Second Look Aesthetics

Smokers Lines

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What are smoker’s 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.


What causes 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 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, mild swelling and mild lumpiness. These usually resolve within a few hours. It is uncommon to get any bruising.