As we age, we know that lines and wrinkles will start to form around and between the eyes and across the forehead but one area that many people tend to forget about is the upper lip.
Upper lip wrinkles are often overlooked and once they’re well established, it can be quite difficult to treat them.
Upper Lip Wrinkles: The Main Causes
As with most other wrinkles, upper lip wrinkles are the result of repeated movement. Movement lines are the first to appear on the upper lip but these wrinkles disappear as soon as the muscles of the lip relax. Static lines, on the other hand, remain visible even after the lip muscles relax.
Once movement lines turn to static lines, they become increasingly difficult to treat. This is because years of muscle movement does add up and as we age, our skin produces much less elastin and collage, which is what keeps the skin tight and firm. The lips also gradually lose volume with age, which also contributes to lip wrinkles.
Genetics and exposure to harmful UV rays can also play a role in how susceptible you are to upper lip wrinkles.
It’s usually after the age of 40 that patients start contacting Dr Michael Zacharia about anti-wrinkle injections for their upper lips.
Preventing Upper Lip Wrinkles
Along with using anti-wrinkle injections to relax the muscles around the mouth, having a good skincare regime and wearing a high-quality sunscreen will go a long way in preventing upper lip wrinkles. Since smokers pucker their lips more than most people, quitting or cutting down on cigarettes can help you achieve a smoother upper lip.
Another popular treatment for upper lip wrinkles is Laser Genesis, which works on the second and deepest layer of the skin. The heat from the laser stimulates the production of collagen, resulting in a smoother, healthier upper lip.
Treating Established Upper Lip Wrinkles
Unfortunately, once the wrinkles on your upper lip become established, it is much more difficult to treat them, which is why prevention is so important.
One way that you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the upper lip is with dermal fillers. Adding more volume to your lips will iron out wrinkles and provide you with a more youthful appearance. Since you want your results to look natural, it’s best to start slowly.
Microneedling is another treatment option for established lines. The procedure is designed to damage the upper layer of the skin to encourage the production of the collagen and elastin that’s necessary for firm, healthy skin.
Choosing the Right Treatment Option
There really is no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to treating lines and wrinkles on the face and lips. For some patients, volume loss may be the leading cause of their upper lip wrinkles. In this case, lip fillers would be the best solution. For other patients, a combination of treatments may be required to achieve the desired result.
The best way to decide which treatment is best for you is to schedule a consultation with a qualified clinician that specialises in anti-ageing treatments.