Smokers lines: one sign of aging that nobody wants to deal with and one of the most frequent areas I get asked about. Almost everyone will get these fine line around the mouth at some point in time whether you’ve smoked or not. In fact, over 50% of smokers lines occur in non-smokers. These lines tend to really bother patients. They don’t want to be mistaken for a smoker and they don’t want to think they look like their mother. These fine lines around the lips can visually age a person so today I’ll share some ways to make facial lines go up in smoke.
Botox is actually placed in the muscle above the lip line and causes the patient to no be able to purse their lips together as tightly. This weakening of the purse-string like action smooths out the lines and smooths the skin. Smokers may not like the weaker upper lip because they can no longer get the hard draw on the cigarette as they did but overall, the slightly weaker upper lip is not a factor in smiling, chewing or drinking.
Wrinkle fillers such as Restylane or Belotero can also be used to remove these lines. Very small amounts of the filler can help fill-in the deeper lines and actually cause collagen to form over time. This collagen formation can ultimately lead the patient to have to have less and less filler.
Resurfacing lasers such as CO2 Fractional Resurfacing lasers can also to smooth out these lines. Typically to get the best results, several treatments should be completed.
Though not as effective, topical treatments such as wrinkle creams and Retin-A can be used to prevent the lines from recurring as quickly or to prolong the results of the treatments.
What doesn’t work?
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels don’t really improve smokers lines significantly but are a great way to once again maintain the results of treatments such as Botox and wrinkle fillers.
Prevention is the best medicine so I encourage everyone to stop smoking and to avoid excessive sun exposure and drinking from a straw.
Dr. DeGraaff and the staff at Advanced Life Clinic