If the lines around the mouth are just starting, we can use Botox or Dysport. The idea is that it makes it harder for you to purse your lips and relaxes or spreads the muscle a little bit so the lip appears smoother. Botox/Dysport is very effective if the lines are just beginning but because we want to keep a natural expression, we only use tiny amounts. As a result the effects may only last 6-8 weeks. A better treatment is to use very small amounts of dermal fillers like Juvederm, and Restylane. In a very precise way, we inject a very small amount of volume (no big unnatural lips at CSLC!) under the wrinkle and stimulate new collagen. Results are immediate and it is not uncommon for a patient to get dermal fillers in the lip lines a couple of times and then see improvement for a couple of years. Every employee has dermal fillers at CSLC. Stop in and check it out!
Lip lines are more difficult to treat when someone has developed lots of deep lines around the mouth. This is generally hereditary or from years of smoking. When someone comes in for a complimentary consultation with this condition, we generally recommend the FX laser in combination with injections.