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What Are Some Treatments for Wrinkles Around the Mouth?

    Stop Smoking

    • If you are a smoker, stop now. Smoking not only causes health problems in general, but the physical action of smoking contributes to wrinkles around the lips. Damage to your appearance is just one more reason to stop.

    Exercise Your Mouth

    • Put one of your index fingers into your mouth at each corner. Pull your mouth gently sideways. Then contract your lips, resisting against your fingers, to form an "O" with your lips. Hold for three seconds, then release. Repeat 20 times.

      Pucker your lips as if you were going to kiss someone. Hold the position for several seconds, then smile widely. Repeat 20 times.

    Over The Counter Remedies

    • Drugstores and cosmetic counters are filled with wrinkle creams and lotions. If possible, consult a cosmetician who can recommend a product to meet your needs.

      AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) lotion or cream help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is available without a prescription.

      Use a microdermabrasion cloth to gently exfoliate the lip area, removing dead cells and exposing younger-looking skin.

    Professional Treatments

    • Cosmetic fillers can produce dramatic improvements to facial wrinkles, including those around the lips.

      Ask your dermatologist about such fillers as Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast, Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane or Radiesse. Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm are gels composed of hyaluronic acid. Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast are made of purified human collagen.

      The improvements from Cosmoderm and Cosmoplast usually last from two to three months. Restylane lasts three to six months; Juvederm lasts from four to nine months; and Radiesse lasts up to one year.

      Start with a small amount to see if you like it and to avoid the puffed up look noticeable on some movie actresses. There may be some redness and swelling at the site that usually clears in one day.

      Botox is purified botulism toxin. It relaxes the facial muscles to stop them from continuing to produce wrinkling. It lasts from four to six months.

      An injectible called Artefill contains purified bovine collagen; its effects are permanent.

      If you would like a more aggressive treatment, consider laser treatment, performed by a cosmetic dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Non-ablative lasers treat the underlying layers of skin. Ablative lasers remove some of the top layers of the skin. New, tightened skin is revealed once the laser injury is healed, usually within a week to 10 days.

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