Upper lip wrinkles, which are also referred to as ‘smoker’s lines’, are a sign of premature ageing and can affect both men and women. While upper lip lines usually only show up after the age of 40, if you spend a lot of time in the sun or you’re a smoker, these lines can show up a lot sooner.
The Main Causes
As we age, our bone structure (upper jawbone), begins to change, normally. Along with a loss of volume, this change can make the upper lip look flatter and thinner, which may appear in decrease of lips.
Another primary cause of upper lip wrinkles is the daily movement of your mouth. Everything from talking to pursing your lips can start to form lines.
Smoking is another factor that can accelerate the formation of upper lip wrinkles because the nicotine reduces the amount of anti-oxidants in your body, making the skin more prone to ageing and even sun damage.
Lastly, sun exposure is another one of the leading causes of wrinkle formation. The position of your lips makes them more prone to sun exposure than other areas of your face, which is why it’s easier for wrinkles to form around the mouth.
Upper lip wrinkle treatments
epiclinic is cosmetic clinic specialised in treatments with wrinkle relaxers and uses anti-wrinkles to relax the muscles surrounding the lips in order to smooth out wrinkles.
Choosing the right cosmetic clinic for this procedure is incredibly important because the dosage of anti-wrinkle injections needs to be chosen very carefully. Too much injection treatment and you may find it difficult to eat or talk.
Most patients will be able to enjoy the results of their treatment for several months before another treatment is required but this varies between patients.
Dermal fillers can also be used to plump out wrinkles on the upper lip.
In some cases, a ‘sheet’ of dermal filler will be used to add volume to the entire upper lip by placing it beneath the skin. While dermal fillers don’t require much downtime, the results don’t last as long as other treatments such as laser.
Patients can also expect minimal bruising and swelling, which is another reason why this treatment is so popular.
Laser resurfacing is another option for reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the upper lip.
The laser used during this treatment will stimulate the production of collagen and help the skin to regenerate. Unfortunately, this treatment is not ideal for everyone and requires downtime of up to 2 weeks.
Using laser treatments on the upper lip can also cause the skin to tighten to such an extent that it makes simple tasks such as drinking through a straw a lot harder. Most cosmetic surgeons generally opt for dermal filler or anti-wrinkle injection treatments to treat wrinkles on the upper lip as it provides the safest, most long-lasting results.
Again, remember that not just any doctor can administer these treatments so it’s important to choose your clinic carefully.