I have wrinkles around my mouth and don’t smoke. How can I get rid of them?

Q. I have wrinkles around the mouth and I don’t even smoke! What can I do to minimize the wrinkles?

A. Getting rid of wrinkles around the mouth can involve lifestyle changes, skincare routines and professional treatments. Here are ways to minimize them:

Skincare products

Use moisturizers regularly. Buy a good quality moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid, which helps keep the skin hydrated. Apply sunscreen daily to protect the skin from UV damage, which can exacerbate wrinkles.

Products containing retinoids (like retinol or tretinoin) can help increase cell turnover and reduce wrinkles. Serums or creams with antioxidants like Vitamin C also minimize wrinkles. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which can accelerate aging, and stimulates collagen, the protein that helps keep the skin supple.

Lifestyle changes

Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, especially those that promote skin health (vitamins A, C and E). Don’t smoke, as smoking accelerates skin aging and contributes to wrinkles around the mouth.

Cosmetic procedures

Botox injections can relax the muscles around the mouth, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But these must be done by a physician with critical knowledge of the mouth area as problems can ensue if not done properly.

Thermal fillers, like hyaluronic acid, can plump up the skin and smooth out wrinkles. Laser treatments can resurface the skin and promote collagen production.

Micro-needling and chemical peels can stimulate collagen production and improve skin quality by removing the top layer of skin, promoting new skin growth and reducing wrinkles.

Dr. Carlos Wolf
Dr. Carlos Wolf

Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email questions to him at Cwolf@miamiplasticsurgery.com