Getting older also means developing fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth. These generally are worse on people who smoke — the puckering motion involved in puffing on cigarettes contributes to the problem, as does the many chemicals in cigarette smoke (research shows that cigarette smoking causes biochemical changes that accelerate aging) — although almost all of us will develop some wrinkles around our mouths as we age. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the way your skin looks is directly related to the way your skin is supported. “As we age, the natural support layers in the skin break down, resulting in wrinkles,” adds Dr. Joshua Fox, a respected dermatologist.
To treat those vertical lines above your mouth as well as the dreaded nasolabial folds (also known as “marionette” or “puppet” lines) that frame your lips like a pair of parentheses, dermatologists have a few options, says Dr. Fox. The best are injectable fillers; many are made with a purified form of hyaluronic acid (HLA), a naturally occurring sugar that’s found throughout the body, in the fluids surrounding cells and tissues. The best products with FDA approval yet don’t require skin tests are Restylane, Juvederm Ultra – 3-4 Months, Perlane, Juvederm Ultrafine 5-8 months and Radiesse 9 months – 2 years is how long they last.
The fillers are injected just under the skin’s surface to add volume lost during the aging process by temporarily smoothing out lines and wrinkles. The hyaluronic acid fills the space between collagen and elastin fibers, helping hydrate the skin by holding in water and acting as a cushioning agent. The treatment is practically painless and the effect will be noticeable almost immediately, says Dr. Fox.