The term “smoker’s lines” refers to the vertical lines that develop around the mouth area, typically on the upper lip. These lines are associated not only with smoking but is also part of the normal aging process of the face. The muscle that encircles the mouth area (orbicularis oris) is very strong and tends to pull inward in a purse-string fashion. Repeated contraction of this muscle over time combined with the loss of facial volume leads to the development of smoker’s lines. Fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane will help fill and smooth these lines.
In addition, using small doses of Botox Cosmetic will also help relax the muscle to smooth smoker’s lines. Most patients prefer a combination of both products for a complete, natural effect. Besides cosmetic injections, laser skin resurfacing (Erbium MicroLaserPeel) is an excellent way to improve the texture and appearance of the skin in this area.