Do your lips look like you’ve been sucking on a sour pickle, even when you haven’t?? Did you used to smoke (back when it was cool) and have the lips to prove it now??
This is a common problem that we see every day. It aggravates you when you look in the mirror and makes you self conscious. The cause of the problem is usually from multiple factors. Bad habits can cause it such as smoking or using a straw too much. Another big factor is UV exposure from sun.
The biggest factors, however, are those you can’t control, i.e., genetics and aging. As we get older, not only do we lose fat from our face, but also from the lips. Young lips look full and have a great shape for some, as in this picture. The lip is full, both upper and lower, with a nice shape and good cupids bow on the upper. Lips like these are what most women want. Others are born with thin lips that have little shape to them…
Not that there is anything wrong with them but they do lack fullness. Obviously, this is genetics at work and there is not much that you can do about where you start.
In general, as we age, we lose fat in our faces. Of course, the lips, being a part of the face, lose volume too.
They begin to thin and start losing their shape with time and literally everyone starts developing vertical lip lines around the mouth. The muscles surrounding the mouth are purse string type muscles that allow us to pucker, and muscles that pull the corners of the lip up or down.
As you can see from the names, there are a lot of depressors that pull the corners of the lip down. All of these muscles, over the years, and with millions of facial expression, all in which the mouth is so active, wrinkles in the skin begin to form. We all get the nasolabial folds as the cheek “deflates” and most get marrionette lines as well. The vertical lip lines are almost always present as we age too but to varying degrees of severity.
Here you see nasolabial folds.