Vertical lines, also known as smoker’s lines, are one of the tell-tale signs of aging. They also signal unhealthy habits such as tanning and smoking. While there are different reasons that cause these marks to appear, treatment for smoker’s lines is available. There are a variety of treatments that can erase these lines to give your face its youthful appearance once more. Here’s what you need to know about smoker’s lines and how to get rid of them.
What Are the Causes of Smoker’s Lines?
Although smoking is known to make people look older sooner, the fine lines that appear around the mouth are not caused by smoking alone. These lines can appear for a variety of reasons including the following:
Activities like sipping through a straw, whistling, pursing your lips, or making faces can cause the muscles in the lips to contract. When these muscles are used often, larger lines appear and become a part of your appearance.
Smokers tend to purse their lips to smoke more often than non-smokers. This habitual use of the muscles in the lips can make the lines more obvious and lasting. In addition, the chemicals in cigarettes are known to contribute to premature aging as a whole by destroying healthy cells and polluting the body. Since these chemicals get on the hands, face, neck, and inside the body, the results of free radicals cause premature aging, illness, and cancer. Quitting smoking and replacing it with healthier lifestyle habits like walking, running, yoga, or swimming can help reverse some of the damage and make you look healthier and stronger.
Tanning and Sun Exposure
Minor lines in the lips are a normal part of aging, but what makes them more pronounced for some people more than others? People who tend to get more unprotected sun exposure may see these lines appear sooner than those who use adequate sun protection and skin covering such as hats and loose, light clothing. Since UVA and UVB rays are factors that cause us to look older, tanning beds are also something to look out for.
Treatment Options for Smoker’s Lines
The first way to treat smoker’s lines is to prevent them before they start. While it is impossible to never purse your lips or use a sipping motion to drink, you can protect your skin from external factors that cause aging. Quitting smoking if you smoke and wearing sunscreen when you go outside are two simple and effective ways to prevent premature aging. By limiting your exposure to sun, you can slow down and prevent skin cell damage, thereby increasing the health and appearance of you skin. However, if you already have smoker’s lines, here are some effective solutions to help you.
Fillers for Smoker’s Lines
One effective option that has been used to treat smoker’s lines is a hyaluronic acid filler (HA). HA is not acid, it is a natural part of the skin’s connective tissue and is produced in abundance when we are young. By injecting HA as a filler, it is restored to the body to soften these harsh lines and restore fullness and volume. Botox for smoker’s lines is also an effective option. It treats vertical lines by blocking the nerves that cause muscle contractions. As a result when you move your mouth, the depth of the lines is significantly reduced.
PRP for Smoker’s Lines
Another option to treat smoker’s lines is the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment. It makes these lines fade away, and brightens the skin tone, softens the complexion, and thickens the skin. Since the procedure uses the patient’s own plasma from their blood, there is no chance of side effects like allergic reactions occurring.
Lasers for Smoker’s Lines
Infini RF microneedling is an effective laser treatment for smoker’s lines and the various signs of aging. The insulated needles protect the layers of skin that do not need to be treated to focus the heat into the dermis (the layer underneath the surface skin). This means it can effectively treat the aging cells. The improvement is caused by the remodelling of collagen, which takes a few months.
Out of all the treatments mentioned above, the Infini RF treatment is arguably the best treatment for smoker’s lines. It treats numerous skin issues such as aging, texture, acne scars, sagging skin, trauma scars, sun damage, stretch marks, and more. There is no scarring or incisions, and the procedure is minimally invasive. Taking care of the skin after treatment is simple as well, and the healing process is fairly quick. It takes less treatments to produce results compared to the other options available, and since the results are gradual, you can have a more natural change.
Anti Aging Infini RF Treatment for Smoker’s Lines
If you suffer from premature aging or want to find an effective solution to treat your smoker’s lines, contact us for a consultation and we can set you up with the right treatment for you. The Infini RF treatment is an effective option that not only restores smoother skin, it also gives your face a more vibrant, clearer appearance.
At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, our Infini RF microneedling procedure is nearly risk-free. There is little to no recovery time and you won’t believe how much younger and refreshed and vibrant you will look as your skin heals from the treatment. To learn more about how this procedure can help you combat the signs of aging and reduce the damage that has already been done, contact us at (416) 546-4664 or e-mail us at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca. Book your first consultation today and our skincare specialists will help you make the right decisions about your skin.