Posted on September 6, 2023

What Causes Your Mouth to Droop as You Age?

mouth and cheek areas of a woman's face

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. Less collagen and elastin, combined with the effects of gravity, drooping skin around our mouths can form creases and jowls, and our lips may also droop and appear thinner. 

Aging Mouth Treatment Options

The good news is that you don’t have to simply live with these signs of aging. Some of the most effective treatment options for an aging mouth and drooping lips include:

  • Injectable fillers. Fillers can plump the skin from the inside out, smoothing away wrinkles and creases and restoring lost facial volume. They can also add volume to thinning lips.
  • BOTOX®. Neuromodulators like BOTOX can help to tighten and lift jowls, reducing their appearance without surgery.
  • Face or neck lift. In some cases involving significant loose skin, a surgical procedure such as a facelift, neck lift, or combination of facial plastic surgery procedures can provide the best results. 

Not sure which anti-aging skin treatment option could be right for you? Call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today!

What Causes Your Mouth to Droop as You Age?
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What Causes Your Mouth to Droop as You Age?
What causes an aging mouth and drooping lips? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti of Concord, California explains causes and treatment options.
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