There is a long list of negative health consequences of smoking from lung cancer and heart disease to premature wrinkling. The longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke in your life, the more your skin will age. A common issue for smokers is developing ‘smoker’s lines‘. This happens when deep lines form around the mouth from the repeated pursing of lips to inhale cigarettes.
Some studies show that smoking causes smokers to look an average of 1.4 years older than non-smokers. Heavier smokers and people who have had a lot of sun exposure often appear to be even older. In some severe cases, people can look 10-15 years older than their non-smoking peers.
The combination of atrophy (thinning lips) and reduction in collagen (decreased skin strength) that happens with age, means that there is a higher chance of developing wrinkles around the mouth and lip area when you smoke.
The lines above your lips, which are marionette lines, are often where smokers will first start to see lines. They can quickly become deeper, especially in the nasolabial fold (the line coming down from your nose to the other edge of your lips).
If you are conscious about smoker’s lines and looking to stop smoking to prevent your skin from ageing even more prematurely, there is another course of action that you can take to reduce the appearance of the lines.
Cosmetic injections can achieve very successful results in reducing the appearance of smoker’s lines. Aesthetics experts recommend that the procedure is done when you first start to see the lines for maximum results. The longer you wait, the deeper the crevices become and the harder they will be to smoothen out.
Those vertical lip lines are not just visible in smokers, non-smokers will usually develop lines above their mouth too. Cosmetic injections can be used by anyone who wants to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around their lips.
Having injectable fillers is a non-surgical treatment where a qualified aesthetics practitioner injects a small amount of dermal filler into the problem area. This plumps up the skin and smoothens the area above the mouth. The procedure does not usually hurt and a numbing cream can be applied to ensure you do not feel the injection.
It is important that you use a qualified aesthetics practitioner for any type of cosmetic injections, so you can be assured that you have a safe treatment with the right aftercare advice.
At SkinViva, all of our clinicians are medical professionals with advanced aesthetics training, providing a safe, hygienic environment and the highest standard of aftercare. If you would like to discuss whether an injectable filler treatment is a right option for you, we offer a free consultation to explain the procedure and answer any questions that you may have.
Call us today on 0161 865 1141 or enter your details into the online form to arrange your free consultation.
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