When we talk about the signs of aging, some of the most common complaints include things like frown lines, crow’s feet, and sagging jowls. These are hard to miss, yes. However, lip lines also represent a prevalent concern for the aging adult. Usually, lip lines are a problem that women seek to correct. These lines, fine as they may be, can draw lipstick from the body of the lips, making them more pronounced. They cannot be ignored because they are front and center around the mouth, so they can degrade one’s sense of self-confidence. We’ll just say it; lip lines need to go. Here, we discuss why they develop in the first place and what we can do about this frustrating problem.
What Causes Lip Lines
Lip lines are yet another age-related cosmetic concern that many people face at some point. They are no different than other wrinkles, a result of biological changes that affect the skin. What are these biological changes? Primarily, it is a drop in collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These are the three chemicals that are necessary for smooth, firm, resilient skin. They are three chemicals that the body makes very little of after age twenty. Because of how collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid support the skin, their depletion makes it difficult to resist the other factors that contribute to lines and wrinkles. Around the mouth, these include:
- The fact that the mouth is one of the most moveable parts of the face helps us understand why lip lines are such a common problem. The skin around the mouth is stretched and moved whenever we yawn, speak, chew, kiss, and make facial expressions. We cannot avoid these movements, but we can do something about the wrinkles they cause.
- Sun exposure. We are told that, when we go outside, we should wear an SPF 30 sunscreen on the face, ears, arms, and other areas. Additionally, we should wear an SPF lip balm. This is necessary every day, regardless of how sunny it is.
- Volume loss. When the body stops making sufficient amounts of hyaluronic acid, the lips deflate. Without contours and volume, the skin on and around the lips develops lines and creases.
Treating Lip Lines
Some of the ways we treat lip lines come down to skin care. It is necessary to wear SPF lip balm daily and to gently exfoliate the lips once a week. When necessary, a board-certified dermatologist can perform one or more treatments to smooth these fine lines that age the face. Options include:
- Dermal fillers
- Laser skin resurfacing
- RF microneedling
Our team can help you feel like your best self. Call 203.226.3600 to schedule your lip treatment at Westport Dermatology and Laser Center.