I’m sitting home watching a special on Channel 7, simply titled “Fashion Night Out 2010” and hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and featuring major industry lumninaries such as Anna Wintour, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, and Tory Burch. I couldn’t help but to notice Diane when she spoke because (as I’m a huge fan) my ears and eyes perk up whenever I hear DVF! So watching her closely, and since I’ve been intrigued by the fine lines that a lot of older caucasian women get around their mouths (ever since Renee Rouleau spoke on drinking through straws causing wrinkles), I couldn’t help but notice her mouth area (or obicularis oris).
So this led me to briefly discuss options. As a way to prevent this, you can follow Renee Rouleau’s warning and stop drinking so much through straws. You could also stopped puckering up and kissing! (lol – only kidding). As this is not an area for Botox, your option here is chemical peel. A chemical peel can help to reverse this feathered lip look. There are three different levels chemical peels – mild, moderate, and strong. A simple fruit peel is a mild chemical peel and would not be strong enough to reverse this feathering, however a chemical peel using either TCA (Trichloroacetic Acid), is more moderate and a good option. Phenol (which I don’t think is used much today as it is very strong), would be a third option, however one must be careful as it is the strongest of the types of chemical peels.
Chemical peels use a chemical to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outter layers. Fruit peels, such as glycolic or lactic are a lot milder and create a smoother, and brighter skin with a faster recovery time. Here is a further breakdown of the differences in chemical peels. Make sure you know this when going to your esthetician or dermatologist so that you know what you are asking for or even being recommended:
- Smooths rough and dry skin
- Improves sun damaged skin
- Helps with acneic skin
Note: a series of peels may be needed before results are seen. Also, it is highly recommended that SPF is used when receiving such treatments.
- Helps smooth fine surface wrinkles
- Removes superficial blemishes
Note: Chemical peels of this strength usually cause peeling, redness and burning and can sometimes cause light blistering. This can last for up to two weeks after the treatment. Close attention to skin care is needed during this healing period. Just as with the fruit peel, sunscreen is VERY important and repeat treatments are generally recommended for best results.