Lip wrinkles or smokers lines around the mouth can be treated with different therapy approaches. The severity of the mouth lines determines the best lip wrinkles treatment. The options include:
- lip line filler
- anti-wrinkle injections around the mouth
- resurfacing for more extensive sun damage or smokers lines
- collagen stimulating treatments
Depending on the severity resurfacing can consist of laser resurfacing, radiofrequency or plasma pen. With less extensive smokers wrinkles PRP, skin needling or stimulating collagen injections will help plump out the lip wrinkles by producing new collagen. However, often combinations of the above treatments are required.
Lip Wrinkles Treatment with Fillers
Dermal fillers can be used to reduce lip lines, increase lip border definition. Lip line fillers remain the number one treatment approach to smokers lines and upper lip wrinkles. Injecting small amounts of dermal filler under the lines returns a more youthful appearance. The best filler for lines around the mouth is soft fillers rather than a thick filler. There are many choices available, and individual preference can depend on the cost and the extent of lip wrinkles.
The biggest fear of women seeking restoration of lip wrinkles with filler is that we will over plump their lips. If you want to have full lips, we can do that too. But for most ladies, it is about the rejuvenation of the lines around the mouth to restore a youthful, natural look.
Other treatments to fill lines around mouth include fat transfer and nano Vitis Aptos threadlift.
Lip Wrinkles Treatment with Anti-wrinkle Injections
This is a less conventional approach to the treatment of upper lip wrinkles. However, placing small amounts of anti-wrinkle injections around the mouth lessen the muscle movement and helps smooth the lines. This approach can be adopted when muscle movement is prominent in the cause, eg for smokers lines. Lip line fillers are commonly used in combination with anti-wrinkle injections.
Skin Resurfacing for more Severe Sun Damage and Smokers Lines.
A different approach is indicated when the damage is more severe. Sun damage and smoking both cause changes to the skin elasticity creating fixed deep lip lines. Laser resurfacing with CO2 laser remains the gold standard for removing wrinkles from sun and smokers lines. However, there are other options including erbium laser resurfacing, rf resurfacing and plasma pen. Resurfacing treatments address not only surface damage but also increase collagen production. Resurfacing procedures can be used in combination with fillers.
Collagen Stimulating Treatments for Lines around the Mouth
Collagen stimulating treatment includes PRP Injections, eMatrix radiofrequency, skin needling and collagen stimulating injections. The results of these are limited and often combined with lip line filler, anti-wrinkle injections or laser resurfacing.
Smokers Lines Are Not Always From Smoking.
Smokers lines are not always caused by smoking, but it certainly does increase the incidence of lines around the mouth. In particular, smoking increases upper lip wrinkles that lead to lipstick bleeds, and the reason is multifactorial.
Smoking increases inflammation which increases the risk of premature ageing. However, the act of puffing on a cigarette means repeated pursing of lips, creasing the skin in the same spot. This repeated movement increases the risk of developing lines around your mouth.
How Do Upper Lip Lines Form?
Upper lip lines form naturally over time from volume loss around the mouth area, decrease in skin collagen and elastin and repeated lip movements. The repeated expression is essential, as we use our lips an enormous amount. As we get less young depletion in skin structural elements (collagen and elastin) that support lips and allow our skin to bounce back, means we are more susceptible to damage from movement. It is the wear and tears from mouth action that causes lip lines to deepen and become fixed. Sun damage, smoking and other environmental factors worsen the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth.
Men Do Not Get Lip Wrinkles
The reason men do not get lip lines is that of moustaches. The hair growth on the upper lip and lower face in general act as structural support. So the repeated movement does not cause creasing in the skin and prevents lines around the mouth. Another factor is the men also have thicker skin overall, so more collagen as a baseline.
Lip Wrinkles Treatment Cost
Lip Lines Filler Cost
The cost of treating lines around your mouth with fillers depending on the product used and the amount requires. Lip line filler cost starts at $399 for 1 ml and can extend up to $770 for specialised filler. Most commonly 1ml of dermal filler is required, but sometimes 2ml is needed.
Anti-wrinkle Injections around Mouth Cost
The amount of anti-wrinkle injections required to soften muscle movement is tiny. The cost of this is $120.
Lip Lines Resurfacing Cost
The cost of peri-oral skin resurfacing for smokers lines is $550.
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