How to Treat Lines Around the Mouth

lines around the mouth

For many people, as they get older, the lines around the mouth can be a cause of insecurity and worry. Whilst wrinkles and lines are a natural part of growing older, for some people they feel self conscious and nervous about it – so look for ways to help improve the appearance of those lines.

lineThe nasolabial folds, which are more commonly known as “smile lines” or “laugh lines” do become more obviously as you get older. When these lines become very deep, they can make you look tired, older and even unhappy (giving you a permanent looking frown expression).

Nasolabial folds appear to become more prominent due to a variety of factors:

  • Sun exposure

  • Changes in texture

  • Loss of collagen with age

  • Loss of fat with age

  • Weight loss

  • Unhealthy Diet

  • Smoking

The ideal results for most people is to see those lines smooth out, make the skin softer and plumper, and have the wrinkles fill out. When this is achieved, it gives the effect of a more youthful appearance and means people are much less self conscious about smiling, laughing and enjoying themselves. The treatment helps improve confidence, and helps you to feel proud of your appearance once more, and comfortable in your skin.

But what are the best methods to treating lines around the mouth? First let’s talk about the aesthetic treatments that are available.

Smile Line Softening with Fillers

Smile line softening is a treatment we offer here at Harley Street MD, and it’s a popular treatment choice for getting rid and fading those smile lines around the mouth. Whilst the treatment doesn’t completely get rid of them, and the effect isn’t permanent, it is an impactful treatment with very visible results that last anywhere from 12 months to 18 months. We’ve seen this treatment transport people’s faces for the better, and give them a boost in confidence too.

Dermal fillers are injected into the areas of wrinkling / lines and they help to restore that lack of volume and give you facial features a little more plumpness. This immediately makes the area look more youthful, and provides structural supports which then lift up deep creases and lines. It’s minimally painful, and if you’re OK with needles, this treatment shouldn’t worry you at all.

The filler that is injected also helps to stimulate your body’s natural hyaluronic acid (HA) in the treated areas. This helps keep skin more hydrated and youthful-looking too – so is an added benefit to the treatment. The filler we use is FDA approved and CE-marked, so you can be assured the products are safe, reliable and effective.

This treatment is a fantastic option for those who don’t want permanent surgery – but do want to see long-lasting and guaranteed results. It’s also fantastic for people who don’t want to take time off work, as the down-time is minimal and most people can return to work the same, or the next day.

Book a consultation and speak to our experts today.

Anti-wrinkle creams

There are many anti-wrinkle treatments and creams that can have a positive effect on the smile lines around your mouth. Using creams to treat the area can be much cheaper that paying for a filler treatment (above) but creams don’t tend to offer as proven or as visible results.

Lots of women will end up trying many creams before they find one that works (which can be an expensive journey) and many women never even see the drastic changes they hoped for when using creams.

Whilst some creams may give you results and work well, they are few and far between, and it can take weeks (if not months) to see the results starting to take shape. If you’re patient this might be a good option for you, but if you want to see results immediately and you don’t want to be worried about applying cream twice a day – we’d recommend the filler treatment above.

Surgery – facelift

Finally, if you want to see a fully permanent result, surgery would be the final option. Many women steer clear of this option, as the thought of surgery on your face can (quite rightly) seem a little scary.

For lots of women, this is the right choice for them. Especially those women who have multiple issues with their facial area that they would like resolving, as a facelift can often address several areas.

However a facelift does require serious financial commitment and a serious time commitment too – as you will need to take time off to recover immediately following the surgery and perhaps for several weeks afterwards. This can hinder going about your day-to-day life, so this can be off putting to many.

And whilst the results can be transformative, there are also more risks involved with surgery too – as is the case with any invasive procedure.

If you feel this is not for you, we do offer the option of a non-surgical facelift which can restore lost volume, tighten your skin, eliminate fine lines, soften deep creases as well as improves the symmetry and harmony of your face.

Dr. Chia Tan
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