As we age, a common complaint that affects us all is the appearance of fine vertical lies above our lips. These lines are more commonly referred to as ‘smoker’s lines’, and this term will bring to mind, (in people of a certain generation!), Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street with her cigarette hanging out of a pursed mouth. However, many people who suffer from smoker’s lines may never have smoked a cigarette in their lives.
Are you causing smoker’s lines without even realising it?
Also known as ‘lipstick lines’, as they stand out more when lipstick bleeds into them, these wrinkles can appear for several reasons. Smoking is a major factor; but so are age; genetics, and repetitive lifestyle habits. Pursuing your lips to drink with a straw, or through the top of a drink, bottle can have a damaging effect on the skin around your lips. It is a bit of a kick in the teeth to realise that the way that you drink the water to hydrate and plump your skin, could be the very thing contributing to the lines in the first place.
Banish Smoker’s Lines with Dermal Fillers
You will be delighted to hear that there are ways to deal with these wrinkles. As prevention is always better than cure, you should start by making some lifestyle changes:
- Stop smoking
- Use sunscreen regularly
- Avoid drinking through straws or from narrowly topped drink bottles
To ‘banish smoker’s lines’ that already exist, it is possible to use dermal fillers to fill the wrinkles, plump the skin and give a more youthful look.
The lip fillers used by Eden Medical are manufactured using Hyaluronic Acid, a substance that occurs naturally within the body. This ensures that the process is safe, as there is a very low likelihood of an adverse reaction, and all of the injected material will eventually break down in the body. This does mean that the treatment will need to be repeated over time, if you wish to maintain a certain look, as the effects are non-permanent. However, the results are immediately visible, allowing for a highly tailored and personalised treatment, which will mean that you can achieve the exact look that you desire.
The Hyaluronic Acid also attracts and binds water molecules, so it will help to hydrate your skin, resulting in a younger, fresher look.
How Does the Lip Filler Treatment Take Place?
15 – 20 minutes before the treatment takes place, a prescription anaesthetic cream is applied to the injection sites. The lip filler is injected at precise locations in your skin or lips and the skin is massaged to smooth out the material. Whilst the treatment is taking place you will be given a mirror to hold so that you can see the results, which are apparent immediately. The whole treatment should take around 30 minutes.
How Long Do Lip Fillers Last?
Depending on the areas treated, and the metabolism rate of the patient, lip fillers can last from 6-12 months.
The Procedure Explained
Embarking on a dermal filler journey to smooth away smokers’ lines is a straightforward process at our clinic. Here’s what you can expect:
Consultation: Your experience begins with a personalised consultation. Our skilled practitioners will discuss your aesthetic goals and assess your skin’s condition to ensure dermal fillers are the right choice for you.
Preparation: On the day of your treatment, we’ll apply a prescription anaesthetic cream to the targeted area to minimise discomfort.
The Procedure: Using a fine needle, we’ll carefully inject the Hyaluronic Acid filler into the specific areas where the smoker’s lines are most prominent. You’ll have a mirror in hand, so you can see the transformation unfold in real time.
Post-Treatment: After the injections, we’ll gently massage the area to ensure the filler is evenly distributed. The entire session takes about 30 minutes, and you can return to your daily activities immediately after.
Maintenance and Care Tips
To ensure you get the most out of your dermal fillers, follow these simple tips:
- Sun Protection: Always apply a high-SPF sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent further damage.
- Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a balanced diet and stay hydrated to keep your skin in top condition.
- Skincare Routine: Use quality skincare products recommended by our specialists to prolong the effects of your treatment.
- Regular Check-ups: Schedule follow-up appointments with us to assess the need for additional treatments, ensuring your skin remains smooth and youthful.
By combining these care tips with regular treatments, you can effectively manage a smoker’s lines and enjoy a fresher, more youthful appearance.
FAQs: Understanding Fillers for Smoker's Lines
Smoker’s lines are the fine vertical wrinkles that appear around the mouth, often as a result of repetitive lip movements, including smoking. Dermal fillers help by plumping up the skin, smoothing out these lines and restoring a more youthful appearance.
Yes, when administered by a qualified professional, fillers are safe. The fillers we use at our clinic are based on Hyaluronic Acid, which is a substance naturally found in the body, reducing the risk of adverse reactions.
The injection process is quick, typically taking less than 30 minutes. You’ll also need a short consultation before the treatment to discuss your goals and any concerns.
There is no significant downtime. You may experience some slight swelling or bruising, but this usually subsides within a few days. Most clients return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
The effects of fillers typically last between 6 to 12 months. We recommend regular follow-up treatments to maintain the desired look.