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Smoker’s Lines or
Vertical Lip Lines

What is Smoker’s Lines / Vertical Lip Lines?

Smoker’s lines are the vertical lines that tend to form along the vermillion border or the border between the upper lips and the skin around the mouth. With age, they may become more noticeable, as the lips tend to lose their volume, hydration, and structural integrity with time and age-related changes in the body. Luckily, these pesky lines are quite treatable using botox and/or dermal fillers.

Treating Smoker’s Lines with Botox

Botox, a neuromodulator, has the unique ability to block muscle contractions, thus allowing the muscles around lines and wrinkles to relax. When injected in the regions of the lips and perioral area affected by smoker’s lines/vertical lip lines, the muscles beneath can be mildly relaxed, resulting in fewer wrinkles and a smoother, more youthful appearance in the skin above.

Treating Smoker’s Lines with Dermal Fillers

Wrinkles and lines around the mouth form from loss of volume and integrity of surrounding tissues as we age. The good news is that this can be reversed effectively by volume replacement with dermal fillers. These are specially formulated to provide hydration and volume to a treatment area. By strategically injecting dermal fillers in the vertical lip lines around the lips, the skin can be restored to its smooth and even surface. As the fillers work their magic, skin volume increases in the treatment areas, plumping and reinvigorating the skin’s integrity. This essentially ‘fills in’ the lines and wrinkles, doing away with bothersome vertical smoker’s lines!

What to expect

Dermal filler and Botox treatments are generally well-tolerated, quick, and quite safe. Treatments are administered after the area is cleansed and prepped for the procedure. Topical numbing can be applied to the desired treatment areas to minimize any discomfort. Dermal fillers themselves are medicated with a small dose of lidocaine which adds additional numbing to the treatment area as well.

Dr. Brandish is an expert injector with years of experience in administering high-quality treatment results with fillers, botox, and other injectables. All things considered, treatment should be quick and easy. For more information on what to expect, see our Dermal Fillers and Botox pages.

How do I get started?

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