What are Mental Creases?

When you hear the phrase mental crease, you probably imagine something about your forehead wrinkles or frown lines, but mental creases have nothing to do with these areas. Mental creases actually refer to signs of aging on your chin. Like many facial wrinkles and fine lines, mental creases are a result of years of muscle movement in conjunction with the natural process of aging. As your skin loses collagen and elastin, it also loses the ability to keep your skin firm and supple, allowing wrinkles to become more prominent. Keep reading to find out more about what mental creases are and how you can fight these signs of aging.

Woman pointing out her wrinkles

What are Mental Creases?
A mental crease, also referred to as labiomental crease or groove, is a horizontal crease that rests between the lower lip and your chin. Often, the mental crease is one deep groove, but it can be composed of a combination of several lines or creases. The mental crease gets its name from its proximity to the top of the chin (mentalis) muscle and it appears to be a deep indentation, or groove. Mental creases occur due to repeated muscle movements, such as pouting, of the mentalis. These grooves also are just a natural part of the aging process as your skin loses its elasticity and firmness.

How to Treat Mental Creases
To really reduce the appearance of mental creases, most dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons suggest the use of Botox and/or fillers. If you’re experiencing a mental crease, here are three treatment suggestions:

  • Skin Care – Skin care is the first step in treating any facial problem. A solid preventive anti-aging routine will go a long way in preventing fine lines and wrinkles, including mental creases. You want to be sure to use a chemical exfoliant, like glycolic or salicylic acid, to really deep clean the skin and to remove any dry, dead skin cells. Doing this allows any other anti-aging products that you use to better and more fully penetrate your skin. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen and resveratrol to help with signs of aging. Always use a sunscreen, because this is one of the absolute best ways to protect your skin from premature aging.
  • Botox – Because mental creases are caused by the mentalis muscle, Botox is often a recommended treatment. Botox injections work by paralyzing the muscle, which puts it in a perpetual state of relaxation. The results with Botox can be quite amazing, but it is a temporary fix, and you will need to continue receiving injections to continue to see results.
  • Dermal Fillers – While Botox is the number one cosmetic procedure cosmetic surgeons recommend for mental crease treatment, the use of dermal fillers is also an option. “Injectable fillers can help correct residual folds,” says Karen Vaniver, M.D., Kennewick Plastic Surgeon. In addition, “the combination of Botox and fillers may increase the durability of your results.”

Mental creases can be a nuisance, but they are also a normal part of the aging process. The first line of defense in anti-aging is always a comprehensive skin care routine that includes well-formulated and high-quality products. Always use a sunscreen to prevent damage from UV rays and turn to the experts when you need help to keep you looking as young as you feel.

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