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The top 7 tips for a luscious lip area
Mohiba K Tareen, MD posted:
Dear Readers,

I recently had a great question from a community member about those pesky lines that form around the lips. Here are my top 7 tips for those lip lines. I hope that helps

One of the first places where patients start to notice the aging process is around the lips (perioral area) and eyes (periorbital area). The skin in these areas is markedly thinner than the rest of the face leading to fine vertical lines around the mouth and horizontal line around the eyes. These fine lines are initially noticed only when the patient is making expressions (dynamic lines). Over time though, if the lines are allowed to deepen, they can actually even be noticed when the face is at rest (static lines). While these lines can form in both men and women, they can be especially bothersome to women — particularly when lipstick then bleed into these lip lines.
Today, we will focus on the top 7 suggestions to prevent and treat those pesky vertical lip lines.
  1. No smoking: this is the most preventable thing you can do to minimize lip lines. Not only does smoking require pursed lips, it also exudes substances toxic to skin rejuvenation.
  2. Do not make strong, repeated expressions and minimize pursing of the lips. Of course, you should be yourself, but try not to make hard scowls. Not only will this help diminish the lines, it will also naturally make you feel better!
  3. Protect yourself from sun damage that can thin out the skin even further and make the lines more obvious. Use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or 30 daily and repeat applications every 90 -120 minutes if you are in the sun.
  4. Maximize your skin care regimen with an antioxidant (such as Vitamin C , green tea, or coffeeberry) that can help reverse and minimize environmental and sun damage to the area. Also, using an alpha hydroxy acid or topical retinoid (preferably prescription strength) at night will help to stimulate collagen and elastin production to help fill in the lines over time.
  5. Very small amounts of Botox / Dysport can help soften the muscles that contribute to the fine lines. As the muscles around the mouth are very sensitive to Botox, you may have trouble whistling or pursing the lips especially with overaggressive treatment. This treatment is definitely not recommended for singers or performers as it may slightly compromise your ability to pronounce 'b' or 'p.'
  6. A soft filler such as Collagen or Restylane can fill in the deeper lines. Very little is needed in this area so it typically is not too expensive. As with any filler, it is important that the person treating you has considerable experience — the perioral area needs very subtle filling or it may look bumpy and unnatural.
  7. Laser skin resurfacing of the perioral area can be very helpful to rejuvenate the area. However, special attention must be paid in darker skin tones to avoid complications such as pigmentary alteration and scarring so it is imporant to see a dermatologist with special expertise.
Preventing and treating those early lip lines is key to a soft, youthful look. For more skin tips, education, and information please visit
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