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What Causes Lip Lines and Wrinkles?

May 01, 2023
What Causes Lip Lines and Wrinkles?
Have you ever wondered why lip lines and wrinkles sneak up on you? While it's part of the natural aging process, you can prevent and treat them to maintain your youthful glow. Read on to learn more.

As you age, it's normal for your skin to change, and one of the most noticeable signs is the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. While these unwelcome guests might be inevitable, understanding what causes them can help you slow their arrival and maintain a more youthful appearance. 

At the Beverly Hills Plaza Medi Spa in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Neal Handel and his skilled team can help you combat these signs of aging with state-of-the-art treatments. 

In this article, he explores the factors contributing to lip lines and wrinkles and how to combat them.

How do lip lines and wrinkles form?

Lip lines, also known as smoker's lines or lipstick lines, are the vertical lines that form above and below your lips. Conversely, wrinkles are folds, creases, or ridges in the skin that develop as you age.

Several factors contribute to the formation of lip lines and wrinkles, including the following:

  • Aging: Your skin loses collagen and elastin, proteins that provide it with structure and elasticity as you age. This natural decline results in thinner, less plump skin, making it more prone to wrinkling.
  • Sun exposure: While early morning rays can be great for you, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun damages collagen and elastin, accelerating aging and making wrinkles more prominent.
  • Smoking: Cigarette smoke contains harmful chemicals that break down collagen and elastin, causing lip lines and wrinkles to form. The repetitive puckering motion you make when you smoke can also cause lines around the mouth.
  • Genetics: Genes play a significant role in how your skin ages. If your parents have more pronounced lip lines and wrinkles, you may be more susceptible to developing them.
  • Environmental factors: Pollution, stress, and poor nutrition can contribute to skin damage and the formation of lip lines and wrinkles.

When it comes down to it, it's challenging to predict if and when you are likely to develop lip lines and wrinkles.

How can lip lines and wrinkles be prevented? 

While some factors that contribute to the formation of these lines are beyond your control, there are steps you can take to prevent and minimize lip lines and wrinkles.

For starters, wear sunscreen daily with a high SPF and limit sun exposure to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. If you smoke, eliminating smoking from your lifestyle can profoundly improve your skin's health and appearance.

Maintaining a diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can also help slow down the aging process and promote healthy skin.

Treatment for lip lines and wrinkles

Dr. Neal Handel and his team offer cutting-edge treatments to address lip lines and wrinkles at the Beverly Hills Plaza Medi Spa. Some popular options include:

Botox and fillers

Injectable fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane® can help plump the skin, reducing the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles. Botox is also a popular treatment, which involves injecting small amounts of botulinum toxin into the facial muscles. These injections help relax the muscles and reduce wrinkles.

Laser treatments

Non-invasive laser treatments, such as Fraxel or CO2 lasers, stimulate collagen production and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


This minimally invasive procedure involves using tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, promoting collagen production and improving the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles.

While lip lines and wrinkles are a natural part of aging, understanding their causes and taking preventive steps can help you maintain plump and youthful skin. 

At the Beverly Hills Plaza Medi Spa, Dr. Handel and his team provide personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and concerns. 

Remember, there is always time to take charge of your skin's health and gracefully embrace aging. You can book an appointment with us online today or call 310-388-4568.