What do Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, James Dean and Brigitte Bardot have in common? Well other than being famous celebrities, these actors each have a pair of some of the best lips in Hollywood! All of us want full plump lips. There are those of us lucky enough to be born with a great set of lips. But time is the great leveler and as we age lines, grooves and volume loss appears around the mouth. This march of time across our mouth is most difficult to conceal. Not only this, but once wrinkles appear around the mouth, total elimination is not an option. Does that mean we are stuck with thin, wrinkled and sad little lips? Hardly! There are several treatments available to plump, boost and smooth your lips to turn that frown upside-down!
It goes without saying, the best recommendation for keeping our lips full and flawless is to work toward aging prevention. However, if preventing the signs of aging was not your main concern in your younger years, we at JVD have a few treatments we recommend to turn back the clock.
When considering ways to keep our lips from drying we should remember three things; moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. There are many topical products that will not only moisturize, but will also stimulate collagen and elastin production. Retinol creams and products with alpha-hydroxy acid can help to soften lines and wrinkles.
Sometimes a layer of dead skin can build up over our healthy smooth skin. Dermabrasions and chemical peels can help to remove the upper layer of skin so a new layer can grow, which can diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
You may have read through our previous posts concerning the importance of collagen in the skin. Laser treatments, such as photo-facial, are specifically designed to stimulate collagen naturally. This can be very effective as it stimulates your body’s natural ability to build its own collagen. There are actually several treatments which initiate this response in your body. Among those treatments to consider are Sublative Resurfacing, which uses radiofrequency to boost collagen. BTL uses focused ultrasound waves to encourage much the same response. Micro-needling is another procedure that can effectively stimulate collagen and elastin production to smooth out areas of concern.
Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators, which can relax facial muscles and smooth out lines. Anyone who knows anything about these neuromodulators knows they are most often used to ease “your elevens”, which are what we call those lines between your eyebrows. However, few have heard that this treatment can be very effective in small amounts around the mouth. The dosage may be smaller when compared to other treatment areas; even so, we at JVD have found it to be very useful to smooth fine lines around the mouth.
Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are very effective at adding volume and definition to the lips. But did you know that this also helps to smooth out the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
These options are available to you here at Jordan Valley Dermatology and we would be happy to discuss them with you in a complimentary consultation. Currently we have a combination package, which we are calling the Complete Lip Package1, is available at considerable savings. The Complete Lip Package addresses the concerns of the aging mouth.
Some of the inevitable results of aging are the lines and wrinkles in the forehead, between the brows, below the eyes and around the mouth. With the aging process, everyone will eventually get these, but because of the difference in skin structure, women are more likely to develop these problems around the mouth than men. Some of the causes are associated not only with age and repetitive muscle movement, but genetics, sun exposure and smoking as well.
Collagen and elastin diminishes as we age and the fat pads in our cheeks get smaller and separate. The collagen and elastin loss as well as gravity causes the unsupported tissue to settle in around the mouth and jowls causing deeper smile lines as well as vertical lines and wrinkles at the corners of the mouth and excess tissue in the jowl area. This creates a downturned expression that can make you look overly serious, sad or angry, even when you’re not.
Lips also thin and flatten with age and the result is loss of the youthful definition of the mouth. The chin also has obvious changes as well because of tissue and volume loss. The chin crease becomes longer and more downturned making the chin appear more pronounced.
Vertical lip lines also appear as we get older and are unavoidable because of consistent lip movement, estrogen loss as well as sun exposure. They are also referred to as “smoker’s lines” because regular pursing of the lips while smoking as well as the harmful effects associated with it are major contributors to this problem. Drinking with a straw, waxing or threading the upper lip can also be contributing factors. It should also go without saying, if you smoke, it is important to stop! Besides putting your respiratory and cardiac system at risk for disease, smoking dries your lips which deepens lines around the lips. Sorry socialite, you’ll have to kick the habit if you want a pair of showstoppers.
This is a promise that so many advertisers make. Usually it is used to promote various creams and potions. To truly reverse the signs of aging is a difficult process. It is not enough to expect that a cream will do the job if the body is lacking the building blocks to remake the lost collagen. Your body needs the proper tools to regenerate collagen to therefore look and feel younger.
A study conducted by M.Brincat, PhD1 looked at postmenopausal women who received 4 different regimens of estrogen replacement therapy. The groups had baseline collagen measured by using a 3mm punch to test the skin on their thighs. Each group was started on one of four different therapies.
These treatments were administered for the next six months. Additional skin sampling was done again after 3 and 6 months of therapy.
The two groups that did well were the 50 mg Estrogen subcutaneous pellet as well as the 50 mg Estrogen subcutaneous pellet paired with the 100 mg testosterone subcutaneous pellet. It should be noted that neither the gel nor the very high dose of estrogen gave an increase in collagen.
When interpreting these results and drawing our conclusion, we can easily see that it is important to have your hormones at an optimal level to increase and maintain good collagen levels. Our goal is to maintain a more youthful look by maintaining and increasing the health of your skin. Estrogen and Testosterone have a direct impact on our collagen, which is the protein responsible for the structure of our skin.
No they are not. If you then choose to do the other therapies like fillers, laser treatments and BTL treatments you will potentially see greater benefits for your money spent on other anti-aging treatments when you hormones are optimized.