Lipstick lines, also known as “smoker’s lines,” are wrinkles that form around the mouth. These wrinkles often occur as part of the normal aging process but certain common habits can make these creases show up earlier. Lipstick lines are vertical lines that can be accelerated by cigarettes, not using enough moisturizer, not protecting your skin from the sun, and even drinking frequently from straws. As a consequence, it is very common for both men and women to suffer from these over time. Unfortunately, as women tend to wear lipstick more often, these lipstick lines unevenly distribute the cosmetic coloring—you may even see the lipstick spread into cracks leading away from the mouth.
If the lipstick lines are not very deep then dermabrasion is sometimes considered as an option. Dr. Dominic Castellano, a board certified, facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, Florida, states that, “The decision to flatten or fill is one that should be made together with your surgeon during the collaborative process of consultation.” Your skin type, potential downtime, and severity of wrinkles versus the desired results are all factors to consider.
For wrinkles around the mouth, filling them in with an injectable dermal filler is often the best option. Using Juvederm or Restylane will help restore the natural elasticity of youth and erase the wrinkles (at least for several months). These three dermal fillers all contain hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance the helps keep our skin firm and flexible. The decision to use one filler over the other is best discussed with a qualified surgeon that can examine your facial lines and determine which substance will work best for you. Injectable fillers are a great way to improve the contours of your face and restore your youthful appearance without surgery and with little or no downtime
Once you have discussed all options with your surgeon, the actual procedure takes just a few minutes so you can schedule it for a lunch break. The recovery time is minimal and you may experience only some minor bruising which will dissipate within a day or so. The results from injectable fillers are impressive. It will amaze you how even the most simple cosmetic procedures can drastically change your appearance under the care of a skilled surgical team. Consider combining your injectable filler with a treatment of Botox and take your wonderful results even further!