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How to Get Rid of Lines Around the Mouth

Posted on June 23, 2022

Lines and wrinkles around the mouth can be eliminated through various treatments.

You shouldn’t let concerns about wrinkles around the lips keep you from enjoying the happy things that often result in belly laughs. Yes, we are aware that smiling and laughing stretch the skin around your top lip, causing creases over time. But it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t live your life with unrestrained delight.

Fortunately, you can continue smiling and laughing a lot. There are many treatment options for lines around the mouth.

But what exactly are these treatments? How do they exactly work?

In this article, I will talk about the different types of lines around the mouth. I will also talk about how to treat lines around the mouth and the best treatment for you.

What Are Lip Lines or Lines on Lips?

Lip wrinkles, also known as lip lines, lipstick lines, or smoker’s lines, are the little vertical lines that occur on the lips of elderly people. Lip lines are known for being tough to hide. Getting rid of your lip lines rather than covering them up can easily remove ten years from your face.

In addition, lip wrinkles develop on both the lips and the skin of the upper lip. They occur on the lips as a series of thin vertical lines that typically reach from one side of the mouth to the other.

Lipstick also has a habit of settling in these lines, making them look darker and deeper than they are. They extend forward from the lip toward the nose above the lip. These creases are usually deeper and more prominent than those on your real lips.

Vertical creases and folds can be eliminated through non-surgical treatments.

Vertical creases and folds can be eliminated through non-surgical treatments.

Smokers' lines can be eliminated through lip treatments and maintained through proper skin care.

What Are Smokers Lines?

Lip lines, also known as smoker’s lines, are microscopic creases that appear on the skin between the top lip and the nose. Smoking can create them because the repetitive motion of puckering your lips leads to the production of these fine lines on the top lip.

However, the muscular activity that creates them is not limited to smoking. Similar fine lines are frequently detected in nonsmokers as well.

What Are Laughter Lines?

Laughter lines, also known as smile lines, are creases that form at the corners of the mouth and eyes. The creases become more visible when a person smiles or laughs, thus the moniker laughing lines.

Smile lines are an unavoidable aspect of ageing. Any lines or wrinkles you have might worsen or grow in number as you become older. Although the emergence of grin fine lines and wrinkles may appear to be unavoidable, there are expert methods for dealing with them swiftly and efficiently.

Stubborn laughter lines can make hurt your overall appearance.

Stubborn laughter lines can make hurt your overall appearance.

Lip wrinkles are deep creases that mess with your appearance.

Can You Have Wrinkles on Lips?

Wrinkles develop as your skin loses collagen. These are the fibres that keep your skin elastic and firm.

Collagen loss occurs naturally with age, but other skin components and certain lifestyle practices may hasten this process. The resultant creases are more noticeable in thinner parts of your face, such as around your lips.

While wrinkles occur in everyone as they age, there are strategies to minimise their appearance. You may even be able to prevent mouth wrinkles from forming early.

In addition, the mouth is one of the first areas of your face to acquire wrinkles. Part of this is related to the skin’s thinness, which already contains less collagen and elastin than other parts of the face. After turning 20 years old, your skin begins to produce an estimated 1% less collagen every year.

Aside from collagen, additional components of skin ageing to consider include elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). They contribute to skin elasticity and moisture, respectively. These are referred to as intrinsic or natural ageing.

Mouth wrinkles are also known as perioral wrinkles by aestheticians. This is a catch-all word for lines that form around the lips. There are several subtypes of wrinkles around the mouth to take mindful of.

Here are the most common mouth wrinkles:

Smile Lines

Also known as laugh lines, are creases that appear around the sides of your mouth. Grin lines, also known as nasolabial folds, are more visible when you laugh or smile. Nasolabial folds also tend to go deep.

Marionette Lines

These are yet another sort of wrinkle that appears as we age. They grow vertically from your lips to your chin, giving you a drooping look.

Lipstick Lines

There are other wrinkles that solely affect your lips. Lip lines and wrinkles that grow along your top lip as well as directly on the lips themselves are known as lipstick lines.

