Also commonly known as lipstick lines, smoker’s lines are the rather unsightly creases that extend outwards from the lips, usually more prevalent from the upper lip. The reason they get their nickname is due to the fact that a lot of women first notice these lines when their lipstick starts to “bleed” out from the border of their lips, although these small wrinkles can obviously affect men also. Contrary to their name, it isn’t thought that smoking itself necessarily causes these lines to appear, and rather it is simply down to the effects of premature ageing.
With that said, the overactivity of the muscles when pursing the lips to smoke a cigarette, as well as the breakdown of collagen as a result of smoking also takes its toll on our lips. Sun damage also contributes to the appearance of smokers lines. As our lips gradually lose volume and elasticity, wrinkles, lines and folds soon set in, as with many other areas of the face. Dermal fillers offer a simple solution by plumping out the tissue beneath the skin for a smoother, youthful overlying texture.
Anti-wrinkle injections are also very effective as a treatment for smoker’s lines. For this treatment we do a review at two weeks to check the results and top up free of charge if necessary, subject to practitioners discretion.
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