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Botox for smokers lines before and after

Smoking is bad for you. It’s a fact. But what if we told you there was something you could do about it?

If you’re a smoker, and you’re starting to get the lines around your lips, mouth, or eyes, it’s time to put an end to that. And the best way to do that is by getting Botox for smokers lines before and after.

What are Botox for smokers lines? They’re exactly what they sound like: injections of Botox in areas where smoking can cause wrinkles. When you look at your face in the mirror, do your lips seem loose and baggy? Do your eyelids droop? Do you want to keep smoking, but also want to look good again?

Why wait until you quit smoking? If it’s time to stop, then it’s time to start treating those wrinkles. Stop putting off the inevitable—you can either continue looking tired and old and give up on fixing it… or you can take control of your appearance now, and make sure those wrinkles never have a chance to come back. Blink twice if this is a problem you’d like us to help with.

You may find it hard to access the right information on the internet, so we are here to help you in the following article, providing the best and updated information on Botox for smokers lines before and after, botox for smokers lines cost. Read on to learn more. We at collegelearners have all the information that you need about best treatment for smokers lines around mouth 2021. Read on to learn more.

Botox for smokers lines before and after

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Improving “smoker’s lines”, or “radial lip lines”, is a common thing that brings people to see me.  The fact that so many people have them and want them treated means that there is no single great treatment for everybody, but there are several good options.  A problem is that there is at least one really bad option as well, and people often come to see me after getting this.  Let me back up and tell you the story from the beginning.

Anatomy of Smoker’s Lines

Radial lip lines, or “smoker’s lines”, are the insertion of muscles into the skin and lips.  The orbicularis oris is the muscle that tenses, or puckers, the lips, and when you flex it (by puckering), these lines get really deep.  In youth, this is usually not an issue due to the elasticity of the young facial skin.  You flex the muscles, pucker, and make any motions, and then relax and the lines are gone.  As collagen is lost with time, the skin thins, and eventually they get inscripted, or etched into the skin so the lines are present at rest.  This is a gradual process that depends on the skin quality, as well as the size and location of the muscle and insertion into the skin.  It may have something to do with smoking as well, though I think of them primarily as a result of genetics and aging.

Lip Line Disaster

One thing that I have seen horrible results from is getting some Botox (or one of its cousins, Dysport or Xeomin) injected into these lines to make them “disappear”.  It works great for the Crow’s Feet and Frown Lines, so it should work on the smoker’s lines as well, right?  No.  Not in my experience.  By relaxing the muscle that moves the lips, the lips move less both at rest (a decrease in the resting tone of the muscle) and with movement (when talking, eating, or smiling).  That is the better case scenario, with a “subtle” treatment.

The “Denture Look”

With a more aggressive treatment, you can have flattening of the lip, lengthening of the upper lip, and a “floppy looking” upper lip.  The lower lip may move or not, depending if lines in the lower lip were treated with Botox.  The lips roll inward, fall down, and the muscles around the lips and mouth try to compensate for the lack of movement of the lips.  This gives a look that I consider to be the signature look of denture wearers when they are not wearing the dentures.  It is not a look that people find desirable in the least, and my nickname for the look doesn’t do it any favors.  Sometimes, when you are trying to treat something aggressively, you can get complications or results of treatment that are worse than the condition being treated.

About Those Easy Solutions to Remove Smoker’s Lines…

Lip lines are stubborn and cannot be “removed”.  Don’t fall for the late-night TV ads or Instagram posts from “experts” that tell you otherwise.  If it was so easy, cheap, and effective, then nobody would have complaints about these.  Save your money, and adjust your expectations.Is there no hope, then?  There is, but instead of “Remove”, think about “Improve”.  We have good options to improve lip lines, but removal is unrealistic and seeking this will get you in trouble.  Like in other parts of the face, stepwise improvement will keep your smile looking great, and will give you reasons to smile.  If it sounds too good (and easy) to be true, then be skeptical.And stay tuned for Part II of this Blog post, where I discuss some options for how I address lip lines.

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Can smoker’s lines around the mouth be corrected with dermal filler?

CAN SMOKER’S LINES AROUND THE MOUTH BE CORRECTED WITH DERMAL FILLER?

LINES AROUND THE MOUTH ARE FORMED IN MUCH THE SAME WAY AS LINES AROUND THE EYES OR FOREHEAD IN THAT THEY ARE MAINLY CAUSED BY MUSCLE MOVEMENT COMBINED WITH COLLAGEN LOSS IN THE SKIN. WHEN WE PERSISTENTLY MOVE A PARTICULAR AREA OF THE FACE, IT CAN RESULT IN A PERMANENT LINE THAT, OVER TIME, CAN BECOME A MUCH DEEPER WRINKLE.

Smoker’s lines appear as little vertical lines above the upper lip and are also known as ‘barcode’ lines because they run vertically downwards into the top lip. They develop around the mouth because of the frequent puckering of the lips caused by repetitive pouting action as a result of talking, pouting and smoking. You start to notice them as the skin ages, collagen degrades, and elastin levels in the skin drop. This means the area of skin above the upper lip, which is always being stretched when we open our mouths or smile, becomes less able to spring back into shape and starts to collapse into tiny wrinkles.

WHY ARE ‘BARCODE’ LINES MORE COMMON IN SMOKERS?

Barcode lines are much more evident in smokers, mainly because smoking is detrimental to the health of our skin and breaks down collagen and elastin much quicker. Smoking will affect the skin all over your body, but these lines are some of the first to show up on the face, which is why they’re often thought of as smoker’s lines.

They also appear as lip volume decreases because elasticity has reduced, and the body of the lip is no longer holding the skin taut meaning the surrounding lip tissues have less support . For this reason, lip enhancement in the upper lip can often soften the look of these tiny vertical lines.

CAN BOTOX OR DERMAL FILLER HELP?

It’s widely believed that the best thing for eliminating wrinkles is Botox, however, the mouth area is one of the few exceptions.  The mouth is an unpredictable place to inject muscle-relaxant and can lead to droopiness or even dribbling as a result of treatment for mouth lines. Botox can be a good choice in people whose lip lines are there on movement but not on rest, and so who would respond well to a very light dose of Botox.

Instead, in most cases, to smooth out lines around the mouth the most popular option is dermal fillers. They work by hydrating the area, replenishing lost volume, and smoothing out the lines for a more youthful appearance. Depending on how deep the lines are, there are two approaches that a practitioner can take when it comes to treating this concern with dermal filler. The first is to inject small amounts of filler very precisely along the lines and along the lip border, without plumping the lips themselves. The second way is to fill the lips with dermal filler, which gently stretches the skin and so reduces the lip lines. In some cases, we may combine both approaches.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS?

In many cases, you may see a better result with a treatment designed to kickstart collagen production within the skin, such as an RF microneedling treatment that uses heat to prompt collagen re-growth. The Profound RF device can do this. It works by penetrating the skin at a precise depth with tiny needles, before momentarily releasing a burst of radiofrequency energy to heat the skin. The deep skin tissue is heated to precisely 67 degrees Celsius and held at this temperature for several seconds. The heat damages the existing collagen in the skin, which shrinks in protest (providing an immediate tightening and lifting effect) before starting to repair itself. That repairing part takes time, so optimum results will be seen three to twelve months after treatment. Profound RF is a one-off treatment, and studies show a 100% response rate for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including those in the upper lip area.

The best treatment for you can be determined during a comprehensive consultation with an experienced practitioner. Upper lip lines can be hard to treat without the help of in-clinic procedures, but with the right approach, it’s possible to achieve life-changing and long-lasting results.

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