Doesn’t it seem that wrinkles seem to show up in all the wrong places? Most people focus their attention on the other person’s eyes or mouth during a conversation. Unfortunately, those are exactly the areas where wrinkles show up first.
Even if we are not OLD, the signs of aging will still show in our face sooner than we wish – especially around the mouth and lower face. Every time we talk, laugh, smile, cry, eat, or pucker, lines begin to form as our skin loses elasticity. The facial muscles that create our wide range of expressions also will produce a variety of creases and furrows. There is really no way to avoid this from happening, but it is recommended that you smile more than you frown. Frowning is particularly efficient for building wrinkles.
Dr. Dominic Castellano, a plastic surgeon in Tampa, FL, details the Top 10 most common lower facial wrinkles:
1. Laugh Lines (Nasolabial fold) – also known as “smile lines”, they are the two skin folds that run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. They separate the cheeks from the upper lip.
2. Nasolabial groove – the depression or valley that runs under the nasolabial fold (laugh lines) from side of nose to corners of the mouth.
3. Congenital Frown – a hanging corner of the mouth – where the corners of the mouth slope downward when facial muscles are relaxed.
4. Marionette Lines (lateral mandibular groove) –are formed by movement of the jaw, loss of tissue volume and elasticity (weight loss can also cause deepening marionette lines).
5. Prejowl depression – hollowing of an area on either side of the chin that is accentuated by the formation of jowls.
6. Jowling – areas of skin and fat that have fallen from the side of the face to hang along or below the jawline.
7. Loss of lip volume – lips become thinner due to volume loss and small vertical creases appear to form (vertical creases can be aggravated by smoking)
8. Flattening of upper lip – a flattening below the nose is caused by loss of volume in upper lip. This results in flattening of “cupids bow” in upper lip.
9. Chin crease – hollow below lips caused by tissue loss and sagging skin.
10. Loss of dental support – lost teeth and bone impact the appearance of the face, causing thin lips, wrinkles and a pointy nose and chin.
You may have noticed that many of these wrinkles are created by movement of the facial muscles, loss of tissue volume, decrease in skin elasticity, and gravity. In most cases, a combination of factors is involved which means that treatment for these signs of aging will also vary depending on the location on the face, cause and the severity. This is why an experienced cosmetic surgeon who specializes in the face is the best choice for these treatments. There is a lot more to it than just using one product. Watch for our next article that will detail the best treatments for each area. In the meantime, keep smiling!