Q.I’m 65 years old with reasonably good skin and am not a smoker but have pronounced lines around my lips and would like to know which treatments would work best.
Vertical lip lines can be a problem for many women and there are three factors—excessive sun exposure, genetics and smoking—that can greatly accelerate the process and create less-than-full lips, lip lines and lack of definition. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments which can treat this area.
Smartxide CO2 laser is excellent for softening lip lines above the mouth – it pierces tiny holes into the skin to stimulate skin tightening and thickening. The mouth area will be quite red for 3 days or so and will also peel but this controlled injury makes the skin repair itself by producing collagen making the skin thicker and stronger. From £500 and the results will last up to three years. Alternatively, Restylane Lip is a thin hyaluronic acid filler, which is injected into the lines to fill them out, a bit like Polyfilla. Two treatments may be needed, 2 weeks apart and the effects will last up to six months. From £200 a treatment
If you prefer a more natural treatment one of the new wrinkle filling creams will give you a good temporary result. They are not as powerful as lasers or injectables, but contain anti ageing ingredients which soften lines and are ok for a quick fix to but they won’t completely get rid of them. Try L’Oreal Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Filler Double Action Lip and Lip Contour £13.99 from Boots.
*Don’t let lipstick bleed into fine lines. Line your lips with a creamy, colour-stay lip liner that matches your lip colour.
*Next, apply a lip stain very lightly using your fingertip. Don’t use too much.
*Finally, put a little bit of sheer gloss on the center of your lips. This will help your colour stay put and make lips look fuller.
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