The ‘barcode’ lines are the little vertical lines above the upper lip that run vertically downward into the lip. These lip lines are also called ‘smoker’s lines’ – no prizes for guessing why – or, more formally, ‘perioral’ lip lines, The mouth is a symbol of youth, attraction and sensuality.For anatomical reasons and environmental aggression, the aging of this zone is often more marked than the aging of the rest of the face.
The “bar code”, commonly seen among smokers, corresponds to breaks caused by the repeated contraction of the dermis during movements of the orbicularis muscle of the mouth and skin changes due to aging.
HOW TO GET RID OF VERTICAL LIP LINES” “BAR CODE LIPS”
Do you see tiny vertical lip lines above your top lip and around your mouth? These fine lines that run from the lips to just beneath the nose and around the mouth may be thin and shallow, but they add many years to the face. They also cause lips to appear thinner, robbing them of a youthful look. Where did these lip lines come from and how do we get rid of them?
WHAT CAUSES VERTICAL LIP LINES?
While many of us are genetically predisposed to vertical lip lines, many patients develop these lines due to daily habits like smoking or frequent use of straws. If you don’t yet see vertical lip lines or you want to slow their progression, we recommend adjusting your habits to avoid excess puckering. Also, quitting smoking is always a good idea.
TREATMENTS FOR VERTICAL LIP LINES
The field of aesthetic medicine is changing rapidly, and new treatments pop up regularly. At Beverly Hills Aesthetics, we provide FDA-approved treatments for facial rejuvenation, including top-rated treatments for vertical lip lines. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to aesthetic medicine, however. That is why we offer numerous options to provide you with the natural-looking results you desire. These include:
FILL AND SMOOTH VERTICAL LIP LINES WITH JUVEDERM AND RESTYLANE LIP FILLERS
One of the most common choices for minimizing the appearance of vertical lip lines is an hyaluronic acid (HA) filler, like Juvederm or Restylane. Hyaluronic acid is a natural part of your skin’s connective tissue. When we’re young, HA is produced by the body in abundance. As we age, hyaluronic acid production slows. By injecting a hyaluronic acid filler, we restore lost HA to soften vertical lip lines and restore lip fullness.
HOW MICRONEEDLING STIMULATES COLLAGEN FOR LIPS AND VERTICAL LIP LINES
Microneedling is a simple, safe and effective technique that has gained a lot of attention lately for treating scars and stretch marks; however, it is also a very effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, including vertical lip lines. After applying a topical anesthetic, your provider will make microscopic punctures in the skin using a handheld micropen device. These tiny micro-injuries allow the body to begin the healing process, producing collagen and elastin naturally; this is why microneedling is also referred to as “collagen induction therapy.” Microneedling also speeds up skin cell turnover, much like a chemical peel. A topical serum may also be used. This allows your skin to better absorb key ingredients for facial rejuvenation. Microneedling can be used almost anywhere, including the delicate lip and under-eye area.