Nose to Mouth Lines
Have you started to notice little grooves that are running between your nose and your mouth? Also known as nose to mouth lines, these indents can leave you wondering where the years have gone; because they’re a sign of ageing. How prominent your lines from nose to mouth area will depend on the shape of your face, your age, and the facial expressions you use throughout the day.
Another way to refer to the lines that run from your nose to your mouth is ‘nasolabial folds.’ Many factors come into play when they start to form. In addition to the weakening of the area surrounding the nose and the mouth, your cheeks lose their natural plumpness. As a result, your nasolabial folds become more prominent.
Like many wrinkles that appear across your face, nose to mouth lines appear because of the muscle movements you do in the area. In this instance, smiling and talking are the culprits. Seeing a few people want to spend less time engaging in either activity, it’s worth looking at some of the other causes and risk factors. Also, it’s somewhat difficult to control how often you smile. As a reflexive response to hilarious situations, you won’t be able to control it.
In addition to exploring why you may encounter nose to mouth lines, we’ll guide you through how you can prevent them from becoming worse, as well as ways we can treat them. At Rutland Aesthetics, we have an array of treatments available, so you don’t need to worry about those lines from your nose to mouth as much.
Unlike wrinkles that appear across other areas of your face, lines from nose to mouth require an expert and tactical approach. As such, if you seek out cosmetic treatments, it’s important to get help from a professional who has the right medical training and expertise needed to make them better.
What else causes lines from nose to mouth to appear?
Unfortunately, genetics play a role here. So, if your mother or your sister has deep grooves in the lines from nose to mouth, you’re more likely to encounter them than someone whose relatives don’t have the same problem.
Seeing as we can’t change your genes, it’s worth focusing on what you can improve instead.
Smoking and lines from nose to mouth
Smoking plays a significant role in creating wrinkles across many areas of your face. There are several reasons for this:
- The nicotine in your cigarettes acts as a vasoconstrictor. In other words, it makes the blood vessels temporarily narrow. When this happens, you deliver less oxygen to the skin around your nose and mouth. At the same time, you’re removing fewer toxins. Overall, this weakens the area, causing it to sag.
- Smoking also reduces the amount of Vitamin A that deposit in the skin. Again, this increases the chances of it sagging. Vitamin A plays a prominent role in giving your skin and the muscles beneath it their strength. So, the more you smoke, the less Vitamin A you’ll benefit from. While you can try to top it up with supplements and eating the right types of food, quitting is the best approach you can take.
- Finally, the more you smoke, the less collagen and elastin you produce. What are collagen and elastin? They’re the proteins the area surrounding your nose and mouth rely on to remain plump and taut. When you have less of both, the skin weakens and sags, resulting in those dreaded lines from nose to mouth.
Many experts recognise that you won’t see the adverse ageing-related side-effects of smoking until you’ve been a smoker for at least a decade. So, if you’re below that point, now’s an excellent time to quit. However, even if you’ve smoked for longer, that’s no excuse not to give up. If you’re struggling, you can always try hypnosis, support groups, and nicotine replacement therapies.
Are you spending too much time in the sun?
It’s difficult to resist the temptation to spend time in the sun, especially when it makes a rare appearance. However, if you’re exposing your skin to too many UV rays, you’re also breaking down the collagen and elastin we mentioned above. Not only that, you increase your risk of skin cancer, age spots, and wrinkles elsewhere across the body. Having a tan is great, but there’s no point in enjoying a healthy glow when you’re adorned with wrinkle lines that ruin it.
As such, you might want to exercise caution when it comes to spending time in the sun. Don’t hit those tanning beds and try to use a suncream with your usual moisturiser. At the same time, you should also avoid tanning accelerators, especially those that are injectable. As a result, you’ll slow down the progression of those lines from nose to mouth.
The way you sleep may make one nasolabial fold more prominent than the other
As humans, we form habits without even realising. One of those habits includes the side of your face that you sleep on. If you try sleeping on the other side, you’ll probably find that you feel less comfortable. Unfortunately, this means that the side you choose to sleep on will have lines from nose to mouth that look more prominent.
If you’re a back sleeper, this isn’t so much of an issue. In fact, you may want to try changing your sleeping position as a first-line measure. But, as we’ve already mentioned, changing habits is a pretty difficult task for most people.
There is some evidence to suggest that sleeping on silk pillowcases rather than ones made from cotton will reduce the likelihood of wrinkles forming. The scientific evidence supporting this theory is a little weak. However, you won’t do any damage by trying silk pillowcases, and you may even find that they’re comfier to sleep on.
