What are smoking lines?
The lines around the mouth are known as smoking lines, barcode lines or perioral lines. Many non-smokers also develop these lines as they age, from speaking and eating. Sun damage which causes collagen and elastin in the skin to break down, increases the progression of these lines.
What can be done?
- Botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox Cosmetic) in a very low dose can temporarily reduce the force of the “oo” movement and make these lines less apparent when speaking.
- Soft dermal fillers such as Belotero,® Juvederm, Emervel ® or Restylane-L can be carefully injected into these lines. It is important to avoid over filling otherwise a ‘monkey look’ will be achieved. Often, re-defining the border of the lips can soften these lines without having to inject them individually. Replacing lost volume around the entire area surrounding lips, provides a scaffolding for the skin to lay across more smoothly and supports the corner of the mouth.
- Fraxel Dual 1550/1927 Laser Resurfacing can smooth these lines for a prolonged period.
- Venus Viva for remodeling and resurfacing the skin.