Lip lines form as we age, but they can also be a result of sun exposure and other environmental damages. According to Gloss, a beauty, fashion, and health advice website, the most effective form of lip line treatment involves injection treatments or laser removal. The website also states that face lifts are not effective in removing lip lines.
There are two lip line laser removal methods. The Erbium laser, or full-thickness laser removal, works by burning off the top layer of your skin around your lips where you have wrinkles. As your skin heals, it becomes smoother and less wrinkled. According to Gloss, full-thickness laser removal should not be used if you have dark skin, because the skin can discolor. Gloss also advises that you take two weeks off of work due to the healing process.
If you have darker skin or cannot take two weeks off of work for Erbium laser removal treatment, then fractional resurfacing treatment with the Fraxel laser may be a better option. The Fraxel laser is not as harsh on your skin, so you will not have to worry about a lengthy healing process. The treated area will be swollen and red for up to two days following treatment. Fractional resurfacing treatment removes lip lines by promoting the growth of collagen, which smooths your skin. Thousands of holes are poked through the affected area by the Fraxel laser. Unlike Ebrium laser treatment, however, fractional resurfacing takes five treatments and you have to wait a month between each session.
Injection treatments, such as Botox, are a better option for lip lines if you cannot afford laser removal. Also, injections do not cause as many side effects, according to Gloss. These collagen-based injections last around six months. They fill in and lift your lip lines, giving your skin a smoother appearance. You can even use Botox in conjunction with laser removal treatments, depending upon how severe your lip lines are.
Whether you currently have lip lines or not, you can take preventive measures to keep them from forming. Wear a lipstick or lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher. If using a lip balm, apply it on the outside of your lips as well as on the lips. Use a facial sunscreen around your lips, an often neglected area. Also, do not smoke, and keep your skin hydrated by drinking eight glasses of water a day.