You can get lines around your mouth from smoking, but can also get them from other things, such as the repetitive use of muscles in your mouth, such as when you talk, drink from a straw, etc. Lip lines can also appear due to loss of volume and elasticity in this area due to aging. No matter how you got your lines, there are things you can do to make them fade or go away. Below are two treatments the cosmetic surgeon may suggest.
Botox can work very well to treat lines around the mouth but is most effective at removing fine to moderate lines. If you have deep wrinkles around your mouth, you will need a different type of treatment.
You will have to get more than one treatment of Botox to take care of this problem. How many treatments you'll need depends on how many lines you have. The doctor will only use very small amounts of Botox and generally use things like collagen induction along with the Botox.
The Botox is injected with a needle into different areas. It is usually not a painful procedure and you will only feel pain from the prick of the needle. The treatment can be done during the office visit and there is no downtime.
Botox is not a permanent procedure, so you will have to return to the office for repeat injections to keep the wrinkles at bay. How often this is depends on your specific case.
Make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to learn much more about Botox so you can decide if this is something you would like to do. It is of the upmost importance that you choose a board certified cosmetic surgeon to ensure the procedure is done correctly.
Resurfacing is often used to treat lip wrinkles and even works well for deeper wrinkles. The doctor will use a laser to resurface the areas. When they are done, you will have a wound in this area. As the wound heels, this will stimulate your skin to produce skin cells, such as epidermis and collagen.
The laser works by the doctor using a device that directs pulsating beams of light at the wrinkled area. This will remove the skin layer by layer.
The new skin is healthier and smoother when compared to the old skin and will soften wrinkles. There is downtime required as you will have to wait for the wound to completely heal to see the results.
There are things you can do on your own, such as always wear sunscreen before you go outside and stop drinking from a bottle. Keep your lip area moisturized as dry lips will make the wrinkles more prominent.