After the eyes, the area around the mouth, known as the perioral area, is one of the first places that patients become conscious of as they get older. Unsurprisingly, as there are many factors behind ageing around the mouth.
Bony reabsorption of the jaw that flattens the lower face combines with volume loss in the mid-face that causes soft tissues to descend. Decline in our natural levels of collagen and elastin causes the lips and surrounding area to become less plump and the skin to thin. The mouth is also a highly mobile area supported by strong facial muscles that are constantly contracting and relaxing. Lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and smoking can also accelerate ageing.
There are several ways that ageing around the mouth presents and an experienced aesthetic practitioner can advise you on how best to treat them – often a combination of treatments is required.