Best Way to Get Rid of Smoker Lines on Upper Lip?
- Asked 6 years ago
Fraxel re:pair for smokers lip lines gives long lasting results. Update: try Belotero too
I use Fraxel re:pair for correcting upper lip lines.
If done as an isolated procedure, it can be done in less than 5 minutes with minimal discomfort, and no need for oral sedation or pain medication.
Sometimes, 2 treatments might be needed, but I have had good results with just one aggressive treatment.
Results should last about 5 years. You will have redness up to 2 months.
This is a very cost effective, and in my opinion, better-looking result, particularly for the deep lines.
I have recently found that Belotero works fairly well for correcting these smokers lines. I mix with lidocaine on use topical too. I find that most people will bruise, but I use the VBeam to help the buising resolve faster.
Web reference: http://www.realself.com/node/121891
Combination approach to smokr lines work best!!
Smoker's lines around the lips are often a result of both direct damage to the skin from the smoke, causing vertical lines, and volume loss with aging.
I advocate a combination approach to improve the lips without ending up looking like a duck. I believe that filler material can be used to revolumize the lips and then the vertical lines can be treated by dermabrasion or laser resurfacing to "sand down" the wrinkles. I have used this combination of methods successfully many times.
Web reference: http://www.drmanishshah.com
Fillers are the single best treatment for this problem. I like the underutilized Cosmoderm since I can go very superficially and not worry about the blue bleb that the hyaluronic acid fillers can create. There are a few tricks her that the experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon can utilize. Run the filler along the vermilion border. Just a touch to prevent trout pout look. Go, not only up the line but also perpendicular to it. Be sparing,using microdroplets.
A bit of Botox in two injection sites just above the lip margin also helps.
Finally, do not drink with a straw. Also notice whether you might be drinking too much from water bottles. This causes you to purse your lips. Many of my patients, who complain about smokers lines, do not smoke at all. However, they nod in the affirmative when I ask them whether they drink from the ubiquitous water or soda (tonic for my Brockton area homeboys) bottle. To remedy this problem, drink from a wide mouthed bottle or pure your drink into a glass.
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Smoker lines treatment options
“Smoker lines” are actually possible whether you smoke or not. Smoking breaks down the production of collagen which increases the appearance of wrinkles, so it’s good to avoid smoking altogether. But it’s not the only cause of these lines. Time, age and sun damage can also contribute to these wrinkles.
For the small, vertical lines above the upper lip, a filler such as Juvederm may be a good option. Because of this filler's smooth consistency, it works well to fill these lines in and improve the appearance.
Sometimes a combination of fillers and treatments like Botox or Dysport are a better option depending upon your situation. Botox relaxes the muscles underneath, which is part of the cause of the wrinkles in the first place. However, either Botox or Dysport should only be injected into the lips by someone who is highly experienced in this treatment.
Another option would be to have a surgical dermabrasion procedure to this area. The dermabrasion procedure works by modifying the deeper layers of the skin, which then become smoother. You can then plump up the lips with a filler to volumize and achieve very pleasing results. As always, consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and allow him or her to advise you as to the best treatment options based on your unique situation.
Botox or Dysport can be used in the upper lip for Smokers Lines
Dysport or Botox can be used on the upper lip, and is a wondeful way to help in softening the wrinkles in that area. Unfortunately our collagen becomes broken down the older be get and the more we expose ourselves to free radicals such as pollution and smoking, perhaps a combination of Dermal filler and Botox/Dysport would be favorable, but it is hard to say without seeing your actual face. Visit with creditable doctors in your area for consultations to find the best fit for you.
Options for "smoker's lines"
Despite what many people believe, smoker's lines or vertical lines above the upper lip are quite common regardless of whether or not someone smokes. This muscle is quite strong and works like a purse string effect. We usually recommend a treatment plan that combines more than one modality. Using small doses of Botox will help relax the underlying problem--an overactive muscle.
Unfortunatey, the effects wear off within approximately six weeks. Using cosmetic dermal fillers is a nice option with or without Botox and offers more longevity. The technique for fillers above the vermillion border is important to provide a natural, appealing appearance. Laser resurfacing is also an excellent treatment to improve the texture of the skin.
Upper lip laser resurfacing and RR Retinoid Repair Cream
Pretreatment of the skin with RR Retinoid Repair Cream, followed by laser resurfacing of the upper lip and Belotero injections.
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Smoker lines treatment options
The hairline wrinkles known as “smoker’s lines” around the upper lip can be erased through several different methods. Resurfacing treatments like microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing can both help smooth out the skin’s surface to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sometimes even chemical peels and facials can help improve the appearance of your skin around the lips as well.
For deeper smoker’s lines, dermal fillers can be a great solution to build volume back up. Many surgeons use a combination of BOTOX® injections along with dermal fillers for more comprehensive results. Injectable results are a short-term solution that will last several months and will need to be repeated, while resurfacing treatments can last years, although they may take a few sessions for the best results.
Treatmetn of smokers lines on upper lip
For fine lines, Belotero is a good option. I love Restylane as well and results can last 6 months. TCA peels are great as is dermabrasion and results last for years. Both have downtime of about 1-3 weeks. The carbon dioxide laser is a great option, and the newer fractional technology speeds up healing greatly. I do not like the Fraxel except for fine lines and/or acne scars.
Upper lip lines. What to do?
Hard to tell without photos or exam. This is a very common question. There are several causes; decreasing soft tissue, sun exposure, etc. There are also several treatment options; Botox, Fillers, Peels, Laser. Each individual is different. Sometimes combination therapy is the best option. See a physician experienced in these modalities.
Web reference: http://www.jjrothmd.com/face-and-skin/injectables
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