Lines around the mouth are also known as ‘smokers lines’. They can appear in anyone, not just smokers and tend to be seen from the age of 40.
How are upper lip lines treated?
Upper lip lines are relatively difficult to treat because it is an area that moves a lot throughout the day. Often a combination approach is required to help reduce the appearance of lines. At Cityskin we use two main modalities to treat lines around the mouth – anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.
Anti-wrinkle injections to treat lines around the mouth
Anti-wrinkle injections can be used to reduce the contraction in the muscle around the mouth. This helps to gently iron out the lines over time. We tend to use 2-4 units to treat the lines, with treatment lasting up to 8 weeks. The area around the mouth is difficult to treat – using a large number of units here would last longer but could make it more difficult to drink through a straw. We therefore go gently around the mouth with anti-wrinkle injections.
Dermal fillers to treat lines around the mouth
Dermal filler can also be used in the upper lip area to soften the lines. Dermal filler help to provide structural support to prevent creases forming when you eat, drink and speak. This treatment is different from lip filler – when softening upper lip lines we place microscopic threads of filler perpendicular to the lines whereas lip dermal filler is places directly into the lips themselves.
Upper lip lines often require a multi-faceted approach with small amounts of dermal filler and anti-wrinkle injections. Book a free consultation today with one of the experienced team to see how Cityskin can help.