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Vertical Lip Lines

Vertical Lip Lines

Also called smoker’s lines, vertical lip lines can be a source of self-consciousness for many people. These develop over time, and are fine lines and wrinkles that go from the vermilion border (the demarcation between the lip and the face at the edge of the lip) outwards, either down towards the chin or up towards the nose.

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Causes of Vertical Lip Lines

As the lips are one of the most expressive parts of the face, one of the main causes of lip lines are repetitive facial expressions, which, coupled with the natural ageing process, can turn fine lines into deep fissures over time. Ageing brings with it the breaking down of collagen and elastin, proteins that keep the skin firm and plump, and this, in turn, causes skin to become loose and sag. Smoking speeds up this process by both actively destroying collagen and reducing blood flow to the top layer of skin, as well as causing a repeated pursing of the lips during the process of smoking. Drinking through a straw or straight from a bottle can also have this effect. Repeated overexposure to the sun can be another cause of fine lines and wrinkles like these, as radiation in UV rays damages elastin in the skin.

Vertical lip lines are often more noticeable in women, as lipstick or lipgloss can bleed into these lines. Lip lines can be inherited as a genetic trait; passed from father to son and mother to daughter; if your parents have vertical lip lines, you are more likely to develop them as you age.

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Treatments for Vertical Lip Lines

At PHI Clinic we use injectable dermal fillers created by Juvederm to improve the appearance of vertical lip lines in our patients; to find out how we could help you, book a no obligation consultation with one of our highly trained injectable clinicians today.​

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