Smoker’s lines are the wrinkles that appear around the mouth as we age. These stubborn lines can be hard to hide, especially when a person tries to conceal them with makeup. Luckily, non-surgical treatment like lip fillers and botox can help to restore youth and reduce the appearance of lines to improve your overall look.
In this article, we discuss what exactly smoker’s lines are, why people can get them, and the treatments we recommend for patients who want to reduce the appearance of smoker’s lines and achieve long-term results.
What are smoker’s lines?
Smokers’ wrinkles are deep creases that form around the lip, as well as, on the skin above the lips and near the nose. Even though they are quite small, they often appear across the majority of the skin around the lips, which results in a wrinkled appearance that is quite noticeable. It’s also common for makeup to embed into the lines that appear, which can make the smokers’ lines look deeper than they actually are.
Causes of smoker’s lines
Smoker’s lines can develop as a result of a number of factors. Smoking, as well as vaping, is one of the factors that cause wrinkles to appear around the mouth. This is because toxins present in nicotine encourage the breakdown of collagen in the skin. This results in the skin having less strength, increasing the likelihood of wrinkles forming. Furthermore, the physical stimulus of puckering the lips whilst inhaling a cigarette or vape pen produces wrinkles too.
Even though frequent smoking is a common cause of smoker’s lines, it isn’t the only cause. Other common causes include:
- Lifestyle factors
- Playing a musical instrument
- Genetic factors
- Sun exposure
- Frequent pouting
What is the best treatment for smoker’s lines?
There are a range of treatments that prove effective for smoker’s lines.
One of the fastest and most effective ways to reduce smoker’s lines is with an injectable lip filler. Fillers add volume to the area and reduce wrinkles around that area. They instantly reduce the visibility of deep-set lines. This helps the patient get fuller lips whilst offering a solution for smoker’s lines.
Dermal fillers are a facial injection which smooths out wrinkles or crease lines to create a more youthful look. They use hyaluronic acid, a clear gel, which is found naturally in skin. This is what gives skin its elasticity. As we get older, the hyaluronic acid breaks down which causes wrinkles to form and the skin to become less elastic.
Another smoker’s line treatment is to prevent the muscle contractions that cause them with Botox. This treatment is best for lines that haven’t fully developed yet as it prevents them from getting any worse. If the lines are quite deep, botox may reduce their appearance but not remove them completely.
Learn more about smoker’s lines treatment
Our experienced practitioners can help you to determine which treatment is best for your needs. After assessing your smokers’ lines, discussing your lifestyle habits and looking at your skin condition, we will be able to develop a treatment plan most suited to you. You can book your treatment with confidence at Dr Hennessy as we employ the most qualified and experienced practitioners to ensure the greatest possible outcomes for our clients.