Stamping Out Wrinkles: Treatments for Smokers' Lines
By Patricia Berbari on March 30, 2016
Dr. Patricia Berbari has helped countless patients in and around Gatineau look their absolute best. This is thanks to her various approaches to skin care and aesthetic enhancement. By offering surgical and non-surgical treatments, she has been able to unlock the inner beauty in many patients.
Sometimes when a patient has issues with lines and wrinkles, relying on non-surgical procedures such as cosmetic injectable treatments and peels is best. With that in mind, let's consider smokers' lines and how these can be treated.
What Are Smokers' Lines?
Smokers' lines are the thin, vertical lines that appear around the lip area. These unsightly facial lines can leave you looking years older than you really are. Even though these wrinkles are called smokers' lines and are often associated with smokers, they can affect people who do not smoke as well.
What Causes Are Smokers' Lines?
Smokers' lines are typically caused by the breakdown of collagen under the skin. As this occurs, hollows, sagging, and wrinkles become more likely. In addition, smokers' lines tend to form as a person moves their lips a lot. This combination of collagen breakdown and muscle movements over time can make these wrinkles more likely. Smoking, sun damage, poor hydration, and a poor diet can contribute to the formation of smokers' lines as well.
Thankfully there are many non-surgical methods for treating these small lines and wrinkles.
Options for Skin Resurfacing
When smokers' lines are just starting to form, sometimes skin resurfacing treatments are all that is necessary to address matters. This includes minor chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and light therapy. We can go over each of these treatments in greater detail during your consultation.
When the smokers' lines are related to muscle movements, the best option to consider may be BOTOX® injections. BOTOX® cosmetic is a type of injection therapy that freezes the muscle contractions in the injection site. This helps prevent the further formation of wrinkles and smoothing out the skin in the process.
Dermal Filler Injections
Dermal filler injections are a different kind of injection treatment than BOTOX® cosmetic. Dermal fillers increase the volume in the injection site, filling in wrinkles, lines, and hollows in the process. There are different kinds of dermal fillers available to address patient needs, and the ideal filler for you can be determined during the consultation process.
Combining Multiple Treatment Options
While each of these treatment can be quite effective on their own, great results can be achieved by combining various treatments above. We will assess your situation and determine the ideal options for you during your visit.
In addition to professional procedures, we will also recommend options for prevention that can be helpful. In brief, smokers' lines can often be prevented by not smoking, using a moisturizer, using sun protection, and eating a healthy and well-balanced diet.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Patricia Berbari
To learn more about treating smokers' lines and helping you look your very best, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care and plastic surgery practice today. Dr. Patricia Berbari and her team will work with you to help you look your very best.
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