Are lines around your mouth making you look and feel sad? The repeated action of pursing your lips contributes to their formation. That’s why they’re often called smokers’ lines because pursing lips is exactly what smokers do while smoking. Couple that with smoking’s drying effect on skin, known ability to accelerate wrinkle formation plus loss of skin tone and it creates a perfect storm.
Of course you don’t have to smoke to get vertical lines around your mouth. Natural aging and sun damage can cause them too. As you get older, your skin loses collagen and elastin — the components of skin that give it a full and smooth appearance. Thinning skin, another by-product of aging, is a culprit as well. Fortunately, there’s a couple of treatment options available to smooth out lip lines and freshen up your smile.
Restylane Silk is the first FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler designed specifically to treat the lines around the mouth and lip augmentation. Its unique formulation smoothes out tiny lines completely leaving no sign of filler under the skin. The results are wonderfully natural and last anywhere from 6 months to 1 years following initial treatment. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes in-office and a topical numbing cream is applied beforehand to ease any discomfort.
Slightly squeamish about needles? Then here’s an option is for you. Fractional CO2 laser treats a number of skin conditions including fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. Although there have been several types of lasers in use over the years, fractional lasers are among the most popular. Gentle and effective, Fractional CO2 laser is an excellent choice for addressing vertical lip lines. It causes skin to replace damaged and wrinkled skin with new skin. It also encourages the body to produce collagen.
Typically 1-2 treatments are required. A numbing gel is applied to minimize discomfort. Some redness and swelling may occur and patients are required to stay out of the sun for 7-10 days. However, the results are long lasting and lip lines are gone!
Why look or feel down in the mouth? Ask us about Restylane Silk and Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing today and say goodbye to lip lines.