Lip wrinkles, also known as lip lines, lipstick lines, or smoker’s lines, are the thin vertical lines that form on the lips as we age. These lines can be tricky to hide. Ideally, treating the lines so they are filled is preferable to attempting to conceal them with makeup, as the right lip wrinkle treatment can give a refreshed, youthful appearance.
Lip wrinkles form on the lips and the skin above the upper lip. On the lips, they appear as a set of fine vertical lines. When women wear lipstick the colour can often run into these lines, making them more apparent.
As we age, collagen production decreases a little more every year so the skin becomes thinner and less elastic. The lips, which are typically plump and voluminous during our youth, become thinner and flatter, which can change the shape of our face and profile.
Besides natural ageing, another major cause of lip lines is through excessive sun exposure, as UV rays attack elastin in the skin. Lip wrinkles on the upper lip can also be caused by smoking. Smoking produces free radicals in the body, which contribute to premature ageing. It is also possible that the motion of drawing in smoke could contribute to lip wrinkles. Using drinking straws, repetitive facial expressions and even the way we speak may also increase the ageing effects on our lips. So, what are the best lip wrinkle treatments to reduce the appearance of these lines?
Best Lip Wrinkle Treatments Option 1: Volite
Volite has been fondly nicknamed the “six-month moisturiser” by aesthetic practitioners because of its incredible hydrating benefits.
Volite is an advanced dermal filler made up of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring molecule that already exists within our bodies, it causes water retention in the skin, so, naturally, these fillers help boost hydration in the lip area which further increases the rejuvenating effects. It was designed to treat lost volume, structure and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles, Volite, in particular, is ideal for targeting the fine lines around the lips, restoring their original volume and shape.
We recently treated Alice Hart-Davis in the lips as she had a loss of hydration that was causing some lip lines to appear. She was treated by Dr Tapan, who used Juvederm Volite to improve the appearance of these wrinkles at rest and on animation.
Best Lip Wrinkle Treatments Option 2: AquaGold
AquaGold Fine Touch is a gold-plated micro-injection system that delivers custom solutions painlessly into the skin to affect the dermis (the top layer of skin). The applicator consists of micro-needles that are smaller than hairs and a reservoir that can be filled with dermal filler to specifically target the lip area.
The dermal filler is applied gently into the skin at a depth of 600 microns in order to improve texture, tone, and even firmness, this treatment is ideal for sensitive areas such as the lips and has amazing coverage.
Outcomes from AquaGold treatments include smoother firmer skin, more even texture, and improved tone. The skin can also become plumper due to the increased thickness of the dermis following the needle stimulation. Results are usually noticeable at two weeks following your treatment, and AquaGold treatments do not have any associated downtime.
Best Lip Wrinkle Treatments Option 3: Laser Resurfacing
Most people think that laser resurfacing is only used for severe scars and burns victims. However, if you see an expert who is trained and adept at using the device, it can be extremely effective in reducing and removing fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area.
The CO2 laser is an ablative laser, which means that it removes dead skin cells, leaving a fresh layer. It stands to reason, then, that this device is great for skin rejuvenation.
Using a CO2, fractional laser, our practitioners can deliver concentrated pulses of light to the skin, resurfacing the top layer or layers. During the healing process new skin emerges, which appears taut and smoother, reducing lines and wrinkles, leading to an overall healthier and refreshed appearance.
Lip treatment Available at PHI Clinic
For a lip wrinkle treatment consultation with one of our specialist aesthetic practitioners at PHI Clinic contact us on 0207 034 5999.