Natural substances such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that provide the skin with structure and volume decrease with age. The lips in particular have an extremely thin outer skin layer which becomes progressively thinner with age. This, together with environmental factors such as exposure to sunlight, smoking and stress, all contribute to how our lips age and the formation of lip wrinkles.
Decreased levels of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid Muscle action Gravity Sun damage Smoking
Over time the corners of the mouth can begin to droop (mouth frown), the shaped area of the upper lip known as the Cupid's Bow begins to flatten out and we start to lose the appearance of full lips and volume. Lip lines and lip wrinkles can also begin to appear due to lip muscle movement and cause lipstick to bleed.
Mouth frown Cupid's Bow flattening Volume loss Vertical lip lines (lip wrinkles) Example of lip ageing over the decades
Injectable dermal fillers can be used to treat the border of the upper and/or lower lip to enhance lip contour and definition. Dermal fillers can effectively treat lip lines and lip wrinkles that come with lip ageing. Lip volume can also be improved with treatment in the lip body to create more full lips.
If you are interested in treatments to reduce your lip wrinkles and the signs of lip ageing you may want to find a medical professional with experience in lip wrinkle treatments and lip enhancement and someone familiar with Cosmetic Rejuvenation Techniques. To make the selection process easier, consider using our Clinic Finder. Clinics listed here have medical professionals who focus on wrinkle treatment and facial aesthetics, with a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and the ageing process that causes wrinkles. They are currently practising cosmetic rejuvenation techniques and may be able to answer any queries.