The mouth is a symbol of youth, attraction and sensuality. It should be well formed, and the lips clearly defined and plump.
Due to anatomical reasons, and aggressive environmental factors, this zone often ages more markedly than the rest of the face.
The ‘bar code’, frequently seen among smokers, is due to dermal breakage, caused by repeated contractions of the dermis when the orbicular mouth muscle moves.
Age-related changes to the lips include:
– Drying and discoloration of the red of the lip.
– The loss of definition of the lip edge and the lips.
– The red of the lip thins/ loses volume.
– The labial commissures (side edges) sag and become hollow.
– The philtral crests flatten and the Cupid’s bow loses definition.
– Vertical wrinkles appear, notably above the upper lip, creatingthe ‘bar code’ or ‘sun folds’ effect).