Lip lines, which are often called ‘lipstick lines’ or ‘smoker lines’ describe the small vertical lines that form on the skin above and below the lips. They often develop in our 30s and become more prominent in our 40s. They are caused by:
- Loss of collagen, elastin and skin hydrators as we age (exacerbated by smoking and sun exposure)
- Facial expression, causing the skin to be repeatedly creased
- Gravity, causing the skin to drop
- Sleep, causing the face to be scrunched by the pillow
Botulinum toxin has been used in medical treatments for over 4 decades and was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of wrinkles in 1989. It is now one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. It works by temporarily blocking the connection between nerves and muscles, thereby relaxing muscles. Botulinum toxin can effectively treat lip lines by relaxing the muscle around the lips (Orbicularis Oris muscle), smoothening visible lines.
Biorevitalisation describes a treatment where light hyaluronic acid, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are injected under the skin surface to rehydrate, brighten and smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of lip lines. This is a refreshing treatment for the skin and lasts for approximately 6 months. For optimal results, you may benefit from a course of 2-4 treatments (1 per month) alongside Light Emitting Diode (LED) facials.
Dermal filler is a substance that is injected into the dermis of the skin in order to fill the area. Hyaluronic acid dermal filler is injected into the lip lines to plump and smooth the skin. This is an effective and long-lasting treatment.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is the gold standard therapy for skin smoothing and tightening. CO2 laser creates tiny burns in the skin that stimulate the skin to repair and re-model into healthier skin. The treatment can be mild (for gentle resurfacing and stimulation), moderate (for skin tightening, treating pigmentation and fine lines) or intense (for acne scars and deep wrinkles). CO2 laser is an excellent way of treating fine lines around the mouth and the results are long-lasting.
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Morpheus 8 is a device that combines microneedling with radiofrequency heat energy to smooth and firm the skin. As the small needles enter the skin, the tips of the needles heat up with radiofrequency energy. This sends controlled heat energy into the upper layers of the skin and stimulates collagen production, thus tightening, firming and smoothing the skin over several months after the treatment. Morpheus 8 is safe for any skin type and can be used alongside other treatments such as dermal fillers.