Botox® Mouth Lip Lines Treatment
A beautiful smile is a sight to behold and can light up a room. Some people are fortunate to have an appealing mouth even when it is in resting phase. Others may not be quite as lucky due to lip lines. These lines take time to appear and are most visible on older adults.
Lip lines become more visible after years have gone by for several reasons. The older we get, the more the skin goes through changes. The proteins collagen and elastin in the skin begin to break down with aging. This causes the skin to lose its elasticity. Bone and muscle shrink as we get older. Between the breakdown of supportive proteins and the loss of bone and muscle mass, the skin becomes more prone to wrinkles.
Lip lines are also formed by years of smoking. The puckering of the lips to hold a cigarette causes wrinkles to form over time. Environmental factors also play a role. Pollution, UV rays and other environmental toxins contribute to premature aging of the skin. Botox® injections can help reduce the appearance of lip lines and aid in creating a more youthful look.
Effecting Change with Botox Injections
Botox is not a dermal filler. It works as a neuromodulator, inhibiting muscle movement by blocking nerve signals to the brain. The muscles in your lower face affect the appearance of the overlying skin. When the muscles in the targeted area are injected with Botox, they do not move as much. This, in turn, allows the overlying skin to rest smoother. While this treatment can give satisfactory results, it is often used in combination with a dermal filler.
The skin in and around the lips may need to be plumped up with a dermal filler in order to produce the desired results. The filler reduces the appearance of wrinkles in and around the lips while the Botox treatment relaxes the muscles so the skin will look smoother. Your doctor will examine the area and determine the best approach for achieving the optimal results.
You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Khosh or Michele Rivard, PA, for a consultation to find out more about addressing the issue of lip lines. Contact Creative Facial Aesthetics now to make your appointment.