Unfortunately lip lines are part of aging and as luck would have it they are right there in the center of your face – just staring back at you every time you look in the mirror. It can be frustrating when you have done everything to avoid them – stayed out of the sun, never smoked and still there they are because just the simple act of kissing, smiling, talking, laughing and even drinking out of a straw can cause them.

Many woman will see their first perioral or vertical lip lines as early as their 20s. Luckily there are some options and things you can do to reduce their appearance and get a more youthful and rejuvenated look.

Why is this happening?

Repetitive use of the muscles around your mouth, heredity, sun exposure and smoking certainly make the fine lines around your mouth and lips more noticeable.

Can you stop them?

While its impossible to prevent them completely, there are some changes you can make in your daily routine or habits that can help prevent further damage. First and foremost stop smoking, avoid the sun and use sunscreen everyday and not drinking through a straw will all help.

How can you treat them?

At home always reach for serum or cream that boost collagen production and smooth the skin – they should include antioxidants hyaluronic acid. Other options are microneedling and laser treatments to stimulate the growth of collagen or injectables to help fill in the lines.

There have been great advances in hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that are now formulated with smaller molecules to effectively treat such fine lines as those around the mouth. Restylane Silk will produce a natural and beautiful look without over-filling or inflating the lips to look unnatural.