Smokers Lines

Small lines that etch the lips and may extend vertically from the lips are commonly referred to as lipstick lines or smoker's lines.

Smokers' lines are often first noticed when lipstick starts to 'bleed' out of the vermilion border (the border between the lip and adjacent skin) into the vertical fine lines around the mouth. They are more prevalent on the upper lips.

Causes of smoker's lines

Smoker's lines occur as we grow older and the lip naturally starts to lose its volume, along with repetitive bunching of the tissue from muscular activity. Smoking does not necessarily cause smoker's lines; physiological ageing in general cause lines, folds, and wrinkles in the lower face area, or anything below the eyes, to form.

As well as natural ageing, the effects of the sun can also develop and increase the lines around the lips. These lines are more likely to form in smokers due to the repeated pursing of the lips to draw from the cigarette. Smoking also breaks down the production of collagen, which in turn increases the appearance of wrinkles and causes the skin to thin.

How do we treat smoker's lines at Facial Aesthetics Northern Ireland?

We typically treat these lines with advanced dermal fillers, or Anti-Wrinkle Injections or a combination of both. The depth of the lines and extent of puckering will influence treatment modalities.

Dermal fillers offer the most effective non-surgical method for treating smoker's lines and it usually only requires a very small volume of the product injected into precise locations along the lines and lip border. The non-permanent dermal fillers we use present a non-invasive and cost effective means of treatment. Most importantly, they have a proven safety record. The results that can be achieved using dermal fillers for treating smokers' lines are stunning and natural looking.

For best results, we recommend a combination of dermal fillers and Anti-Wrinkle Injections.

Anti-Wrinkle Injections will help to relax muscular contracture, thereby relaxing the lines, whilst dermal fillers softens the more permanent etching that may have occurred.

Not only does combination of dermal fillers and Anti-Wrinkle Injections give superior results, this regime will help extend the longevity of the overall outcome. Patients can realistically expect to see improvement in the puckered look, as well as softening of the furrowed lines.

Also worth considering is a bit of lip enhancement. Adding some bulk to the lips with dermal fillers will also have a positive effect on the smoker's lines by further elongating the lip that has contracted over the years.

How long does the treatment take?

It usually takes around 30 minutes.

How quickly will I notice an effect?

Softening of furrowed lines is immediately noticeable. However, results gradually improve over the following two weeks.

How long will the effect last?

The results typically last 6-12 months although the exact length of time will depend on the structure of your skin and other factors such as lifestyle, age and the degree of perfection demanded by the individual. Additional touch up treatments can be performed at any time after the initial treatment.

Are there any side effects?

This is a very safe procedure in the hands of our highly experienced cosmetic doctor. Common side-effects include redness, swelling and mild lumpiness. These usually resolve within a few hours. It is uncommon to get any bruising.

Is this treatment reversible?

Yes. Treatments with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can be reversed by dissolving the product.

To book your appointment for Smoker's Lines treatment in Belfast, please contact Facial Aesthetics Northern Ireland on 028 9038 0070 or send an email to us

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