Most patients associate lip injections with enhancement of lip shape or size.
However, these injectable treatments are also able to smooth fine lines around the lips – a benefit that you may not be aware of.
If you are bothered by vertical lip lines, continue reading to learn the causes, treatments, and prevention of perioral wrinkles.

What Causes Fine Lines Around Lips?

Fine lines around the lips can occur for a variety of reasons. Among the top culprits are smoking and sun damage, which accelerate the breakdown of collagen and elastin and make skin more prone to creasing.
Additionally, repeated facial movements, such as pursing and puckering, can also cause skin above the lips to wrinkle.
Age-related volume loss is another factor that contributes to fine lines around lips, especially when it’s present in the lower lip. In fact, this imbalance requires muscles to work harder to push lips together and, over time, can result in perioral lines.
Finally, dental issues, such as buck teeth or a recessed chin, can also accentuate lines on the upper lips because they have to overcompensate to bring lips together.

What Are the Best Treatments for Fine Lines Around Lips?

A hyaluronic acid filler, such as Restylane Silk or Juvederm Volbella, provide instant smoothing of fine lines around the lips, with zero downtime time.
This injectable treatment is often combined with microneedling or laser resurfacing to stimulate collagen and diminish wrinkles. It’s recommended that patients schedule either of these procedures two-to-four weeks after undergoing fillers.

How to Prevent Fine Lines Around Lips?

Daily use of a braid-spectrum sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF and quitting smoking are two of the key ways to prevent fine lines around the lips.
It’s also a good idea to make a conscious effort to avoid pursing or puckering lips, which means forgoing frequent use of straws.
If you are concerned with fine lines around the lips, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Singh.