Quick Facts

  • Lip Lines are the vertical lines that appear with age above our lips
  • Dermal Filler is an effective treatment for lip lines
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What are Lip Lines?

Lip Lines are the lines that radiate outward from the upper or lower lips. They are also known as “bar codes” or “smokers’ lines” although most people with these lines have never smoked.

What causes lip lines?

As we age, our collagen production diminishes causing the skin to lose elasticity and volume. In addition, the fat in the perioral lip area reduces with age. This fat acts like a mattress under the skin and gives a plumping effect. As the fat goes, the skin sits directly on the muscle (orbicularis oris muscle), which means the dynamic lines of movement are then visible. This loss of support tissue and thinning of the skin, cause lip lines to form and over time become permanently etched into the skin.

Lip Lines are exacerbated by:

  • Repeated facial expressions such as pursing the lips and very expressive faces
  • Smoking,
  • Excessive sun exposure.
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Dermal filler for lip lines

Dermal Filler treatment is effective at replacing the volume loss caused by ageing in the lip area. Dermal filler can add support and volume and fill in the Lip Lines. As a result, the skin has a soft support structure to sit on, and the lines from the movement of the muscles underneath are less visible. If “ lipstick bleeding” into the lines is an issue, we can carefully inject small amounts of Dermal Filler in specific areas such as the lip border and into the lip lines to prevent this occurring. A comprehensive understanding of facial proportions and balance is essential at the initial assessment to ensure a natural attractive result that doesn’t look over filled. At Face To Face Medical we avoid the overfilled lip.

A detailed assessment is critical when treating Lip Lines as this treatment is not suitable for everyone. The ideal candidate has volume loss and mild to moderate lines. If the area is already quite full due to previous treatments, then adding more filler may overfill the area and look unnatural. Mono-Thread treatment or laser therapy may be a better option in this circumstance. Our experienced clinicians will provide an honest assessment of your situation and your treatment options.

While we are at the forefront of aesthetic lip filler trends, we treat patients with the backbone of science, prudence, and trusted safe injection practices. All of our clinicians are constantly trained on up-to-date lip injection techniques and best practices.

More information on Lip Filler

Antiwrinkle Injections for lip lines

Antiwrinkle Injections can be used on its own or in conjunction with Lip Filler treatment to further improve results. The muscle controlling the lips is a circular muscle that acts like a purse string bag when contracting or pursing the lips. Antiwrinkle Injections reduce the movement of the lip muscle (orbicularis oris) of the upper and lower lips and therefore prevent the lines forming or deepening if they are already present. In addition, it has the added benefit of everting or pulling up the upper lip creating a slightly fuller more youthful lip.

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