Teeth aren’t the only part of a smile that matters. For many years traditional dentistry has focused solely on the health and appearance of teeth. It is becoming more apparent that to maintain optimum overall health and happiness your entire mouth and even face are critical in this process.
One of the things that bothers people about their mouth and face the most are the presence of wrinkles around the mouth and lips. Many things can cause this. If you look at your family members and see these wrinkles as a common characteristic among them, it is very likely you will also find yourself facing this problem before long.
The most well-known causes are aging and smoking. In addition to chemical causes, the motion of the mouth when engaging in the act of smoking causes these lines. Aging, unfortunately, can’t be avoided. As a life filled with smiles, tears, frowns and laughter goes on, the skin naturally begins to thin, become drier and lose some of its elasticity.
Most people will be shocked to hear both drinking out of a straw, and a water bottle can cause these wrinkles and lines in the same way that smoking can. The pucker of the mouth when engaging in these daily actions can create permanent lines as time goes on.
Other less known causes of wrinkles around the mouth include weight fluctuations and sun exposure. Weight gain and loss can change the elasticity of the skin in your face. Avoiding tanning beds, applying sunscreen to your face and a chapstick with sunscreen added to your lips can help you minimize the development of these wrinkles.
Recently the FDA approved Juvederm Voluma XC for lip augmentations and rhytids in the perorial reason—wrinkles in the skin around the mouth. In studies it was found to increase the fullness of the lips and soften the appearance of lines around the mouth, lasting up to a year.
Juvederm Voluma XC is the only hyaluronic acid filler approved by the FDA. The term hyaluronic acid can sound scary, but it’s actually naturally present in everyone’s skin. It’s one of the most researched substances in the medical world today and is often described as ‘nature’s moisturizer’. In fact, 50% of the hyaluronic acid in our body can be found in the skin, and it’s pivotal in maintaining the structure of the skin. This important substance naturally declines in concentration with age which causes wrinkles.
Dr. Ken Collins and his wife Dr. Marnie Collins, Spokane area DDS and Cosmetic Dentists, have advanced certification in Juvederm treatments and have been performing these injections for more than ten years.
Dr. Ken Collins says,
“One of the reasons we love using this treatment to help our patients get that beautiful, youthful skin they desire is that a one-time Juvederm treatment produces much more dramatic results than using even prescription strength creams or lotions for countering wrinkles. It instantaneously fills in your skin, leaving it with more volume and fewer wrinkles.”
The procedure usually takes less than fifteen minutes and can be done during a regular office visit. The smooth filler plumps skin and pushes it up to support the folds that can often lead to deep lines in the face.
It can be injected into the cheeks to give them more volume, creating more prominent cheek bones. The added fullness in the cheeks can create a more youthful facial structure. Cheeks suffering from sagging skin due to age can be reborn to their youthful height and fullness.
Juvederm can also be used on the lips for fullness. The smoothness of the gel helps create a uniform texture under the thinner skin that characterizes the lips. The lidocaine in the injections also helps with swelling and discomfort so the naturally plump look is achieved quickly without the overly swollen lips whose images make their rounds on the internet with regularity.
Although many surgical options exist, Dr. Marnie Collins believes Juvederm is the best choice for lip augmentations. She says,
“One of the most popular reasons for choosing this treatment is its reversibility and complete lack of recovery time necessary. We have been offering it for over ten years to our patients, so well feel confident that the cost, success and safety of this procedure make it an excellent choice for those who want to add volume to areas of the face or lips or just erase smile lines and wrinkles. On the very rare occasion that someone is unhappy with their results, they can immediately have it reversed with hyaluronidase. This substance breaks down the hyaluronic acid used in the injections.”
With all the options that exist for improving the appearance of one’s smile and mouth, any that don’t require surgery and can be reversed seem like a good place to start your research. There are risks associated with all medical procedures so speak to your medical provider for more information on your specific situation.
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