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Updated: Oct 11

Correcting Smoker’s Lines with Botox

In this day and age, no-one can deny smoking is terrible for your health, but most still don’t understand how bad it is for their appearance as well. A 1985 study coined the term “Smoker’s Face” to describe the common facial characteristics of smokers; these included wrinkles, gauntness, and a grayish tinge to the skin.

Possible the most prevalent of these characteristics are "Smokers' Lines". These lines are formed around the mouth because due to the puckering of the lips when sucking on the cigarette. These lines are formed in much the same way as wrinkles around the eyes or on the forehead, which is mainly muscle movement.

What Causes "Smoker's Lines"?

Ever noticed how people who look extremely happy or angry all the time seem to age faster than other people?

People with very animated or expressive faces predominately have more wrinkles in these areas. These are known as "dynamic" wrinkles. Every time the muscle in question contracts and forms an expression, the skin attached scrunches up. This repetition of this action can, over time, cause a permanent line that eventually becomes a deeper wrinkle.

How do we fix these wrinkles?

Botox has an anti-wrinkle effect through its mechanism of action on the neuromuscular junction, which causes relaxation of the facial muscle, thereby reducing facial wrinkles.

botox injections can successfully treat Smoker’s Lines by enhancing the vermilion border or filling these lines with a dermal filler. These two techniques are often used in conjunction to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Botox injections offer a relatively safe, non-surgical solution to many of the wrinkles and facial changes commonly associated with aging, including, of course, smokers' lines. While botox is a temporary solution and its effects are fully reversible, the results of botox typically last several months becoming evident a few days after the treatment.

Botox injections are quick and convenient, but it is wise to bear in mind, as with all medical procedures, there is a possibility of side effects; it is incredibly rare though. As this treatment weakens the muscles that cause lip pursing, it might be a little difficult to drink from a straw and some people occasionally experience difficulty pronouncing the letters P and B, but these effects are generally short-lived.

by Dr. Chontirot Srikasedsarakul

Dr. Chontirot Srikasedsarakul is a specialist in Genomics, Dermatology and Aesthetics.  She has received qualifications from numerous educational institutions like Stanford University, U.S.A.; the University of Queensland, Australia; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine.

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