What’s the Best Treatment for Vertical Lip Lines?

Close up of woman with beautiful lips

Speaking. Smiling. Kissing. 

These are just a few of the ways we use our lips to communicate with the world and those we love.

Over time, though, you may find that your lips begin to communicate unwelcome clues about your age. Lip lines often show up as vertical lines on our lips and the skin surrounding them. Makeup can also settle into the lines, making them even more noticeable. 

At Cayce Medical Spa, we’ve helped many patients reduce the appearance of lip lines for a more youthful appearance. Let’s go over the answers to some of the most common questions people have about lip lines and what to do about them

What Causes Lip Lines?

Lip lines, as with many other signs of aging, begin with a loss of collagen. Our bodies naturally produce about 1% less collagen each year after the age of 20. Eventually, this causes our skin to become thinner and less elastic. Skin also produces less natural oil, leading to increased dryness as we age. 

Another contributor to lip lines is the muscle contractions associated with natural movement. Many people refer to lip lines as “smoker’s lines,” but other movements may also influence the appearance of lines on or near the lips:

  • Speaking
  • Smiling
  • Breathing
  • Eating
  • Drinking, especially through a straw

Besides these changes, sun damage is another cause. Ultraviolet radiation breaks down collagen, which leads to premature aging beyond what would have occurred naturally. 

How Can You Prevent or Reduce Lip Lines?

A good skin care routine may help you prevent or reduce the signs of premature aging, including lip lines. Important steps include avoiding activities that may increase lip lines and using products that promote collagen production.

  • Don’t smoke
  • Stay hydrated, but avoid drinking through a straw
  • Use a moisturizing lip balm that includes sunscreen
  • Gently exfoliate the lips
  • Apply retinoids formulated for the lips
  • Apply anti-aging treatments to the skin surrounding your lips

What Treatments Are Available for Lip Lines?

Injectable treatments available at Cayce Medical Spa are very effective at reducing the appearance of lip lines.

Botox® Cosmetic

Botox® is an injectable treatment that relaxes the muscles under your skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. When injected into the skin above the upper lip, it helps to lower the lip line for a less “gummy” smile. Botox® can also give you a more youthful, fuller-looking lip. 

Juvederm® VOLBELLA™ 

Juvederm® is an FDA-approved injectable filler that contains hyaluronic acid. It reduces fine lines, plumps the lips and is an excellent treatment for smoothing the appearance of lip lines. Juvederm® also corrects perioral or “lipstick” lines that appear on the sides of your mouth. Results typically last for up to 12 months. 

RHA® Collection of designer fillers

The RHA® Collection is made with a gentle manufacturing process which helps preserve the natural structure of the hyaluronic acid, allowing it to more closely resemble the natural hyaluronic acid in your skin. There are three formulations in the RHA® Collection, designed to adapt seamlessly to the dynamic demands of the face to achieve a natural look.

Other treatment options that may be effective include chemical peels, dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. 

If you’re looking for ways to reduce or eliminate lip lines, we invite you to schedule an appointment at Cayce Medical Spa. We’ll recommend a personalized treatment that helps you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile at any age!