Mouth Wrinkles – Marionette Lines
Getting Rid of Your Mouth Wrinkles (Marionette Lines) in NYC
As we age, wrinkles develop on our face, usually on the forehead, between the eyebrows, below the eyes and also around the mouth. Wrinkles around the mouth are also known as marionette lines or perioral wrinkles. Wrinkles around the mouth usually do not appear until the fourth decade of life. In some unlucky individuals with a family history, these mouth wrinkles may appear earlier.
In general, women are more likely to develop wrinkles around the mouth than men mainly because their skin is thin and the underlying support tissues are fragile. The primary reasons for developing wrinkles is aging, smoking and prolonged sun exposure. Mouth wrinkles can make the face look serious, angry or sad, even when one is relaxed. Most women seek treatment because they want their face to look youthful and refreshed.
Initially, mouth wrinkles may appear when the individual is speaking or eating but with time, the wrinkles progress and become permanent. The reason why people seek help for mouth wrinkles is because it negatively affects their appearance.
Can Mouth Wrinkles be prevented?
One way to prevent wrinkles is to keep the face relaxed and this means not smiling or laughing all the time. Training muscles of the facial expression to be relaxed is time-consuming and requires patience. In reality, this preventive method to treat wrinkles is not realistic or practical. In general, one should maintain good skin hygiene – this means avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun and using a sunscreen with a high SPF when going out.To prevent mouth wrinkles from worsening it is important to stop smoking.
What treatments are available at Rejuve NYC for mouth wrinkles?
Once mouth wrinkles develop, there are several ways to make them less obvious. There are some topical products that can boost collagen and elastin levels in skin, but often these products do not work. The topical creams that are hydrating seem to work better than most but the results are not immediate. Often these hydrating creams have to be used for many months but as soon as they are discontinued the benefit disappears.
Other options include dermabrasion, use of chemical peels, vampire facelift, laser, Botox and a non surgical facelift. Dermabrasion often does not work for deep wrinkles but may work for fine lines. The use of chemical peels around the mouth is not widely accepted because of the potential of ingestion.
Botox is frequently used to reverse mouth wrinkles. The vampire facelift is a relatively new procedure (also known as Selphyl), which entails injection of patient’s own blood back into the wrinkles. This technique is slightly more expensive as it also requires removal of the patient’s blood, preparing the platelet rich plasma and injecting it back into the wrinkle.
The surgical facelift is usually not performed just for mouth wrinkles and is usually recommended in individuals with other skin imperfections on the face. The surgical facelift is also quite expensive. The procedure requires anesthesia and there is a finite downtime. Botox is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for this condition.