Rapid weight loss plays a role too
Losing weight is almost always beneficial, especially if your previous weight began to contribute to a disease process. However, when you lose weight too rapidly, your body doesn’t have time to catch up with the skin’s reduction in elasticity. This results in sagging around your mouth and your cheeks, leading to more prominent nasolabial folds.
Similarly, if you put weight on and that weight reaches your face, your nasolabial folds will become even more prominent still. While this may make you feel as though there’s no win-win situation here, the simple answer is to avoid crash dieting and to maintain a healthy diet that prevents rapid weight gain.
If you’re in the process of losing weight, avoid crash dieting that will result in the sagging effect that makes those lines from nose to mouth more prominent. Instead, aim for a slow weight loss target; such as one to two pounds per week.
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Like many areas of the ageing process, lines from nose to mouth appear before you start engaging in preventative methods. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try them. However, it does say you might want to consider a cosmetic treatment that will either reduce them all together or make them less prominent.
As we’ve already mentioned, the lines that run from your nose to your mouth are especially hard to tackle. So, we’re going to run through the treatments you can try, as well as the ones to avoid.
Using Botox Type Injections to Treat Nasolabial FoldsAlthough it’s tempting to request Botox type injections as a solution for the lines that run from your nose to your mouth, they’re not the most common treatment. In fact, few doctors will recommend them as a first line approach, but there are some instances where Botox type injections could help a little.
In order to understand why you may not want to use Botox type injections, it’s necessary to know how it works and why doctors will use it to treat some areas and not others. Botox type injections contain a substance that interrupts the signal that moves from your nerves to your muscles. As a result, the muscles relax, which makes existing wrinkles less prominent. At the same time, the muscles are less active, so you slow down the ageing process.
Because of this, Botox type injections are useful if you use them in an area such as the brow line. Wrinkles in such regions become prominent because your brow line is continuously activated during various facial expressions. So, when you relax the muscles using injections, wrinkles look less conspicuous.
When it comes to the lines from nose to mouth, however, sagging and overly relaxed muscles form part of the problem. As a result, using Botox type injections there could make the problem worse rather than better. When using too many of these injections around your nose and mouth, you run the risk of impacting your ability to smile. Some doctors, however, may choose to use them in discreet areas. But, they’re more likely to want a reliable means of treatment.
Dermal Fillers for nose to mouth linesRemember how saggy skin and a loss of plumpness plays a significant role in the formation of those lines that run from your nose to your mouth? When you use dermal fillers, you tackle that sagginess, thus addressing the problem.
Your nasolabial folds arise as a result of volume loss. Unlike many areas of the face that encounter wrinkles, it isn’t usually possible to tackle, nose to mouth lines by injecting directly into the area. Instead, your doctor will target parts of your cheeks that will provide plumpness and support, making the lines look less noticeable.
Another solution is to use injectables that contain hyaluronic acid. While not all of these injections come under the category of ‘dermal fillers,’ they do drag water into the cells. The end result is plumpness, which has the same outcome as using a filler.
Which treatment will my doctor choose for me?As you might have guessed, this is one of the more complicated areas of cosmetic medicine. To ensure they strike the right balance, your doctor will have to examine a few factors:
- How deep your lines from nose to mouth area?
- What your treatment expectations are
- How much you’re willing to invest in the treatment
Your face’s anatomy also plays a big role. Seeing as noses and mouths come in all different shapes and sizes, this is an area of cosmetic therapy where the logistics can become difficult. However, when you turn to a skilled practitioner for treatment, you can reduce the appearance of your lines and enjoy a younger look.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
With training in cosmetic medicine from the Harley Academy, Dr Dhesi has the experience and the knowledge you need to tackle the lines that run from your nose to mouth. In addition to his background as a medical doctor, he takes a holistic approach to each of his patients. As a result, he’ll find a solution that meets your needs, while taking your considerations on board.
To ensure you benefit from the right approach, Dr Dhesi will begin the consultation process with a thorough examination of your face. This process will also include asking questions about your past medical history, any ongoing medications, and your current state of health. Don’t worry, this is all normal, and will allow him to take the best approach possible to treating your nose to mouth lines.
With the right information at hand from you and a tactical approach, Dr Dhesi will use his skills to find the right injectables and restore your youthful looks. If you’re ready to begin your journey to better aesthetics that leave you feeling more confident, get in touch with a member of the Rutland Aesthetics team.