I frequently get clients in my office complaining about the lines around their lips. The lines that seem to resemble spokes of a bicycle wheel are commonly associated with “smokers’ mouth,” but anyone, smoker or not, can get these wrinkles.
Even women in their early 30′s can acquire these fine lines. They develop from the normal puckering we all do. If you make that face often enough, those lines eventually become permanent. When I explain this, I often get confused looks. They equate puckering with kissing or smoking. So if your love life has been nonexistent and you’re tobacco free, but you still have wrinkled lips-consider yourself a great Thinker! Seriously, pensive people create wrinkled lips.
Even when we sleep, we’re still thinking, and when we’re thinking, our mouth is using muscles that create that pensive, puckered look. Since you obviously cannot turn off the ability to think, (though I believe anyone with teenagers would argue that point), what other ways can you delay or remove the wrinkled look from your lips?
One way is to simply be more aware of your facial expressions and try to stop making unnecessary animations when reading, studying, working on the computer, and talking. You can’t help what you do when you’re asleep, but you can be aware of it while you’re conscious.
In the past, skin treatments using heavy-duty lasers were able to treat the area but left a whitish appearance on the targeted area. This hypo-pigmentation drew even more attention to the upper lip and so it’s not used very much today.
So here’s a near-perfect treatment I call the “Lip Rescue”. It’s a combination of carefully placed filler such as Radiesse, Botox, and a moderate peel. Your wrinkled lips can be nearly eliminated with this treatment plan. By using a retinoid or glycolic, we can turn your cells over faster and increase your skin’s dermal depth. This creates skin thickness (see there is something to be said for having thick skin) and now it will look healthier, and smoother. When this happens, your mouth lines will diminish greatly.
If coming to see me to iron out those wrinkles is not possible, make sure that when you choose a practitioner- they’re a skilled expert at placing Botox in this area of the face. You don’t want too much around your mouth placed incorrectly or the results can be disastrous- and it can last for over a month! That’s a long time to have people staring. If they’re going to stare, have them do it because you now have a sexy, wrinkle-free smile! You’ll be stoked, not spoked!