It’s one of life’s small injustices – women are more prone than men to form wrinkles around the mouth. There are a few reasons why:
- Women have fewer oil-producing sebaceous glands around the upper lip – meaning there is less oil to keep the skin soft and supple.
- Women (particularly postmenopausal women) have fewer blood vessels in the upper lip area, so there is less blood flow to the area providing nutrients to the skin.
- The muscles around the mouth are closer to the skin in women than they are in men. This can mean that any repetitive motion like drinking from a straw or water bottle, pursing the lips, or smoking is more likely to lead to wrinkles.
A combination of a high-quality peptide serum (DermaQuest’s Peptide Line Corrector), a series of peels (Enerpeel® Lip & Eye Peel), SmartSkin Fractional CO2, Smooth Thread solid fillers, and/or injectable dermal fillers gives us a large arsenal to soften or eliminate the wrinkles around the mouth.
The best ways of avoiding these wrinkles in the first place is by not smoking; wearing a mineral based sun screen every day of the year; avoiding repeated motions like pursing your lips, whistling, and drinking from straws or water bottles; and keeping your skin well moisturized.