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Why Do I Have Lip Lines?

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Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

by Mandy Morsek NP-C

Why do I have “smoker’s lines” if I never smoked? Why do I have a barcode across my top lip? Why does my lipstick “bleed” up onto my top lip? These are some of the questions that I often get when consulting with women from every decade of life to determine what bothers them most about their appearance. Lip lines are one of the first things we notice during a quick glance in the mirror to check our lipstick or just our appearance in general. Unfortunately, lip lines can make a woman appear years older than her actual age.

Why do I have lip lines?

Those pesky little lines above your top lip are caused by a multitude of factors. First off, as we age, we lose collagen, which causes our skin to thin and lose elasticity. The problem with losing elasticity is that when contracting the lip muscles to make the lips pucker, the skin wants to stay contracted and does not want to smooth out once released. Other causes include habits such as repetitive use of straws and cigarette smoking. Lastly, there are some things we just cannot completely prevent, such as sun exposure and the puckering motion of our lips while simply speaking simple words like what, when, and where.

How can I prevent or smooth lip lines?

Aging is a tough process. We feel younger than the person we see in the mirror. The absolute best thing we can do to coast through the aging process is to partake in preventative activities and maintain a good skin care regimen. A combination of the following will prevent the formation of severe lip lines:

  • Medical Grade skin care, including exfoliation
    • Contain many anti-aging ingredients
    • If used consistently, a good routine can repair the skin if you already have fine lines
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
    • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation breaks down collagen
  • Stay hydrated
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Keep lips hydrated. One of our favorite products is Revision’s YouthFull Lip Replenisher
  • Botox
    • Only four units to the top lip to reduce puckering
  • Dermal Fillers
    • For volume loss and to fill the lines, if needed
  • Chemical peels
  • Microneedling and Laser resurfacing
    • Stimulates collagen and elastin
  • Reduce the puckering motion
    • Do not smoke
    • Refrain from using straws

What is my next step?

Book your complimentary consultation with our aesthetic providers to get started! Call our Madison office at (706) 719-3939 or our Macon office at (478) 743-2299

Spa Medical® is located in downtown Macon and Madison, Georgia, and offers surgical and non-surgical anti-aging procedures to help you look as young as you feel.

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to receive a customized treatment plan

enjoy a relaxing environment

during your treatment/procedure

Look & Feel Younger

because you deserve it

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