Wrinkles which appear around the mouth, sometimes called smile lines or lip wrinkles, are a natural result of aging. Wrinkles appear when the elasticity of the skin begins to break down and production of collagen is reduced. There are some things which can increase the appearance of fine lines around the mouth including smoking and sun exposure. There are many ways in which you can reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth and there are even some processes for getting rid of wrinkles to a certain degree.
Botox and fillers
A dermatologist can discuss the possibility of Botox and other fillers. Botox is injected into the skin anywhere wrinkles are found. It can be used on the brow, the neck, and even around the mouth area. Botox essentially paralyses facial muscles, reducing the appearance of fine lines. Botox lasts for three to four months, depending in the nature of the injection and the elasticity of your skin. There are also soft tissue fillers. Instead of paralysing the muscles, soft tissue fillers plump up the skin to give the appearance of smooth and wrinkle-free skin. The advantage of soft tissue fillers is that it can erase deep wrinkles. However, like Botox, it lasts only a few short months.
There are two different types of laser treatment available to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth. Ablative laser resurfacing is highly effective and very intense, and patients usually see results after a single treatment. However, it also has a six-month recovery time. There is a less intensive laser treatment available which involves pulsing light that does not damage the epidermis. It stimulates collagen production to make the skin appear smoother. It usually takes several treatments to observe any results, but there is no recovery time associated with this treatment.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels
Microdermabrasion, both in a clinical setting and at home, can reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. It removes a very fine layer of skin and stimulates collagen production. Chemical peels also remove a layer of skin. Both of these procedures usually require several treatments for any affect to be noticed.
Home remedies for wrinkles around the mouth
There are some things you can do at home to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and while none of these are as effective as clinical treatments, you can still achieve satisfactory results. Drink plenty of water and try an avocado face mask twice a week. You can even try mashing up some fresh avocado and spreading it on your skin. Rinse it off with cool water after ten minutes.