Can smokers’ lines around the mouth be corrected with facial contouring?

Smokers’ lines treatment, Fairfield, Melbourne

Smokers’ lines, also known as lipstick lines or upper lip lines, are the lines that appear around a person’s mouth. These stubborn wrinkles are a common sign of ageing, even when a person hasn’t necessarily smoked. Treatment depends on how deeply etched your lines are but rest assured, there are solutions available. If you’d like to combat lines around your mouth, this is everything you need to know.

What are smokers’ lines?

Smokers’ lines are the small vertical lines that form across the lip and the skin that runs from your upper lip towards your nose. While they are very small, they often group together across the whole upper lip, resulting in a wrinkled appearance that affects the entire mouth area, making a person look tired and aged.

It’s also common for lipstick to ‘bleed’ and settle into the lines, which makes them appear darker, deeper and more prominent than they actually are.

What causes lines around the mouth?

Lines around the mouth are formed in much the same way as lines around the eyes or forehead, in that they are mainly caused by muscle movement over time. The natural ageing process causes our skin to gradually produce less collagen and elastin – proteins that allow the skin to stretch and snap back while staying firm and smooth. When collagen declines, this creates thinner and less elastic skin vulnerable to wrinkle formation.

In addition to the natural ageing process, lipstick lines are worsened by factors like sun exposure, genetics, poor diet, repeated facial expressions, and of course, smoking.

The best treatments for smokers’ lines

One of the quickest and easiest ways to smooth lines around the mouth is with hyaluronic acid lip enhancements. They work to restore volume and smooth out wrinkles around the upper lip area.

Another widely used strategy to minimise smokers’ lines is wrinkle reducing treatments. Rather than filling the lines on your face, these treatments block the nerves that cause your muscle contractions, thereby reducing the depth of the lines when you move your mouth. This works best with very fine lip lines in order to keep them from getting deeper. It takes just a matter of days for smokers’ lines to reduce, with results that last from 3 to 4 months.

The final thing you can do to minimise smokers’ lines is to have treatments that stimulate and help to build your own natural collagen in the area. These types of treatments include lasers, peels or needling, and involve causing injury to the skin to stimulate the wound healing response.

Our expert practitioners can help you to determine which smokers’ lines treatment is best suited to your needs. After assessing your areas of concern, lifestyle habits and overall skin condition during a personalised consultation, our practitioners will be fully equipped with the information they need to implement an effective treatment plan.

If you’re concerned about smokers’ lines, find out more about how treatments can help you by booking a free, no-obligation consultation.

DR. RAKIB UDDIN