How do I best treat lip wrinkles? (Photo)
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There are many treatment approaches that can be used to address lines around the mouth.
There are many treatment approaches that can be used to address lines around the mouth. The best option is usually a combination of several interventions, creating more lasting results. I recommend that you seek out an experienced and respected facial plastic surgeon at a clinic that offers a comprehensive approach to management with energy based treatments, as well as dermal injectables. Your best option may be to utilize laser resurfacing to stimulate natural cell turnover, as well as dermal fillers such as Juvederm to “fill in” the lines around the mouth. Lifestyle habits of avoiding smoking and ensuring proper hydration will also help to reduce the appearance of new lines around the mouth.
The short version of a long story is that there are multiple techniques that can be utilized including Botox, filler, lasers, and chemical peels. In my experience, it's usually a combination of therapies that results in the best outcomes. I recommend an in-person consult with an expert. To maximize the likelihood of a favorable outcome, I recommend that you only get treated by a well-trained and experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
Hope this opinion is helpful to you. Best of luck, Dr. Frucht.
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Treating lip wrinkles
There are both short-term and long-term options for this, as you asked. The best way to address these initially is with prevention, which can consist of avoiding puckering your lips while you brush your teeth, use a straw, etc. Botox and Dysport also fall under the topic up prevention, as they can be used to prevent this muscle from contracting and creating those radiating lines in the first place.
Re-creating some of the lost volume with a filler can also improve these lines, I don't love to put filler directly underneath the lines, as it doesn't last terribly long, but this can be an option in select cases.
The most definitive way to treat these lines is with a resurfacing procedure, the gold standard being a CO2 laser resurfacing.
To ensure you are receiving the highest level of care, seek out a modernly trained, new-school dermatologic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is board certified and fellowship trained in one of these "core four" cosmetic specialties.