If you see wrinkles above your upper lip, you need to take steps now to take care of them before they get worse. The most common reasons someone develops wrinkles in this area is due to aging. This is because as you age the collagen and elastin breaks down, which causes your skin to lose firmness. Smoking also plays a significant role in developing wrinkles in this area, as well as drinking from a straw, talking, and any repetitive mouth movements. Fortunately, there are things you can do so you will not see wrinkles when you look in the mirror, two of which are listed below.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Laser skin resurfacing removes your skin layer by layer until it reaches healthy, young skin. This process also tightens the skin to diminish wrinkles. You can see a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon if you want this procedure.
The doctor will first numb the wrinkled areas above your lip with a local anesthetic. If you decide to have your entire face resurfaced while you are there, a plastic surgeon will likely give you general anesthesia. Once you are numb, the doctor uses a laser over the area to remove small layers of skin as they go. The procedure generally takes less than an hour if you are getting a small area done, and you can leave when the doctor is finished.
Your doctor will give you instructions on how to take care of your skin when this procedure is finished.
Fillers can be used to treat these wrinkles, which is much less invasive when compared to skin resurfacing. The filler adds volume and smooths out the wrinkles, and can help diminish deep wrinkles. The filler used is a synthetic material and the doctor directly injects it into your skin where the wrinkle is located. Depending on the type of filler the doctor uses, you will need a repeat procedure every couple of years to keep the wrinkles away. There are permanent fillers which will last much longer than this.
This procedure can be performed by a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. They will first clean the area with an antibacterial cleanser. The doctor may inject local anesthesia or use anesthetic ointment to help you feel comfortable during the procedure. The injections are not painless but most people can tolerate them easily.
The doctor will inject the filler and massage your skin as they go. They will evaluate the results and then add more filler, if needed.
Use an ice pack if you have any swelling, which also helps with discomfort. The area will likely be tender for a couple of days but you should not require any pain medications.
Talk with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon about these two options, as well as other procedures they can do to help with this problem.