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What Causes Your Mouth to Droop as You Age?

Many signs of aging on our faces, including jowls, thinning lips, and wrinkles, occur when our bodies produce less collagen and elastin. While there’s no way to stop this natural aging process altogether, there are several ways to slow it down and reverse some of its visual effects on the skin. 

Causes of Drooping Lips and Mouth with Age

Collagen and elastin are two essential proteins that are abundant throughout our bodies. Collagen gives skin its firm, youthful structure, while elastin helps the skin “snap” back into place rather than drooping. 

However, the production of both these proteins begins to slow as early as our late 20s or early 30s and then drops significantly after 40.