Wrinkles around the lips are a common concern of aging. Even though they are difficult to treat, the right method can produce noticeable results. While there are no facials that will diminish wrinkles around the lips, there are laser peels, plumping fillers and other procedures a dermatologist can suggest. Understand what a few of these treatments are to prep yourself for your visit to a dermatologist.


Causes and Prevention

Wrinkles around the mouth are one of the signs of aging. Lip volume decreases and skin loses elastin and collagen which give it its smooth appearance. Environmental factors, such as the sun, can dry the skin and accelerate the loss of collagen and elastin. Wear sunblock and use a prescribed retinol cream at night. According to Mary Lupo, M.D., this combination will improve skin’s texture over several months.


Injections

Consult your dermatologist about injections for deeper wrinkles. Generally, injections stimulate collagen production. According to Mary Lupo, “deep wrinkles are caused in large part by a loss of volume in the tissue below the skin, which only injections … can restore.” For results that can last up to two years, Lupo suggests sculptra — a synthetic lactic acid that triggers production of collagen. According to Kris M. Reddy, M.D., botox can be injected in small amounts to dynamic wrinkles — wrinkles caused by continuous movement from muscles attached to the skin.


Fillers

Ask your dermatologist what fillers can do for you. Fillers plump the skin to give the appearance of a smoother texture and are recommended for patients with superficial wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid — a naturally occurring lubricating substance that is present throughout the body — is a popular filler. Results last around six months and if a patient is unhappy with the results the procedure can easily be reversed. Lupo suggests hyaluronic acid fillers as the best choice for deeper lines around the mouth.


Resurfacing Laser

Smooth individual wrinkles with a resurfacing laser if you want results that can last up to several years. These treatments are nonablative — the skin’s top layer is left intact — and are generally for those under 50. Lupo says, “if you’re over 50 and your lines are quite deep, I recommend an ablative (meaning the skin’s top layers are removed) resurfacing treatment.” One treatment can give profound improvement in wrinkles as collagen production increases. Bear in mind, both treatments require a minimum downtime of three days for the skin to heal.