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No More Stubborn Lip Wrinkles

What are Smoker’s Lines?

Smoker’s lines, also known as lip wrinkles, are tiny vertical lines that etch on the lips and may extend upward towards the nose. These notoriously difficult to conceal lines are often first noticed when lipstick starts to ‘bleed’ out of the vermilion border (the sharp boundary between the lip and the adjacent normal skin.) If not tackled in time, they can form deeply ingrained wrinkles and negatively impact someone’s overall facial appearance.

What Causes Smoker’s Lines

Ageing is one of the leading causes of smoker’s lines. As we age, our skin produces less collagen and, as a result, becomes thinner and less elastic. Given that the skin on the lips is particularly prone to dryness, it’s even more likely to develop fine lines.

Smoking is another major contributing factor to the formation of lip wrinkles. For one, the free radicals produced when someone smokes result in premature ageing of the skin. On top of that, the repeated pursing of the lips to draw from a cigarette causes fine lines that can develop into deeper wrinkles over time.

Other potential causes of smoker’s lines include overexposure to sunlight and constant puckering of lips. This means even if you never smoked in your life, you can still get smoker’s lines from constantly sipping through a straw, whistling a tune, pursing your lips in frustration, or even overdoing it on those duck-face selfies. Smoker’s Lines are better known as Barcode lines, not everyone who develops these lines have a history of smoking!

How do I Get Rid of Smoker’s Lines?

If not tackled in time, smoker’s lines can form deeply ingrained wrinkles. Therefore the recommended approach is that you start seeking solutions when you first notice these lines forming. Potential treatment courses include dermal filler injections, laser treatments, home-based skincare regimes, or avoid pursing your lips completely—the last might not be very practical.

Smoker's Lines Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I need treatment for my Smoker’s Lines?

While smoker’s line can appear on anyone, some people are more susceptible than others.

Vertical lip lines usually start to show up in your forties and by the 50s, they can become quite pronounced. As we age, our skin produces less and less collagen (causing the skin to become less firm and supple.)

If you often experience unprotected sun exposure, pursed your lips or smoke a lot, lip wrinkles can show up much earlier in life.

How do you treat smoker’s lines?

We typically treat these lip wrinkles with dermal fillers. Usually made from hyaluronic acid—a substance found naturally in the skin—these fillers can have a significant smoothing effect on lip lines. Fillers offer the most effective non-surgical method for treating smoker’s lines and usually only requires a small volume injected into precise locations along the lips.

Patients like this treatment because:
• It’s subtle yet effective.
• The downtime is minimal.
• Better looking, fuller lips.
• Smoothens the area above the lip.

It’s important to note that if you wait to treat them until they become deeply ingrained, it might mean more intensive treatments or less satisfactory results.

How long will the results last?

The results typically last 6-9 months, although the exact length of time will depend on the structure of your skin and other factors such as lifestyle and age. We will recommend when to get additional touch up treatments after the initial treatment.

Is this a safe treatment?

This is a very safe procedure in the hands of our highly experienced cosmetic doctor. It’s imperative to find an experienced practitioner who’s trained in the latest cutting edge-techniques and is focused on natural-looking results. Common side effects include redness, swelling and mild lumpiness. But these usually resolve within a few days.

Treatment for Smoker's Lines : Dermal Filler

If you want to remove those smoker’s lines, just get in touch with us today. We offer a range of treatments to help remedy this problem and other signs of facial ageing. Our highly qualified and experienced staff will provide you with custom-tailored solutions — so that your investment in better-looking lips and skin really pays off.

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Dr Aesthetica is a Medical Aesthetic Clinic offering professional Botulinum Toxin, Dermal Fillers, Profhilo, Microneedling, Skin Peels and Advanced Home Skincare treatments in the Birmingham area.  Our aim is to solve your Aesthetic and Cosmetic related issues with non-surgical interventions.
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Dr Aesthetica is a Medical Aesthetic Clinic offering professional Botulinum Toxin, Dermal Fillers, Profhilo, Microneedling, Skin Peels and Advanced Home Skincare treatments in the Birmingham area.  Our aim is to solve your Aesthetic and Cosmetic related issues with non-surgical interventions.
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