How Do You Treat Fine Upper Lip Lines?

Treating Fine Upper Lip Lines with Restylane Silk and Infini RF

Do you have fine lines above your upper lip?

Among all skin concerns that patients present with, upper lip lines are among the most common and also the most difficult to eradicate.

Patients often say, “I have these smoker’s lines and I never even smoked!”

The truth is that lines around the mouth aren’t related to smoking, they occur due to movement of the underlying muscle.

There is a muscle that surrounds the mouth and tightens like a “purse string,” more in some people than others, and this tightening occurs with normal use–talking, drinking and eating.

Botox can be used to relax this muscle, but impairs function to some degree (difficulty drinking through a straw for example). In my practice, I have found that a few patients are willing to take this trade-off, but most are not.

Botox in the upper lip also doesn’t last very long because the dose is very small (I published an article on the Botox dose/duration correlation in Dermatologic Surgery in the 90’s).

The treatments that I most commonly use for upper lip lines are Infini RF Microneedling and Restylane Silk.

I also use CO2 Laser Resurfacing, but that is a treatment with a week of downtime and so it can’t be used for “maintenance” treatments in the way that Infini & Filler can.

All of these treatments help stimulate collagen production. The lines won’t disappear completely, but they will be softened, and I recommend treating at least once a year to maintain the best results over time.

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About Dr. West

Dr. Tina B. West, founder of the West Institute, has served as a consultant and injectable trainer for Allergan and Galderma, training other physicians in advanced treatment techniques using Restylane, Perlane, Scupltra and Dysport as well as Botox.

Dr. West is a board-certified Dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and body contouring procedures.

Dr. West participated in the original phase III FDA clinical trials for the approval of Botox.

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