which are two essential substances used for supporting the volume of the skin, as well as the elasticity. Without these two substances, your skin can struggle to fall back into it’s natural position, and lines and wrinkles can develop. Around the mouth, these wrinkles can be accentuated by lifestyle factors such as exposure to the sun and UV, as well as smoking.
Different types of mouth wrinkles
There are three different types of lines that can develop around the mouth, and these include:
Smile lines – these are lines that lead from the bottom corners of the nose to each corner of your mouth. As we age, the ligaments around the mouth become looser, and the skin will begin to sag slightly. This causes these wrinkles to appear.
Marionette lines – these are wrinkles that form in the corners of the mouth and can make you look sad or unhappy. This is because these wrinkles cause the very corners of your mouth to turn down. Th wrinkles can often appear when collagen breaks down in the skin, causing it to sag and fold around the mouth.
Vertical Lines – these are often called ‘smoker’s lines’, although they are not solely related to people who smoke, as they are the most common type of wrinkles to develop around the mouth. Regular lip movements cause these lines, and this means that smoking can exacerbate the issue.
So which facial treatment options are available to tackle lines around the mouth?
There are several different facial treatment options that can be used effectively to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the mouth. These options include:
Dermal fillers – for smile lines and marionette lines, dermal fillers can tackle the sagging skin, and help to smooth out the skin around your mouth. These are hydrating and volume-building fluids that are injected under the skin using a tiny needle. Only a very small amount will be needed for fine lines and wrinkle around the mouth, but this can be enough to add volume to your skin, and strengthen any sagging areas.
Anti-wrinkle injections – for all three types of mouth wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections can be a great option. These help to relax your facial muscles, so that your skin can rest and reset, greatly reducing the appearance of any lines and wrinkles.
For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at the Skin and Wellbeing Clinic.