What Causes Lines Around Your Mouth?

As collagen synthesis declines, your skin thins and loses elasticity. Lips that are normally plump in youth become obviously flattened as you age.

Ageing skin also generates less oil, which can contribute to chronic dryness. Because of their continual exposure to the outdoors, your lips are especially prone to dryness. All those winters with chapped lips tend to catch up with you eventually.

Sun exposure is another major factor behind lip lines. Lip skin is extremely fragile and frequently gets uncovered. The fundamental cause of accelerated ageing is UV radiation exposure from the sun. This is referred to as photoageing.

Cigarette smoking is a common cause of upper lip creases and wrinkles around your mouth. Smoking causes the body to manufacture free radicals, which contribute to accelerated ageing. It’s also likely that the repetitive process of dragging causes lip creases.

Lip wrinkles and wrinkles around the mouth may also be caused by the pursing of the lips when drinking via a straw or by recurrent facial movements.

Horizontal and vertical creases and folds are caused by ageing.

Horizontal and vertical creases and folds are caused by ageing.

Chemical peeling and laser resurfacing can help restore your skin's health.

How Can I Get Rid of Lines and Wrinkles Around the Mouth?

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel, one of the most popular anti-ageing procedures, works by removing the top layer of your skin (epidermis) to expose smoother, more radiant skin beneath. These are often performed on a regular basis to aid in the maintenance of your results.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is often paired with micro-needling in a technique known as a vampire facial.

During this procedure, the PRP is extracted from your own blood platelets and centrifuged before being injected back into your skin. PRP can help build plumper-looking skin and decrease wrinkles, but you’ll probably need it again within a year.

Dermal Filler

A cosmetic doctor may recommend an injectable dermal filler procedure for deeper smile lines and marionette lines. A dermal filler contains substances such as hyaluronic acid and poly-L-lactic acid. Plus, a dermal filler help plump the targeted region of skin and temporarily smooth out wrinkles.

The effects of a dermal filler treatment fade off after months, and you’ll need further dermal filler injections to keep the effect.


Botox London (botulinum toxin type A), which is also provided through injection, works by relaxing facial muscles that may cause a tight, wrinkled look.

While Botox in London is primarily recognised for treating eye wrinkles, Botox may also help treat lip and upper lip lines, as well as enhance the look of marionette lines.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a more intrusive wrinkle treatment. A cosmetic doctor employs high-powered laser beams to remove the outer layer of your skin, which may result in scarring accidentally.

You will also need to repeat a laser resurfacing treatment after a few months, much as with other skin procedures.

How to Get Rid of Smile Lines

Here’s how you can eliminate your smile lines:

Surgical Procedures

You can have surgery to get rid of nasolabial folds and other wrinkles around your lips. Surgery can also help eliminate problems caused by excessive sun exposure. However, surgery can be expensive. On top of that, the recovery period can take many weeks.

Given this, some patients do not go for surgical procedures such as facelifts despite producing great results.

Non-Surgical Procedures

There are many excellent non-surgical alternatives to surgical procedures. The results are the same (e.g. getting rid of issues caused by sun exposure). The only difference is that you don’t have to go under the knife.

Non-surgical procedures like a dermal filler treatment include hyaluronic acid, the ultimate skin moisturiser. By getting more hyaluronic acid, your skin becomes more youthful.

Many non-surgical treatments like laser resurfacing also promote collagen production.

You can restore your skin's health through surgical and non-surgical procedures.

You can restore your skin's health through surgical and non-surgical procedures.

The best anti ageing treatment for your lips depends on many factors.

What Is the Best Treatment for Lip Lines?

There is no universal answer to this.

The best treatment depends on your goals, needs, and the assessment of your doctor. You can also have more than one treatment for lip wrinkles and lines. Just make sure you go to a board certified cosmetic doctor so you can make an informed decision and choose the best treatment.

Visit Julian de Silva – Dermal Filler, London

Looking for a board certified cosmetic doctor to treat those stubborn lines around your lips? Contact us and book a consultation with Dr. Julian De Silva now!

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

About the Author

Dr Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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