The lips

The mouth, and especially the lips, is a key area of the face thanks to which we can talk and express ourselves. Extremely mobile and under a lot of strain, it is a fragile, delicate, and sensual area.

Although the first aesthetic treatment that comes to mind when referring to the mouth is hyaluronic acid injections in the lips, there are in fact more treatments than that to improve the area around the mouth.

The mouth comprises primarily the lips which have a special place in the relations we have with others. The lips express emotions but also feelings, and are a means of seduction in their own right. We are also able to make numerous sounds with our lips, without which we would be unable to communicate correctly. The mouth comprises no less than 11 muscles, including the labial muscle around the mouth so it can accomplish a host of movements, and this, relentlessly. The platysma muscle of the neck is also connected to the mouth.

The mouth comprises the lower lip and the upper lip, each being made up of two distinct parts, the “white lip” (area of skin) and the “red lip” (mucosa).

The lips vary in shape, size and plumpness from individual to individual.

The mouth, due to its very great mobility, is not spared by passing time, just like the lips. From the age of 20, we produce 1% less collagen each year. As the production of collagen decreases, the skin becomes finer and less elastic. Other than the lengthening of the upper lip, due primarily to the loss of dermal tissue tone and the overall sagging of the face, or vertical perioral wrinkles, the lips lose volume and get thinner; the formerly young appearance of the mouth changes. The aesthetic appearance of the lips, and therefore the mouth, also depends on other components: nasolabial folds, bitterness folds, protruding or receding chin.

Skin aging also leads to skin dryness. The lips are more particularly susceptible to skin dryness as they are constantly exposed to the elements.
Hyaluronic acid injections in the lips can improve dryness and volume, whereas a lip lift would be necessary to improve the lengthening of the upper lip, which is a sign of aging.

Finally, a peel or nanolipfilling, or even sometimes botulinum toxin injections, can improve perioral fine lines, also known as barcode or lipstick lines.

As is often the case with aesthetic surgery and medicine, several treatments can be combined to obtain the best possible result.

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