As we age, our lips start to thin and demonstrate less fullness and projection. We begin to lose dental and structural support in the lower face and experience volume loss. This process is called soft tissue atrophy, and it commonly affects the lips and corners of the mouth. As these areas become less plump, they wrinkle, and the mouth starts to sag. It is not uncommon to develop an ingrained mouth frown, which is an unwanted sign of ageing which tends to give an "angry" look to the facial features.
Another common sign of ageing around the mouth is smoker's lines or vertical lip wrinkles. It affects the skin of the top lip (aka "barcode lines") resulting from the constant use of certain facial expressions such as the pursing of the lips, chewing, sipping from a straw or bottle and even talking. These wrinkles can become evident from an early age, especially if we have an overactive muscle around the mouth.
Lip enhancement has gained much popularity since the '90s: people, both young and old, desire fuller, more sensual lips. The lips have always been associated with female sexuality, and women who possess large, full lips are thought to be more physically desirable.
The standard go-to for lip rejuvenation is usually the injecting of dermal fillers. However, at Skin Renewal, we take a multi-level approach to aesthetic lip rejuvenation. We have many treatment modalities available that can be used in combination to achieve superior results.
Some of the treatment options that we can combine include the following:
- Dermal fillers - with hyaluronic fillers we can address restoring the border of the lips, the volume and plumpness. Also, addressed is the fine lines and wrinkles located at the junction of the skin and the lip border, as well as, restoring the Cupid's bow and raising the mouth corners.
- Carboxytherapy - we can treat the "barcode lines", sagging around the mouth. Also addressed are the lips themselves to increase collagen and elastin and encourage the formation of new blood vessels in the lips. It improves hydration and colour in the lips
- Micro-Needling / Dermapen - this can address the smokers lines or barcode lines on the region above the top lip. It also strengthens and improves the tightening of the skin around the mouth. It reduces the fine lines and wrinkles that commonly form around the mouth area
- Laser Genesis - can address fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. It can also be done directly over the lips to improve the strength of the skin on the lips, promote blood circulation and the formation of new collagen and elastin in the lips. Continued treatment offers fresh, healthy blood vessel formation, colour and hydration. The appearance of the lips is significantly improved
- Mesotherapy - Mesotherapy with active ingredients to promote hydration, firming and plumping can also be performed around the mouth to plump out the fine lines, wrinkles and smokers lines
- PRP (Vampire Facial) - This treatment is well known for its multiple anti-ageing benefits. The concentrated PRP can be injected around the mouth area to specifically focus on treating all the lines, wrinkles and sagging associated with ageing lip and mouth area
- Advanced treatments for severely deep-seated lines and wrinkles around the mouth are also available; however, these treatments will require some downtime. These include fractional lasers such as Pearl Fractional, Pearl Fusion, CO2 Laser and Fraxel Dual Laser
- In some instances, small amounts of botulinum toxin may be used to relax, soften and improve the appearance of barcode or smoker's lines.