3 Causes of Smoker's Lines


The fine vertical lines that so commonly around the lips over time, dubbed smoker’s lines, can be

one of the telltale giveaways of your age. While minimizing their appearance is easy enough with a

combination of BOTOX® injections and JUVÉDERM® or other

dermal fillers, what causes them first place? Here’s a look at some top culprits.

1. Smoking

They’re called smoker’s lines for a reason. Smokers regularly have to purse their lips tightly during

the physical act of smoking; the continued muscle contractions pull the skin repeatedly until wrinkles

form. On top of the actual mechanics of smoking, the chemical makeup of the cigarette smoke itself

contributes to premature aging of the skin. And, if wrinkles aren’t enough to dissuade you, don’t forget

there are a lot of other serious health concerns related to smoking that make this one bad habit to keep.

2. Water Bottles

Water bottles are a permanent accessory for anyone who works out regularly, or even just enjoys a

jog down the beach once in a while. While water is an essential element of keeping your body and skin

nourished (which helps prevent wrinkles), the act of drinking out of a bottle constantly can actually lead

to the formation of new fine lines around the mouth. Staying hydrated is important, but switching to a

cup rather than a bottle could help keep your mouth wrinkle-free for longer.

3. Drinking from Straws

Like drinking from water bottles, drinking out of straws regularly constantly forces the mouth into a

pursed position, which in turn encourages those little vertical grooves to form around the lips. Again,

making the commitment to drinking directly from your glass instead is a good start for preventing those

early fine lines from deepening.


Article by
San Diego Plastic Surgeon