The lips are the most expressive and attractive parts of the face. Whilst occasional lines are tolerable, vertical lip lines drive some to distraction.
These lines tend to be more prominent and extend from the lip border above the top lip, although can also affect the bottom lip. The main causes of lip lines are repetitive facial expressions and changes to the quality of skin as we age, as well as natural thinning of the lips.
Ageing brings with it the breaking down of collagen and elastin, proteins that keep the skin firm and plump, and this in turn, causes skin to lose its structure and elasticity. Smoking speeds up this process by repeated pursing of the lips, as well as the natural damage done to skin collagen by smoking itself. Repeated overexposure to sun UV radiation also causes premature damage to the skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles.
Frequently Asked Questions
At London City Skin Clinic, we can offer two types of treatment:
Dermal Fillers - Smokers lines are easily treated with the use of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) dermal fillers. Using micro-droplets of specifically chosen soft dermal fillers, we can gently fill the lip lines and provide structure above the lip. If appropriate, the same soft HA dermal filler could also be injected into the lip border (vermillion border), as this will stretch the skin above and provide shape and support for the lips.
Botox – The action of muscles around the mouth responsible for pursing the lips, can be relaxed with low doses of Botox, which in turn can soften the lines.
A topical anaesthetic numbing cream will be applied to the lips before treatment. This will make the treatment more comfortable, however you may still feel slight stinging during the procedure.
Treating lip lines may be done in isolation, or as part of other rejuvenation procedures.
Dermal fillers – From £275
Botox – From £205