One of the most common complaints we hear from patients is the appearance over time of vertical lip lines, commonly referred to as “smoker’s lines” or “lipstick lines”. These stubborn wrinkles are caused by a variety of factors, including age, genetics, repetitive lifestyle habits, and in some individuals, smoking.
Vertical lip lines, or wrinkles around the lips is not always caused by smoking, despite its common reference as smokers lines. In fact, they are mostly caused by repetitive regular lip movements, and in some individuals are hard to avoid. These lines are noticeable when lipstick “bleeds” into these fine lines, which earns these wrinkles their other common name “lipstick lines”.
As with all wrinkles, preventing their formation or deeper etching of these lines is the first line of defense.
Once these vertical lip lines develop, treatment usually requires a soft approach so the area still looks natural, but without the lines.
Restylane Silk is the newest product to treat these pesky wrinkles. Restylane Silk is the newest filler on the block approved by the FDA this year. It is the softer, thinner sister filler to the classic Restylane, which has been approved since 2005 for the treatment of facial wrinkles and smile lines or the parenthesis lines (nasolabial folds). Setting it apart from other fine line fillers like Belotero, Restylane Silk contains the anesthetic lidocaine to improve comfort during the procedure.
Restylane Silk is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally found sugar molecule in the body. Our natural supply of hyaluronic diminishes over time with age, and fine lines and loss of collagen occurs as a result. Because of its unique small particle size, Restylane Silk can re-deliver this naturally plumping substance to minimize fine vertical smoker’s lines.
In FDA studies, 98% of participants treated with Restylane Silk reported an improvement in lip wrinkles. Over 75% of subjects still showed improvement 6 months after their initial injection. There is no downtime to the procedure, and the treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.
Because “smokers lines” are so pesky, sometimes multiple treatment methods may be needed to result in complete correction.
Subtle, artful and expert treatment is key, as this area can easily look “done” or overfilled. But in experienced hands, smokers lines can be totally banished. Dr. Chiu is an injector trainer for fillers including Restylane Silk. Call us today for a consultation.
. . . Shared by the TDI team