Lipstick Line Treatments

Lip Lines Treatment
(Lipstick Lines)

Lipstick Lines

Lipstick lines are also sometimes named ‘smokers lines’, although this term is somewhat erroneous.

Although smoking will make these fine vertical lines worse — in the same way smoking makes all wrinkles worse — almost all women develop these lines and wrinkles on the upper lip area as they age anyway, regardless of whether or not they smoke.

Dr Darren McKeown offers highly-efficient Lipstick Line treatments in Glasgow.

Dr Darren McKeown

Dr. Darren McKeown

Medical Director


Our founder, Dr Darren McKeown, is renowned for his expertise and artistry with dermal fillers. As a peer-reviewed medical author, he is passionate about treatments that stand up to scientific scrutiny. Above all, Dr McKeown believes in a global approach; delivering flawless results – and rejuvenation that lasts.


Remove Lip Lines without Surgery

Dr Darren McKeown offers several non-surgical lip lines treatment options at his private aesthetics clinic in Glasgow city centre.


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What are
Lipstick Lines?

Lipstick Lines

Lipstick lines are the lines above the top lip that run between the lip and the nose.

One of the biggest complaints I hear in the clinic is, ‘I have lipstick lines but never smoked’. That is because fine lines and wrinkles around the lips are not caused by smoking. Repetitive movements of the skin around the mouth that causes them. Curiously, they rarely develop on ageing men, perhaps due to the thicker skin on men’s faces.

Many women fixate on these lines, usually due to magnifying mirrors used for doing their eyebrows. In general, my advice is that they are only worth treating if they are visible at conversation distance to a casual observer.

If you’re wondering how to remove lip lines with minimal downtime, book an appointment at Dr Darren McKeown’s cutting-edge aesthetics clinic in Glasgow for a top lip wrinkle treatment with fast-acting results.

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Treatments for
Lip Lines

Lipstick Lines

We offer various options to treat wrinkles and lines in this area, including laser treatments and dermal filler for smokers lines.

Laser Skin Resurfacing with Contour TRL

Laser resurfacing for smokers lines can be a helpful lip wrinkle removal treatment for many of our patients. We use the Sciton Contour Tuneable Resurfacing Laser (TRL) to safely remove a layer of skin at a depth tailored to your skin type and condition and aesthetic goals. The incredible precision of the Sciton Contour TRL allows us to use the exact amount of energy required for optimum results, ensuring no unnecessary harm to surrounding tissue.

Not only will the laser remove dead skin cells from the surface, but it will also stimulate collagen production. This new collagen enhances the firmness of the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the lips that develop as we age. The skin’s surface undergoes a rejuvenation process with the growth of fresh and healthy cells, resulting in a smoother, tighter and more youthful appearance.

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Laser Skin Resurfacing with HALO

This is broadly considered to be the gold standard laser treatment for lip lines. Laser resurfacing for lip lines using the HALO device works by creating a controlled injury to the surface layer of the skin and the deeper layer through its innovative dual-mode laser. This stimulates skin regeneration and collagen production. Collagen is the protein that influences your skin elasticity and strength, so that new skin can grow tighter and smoother.

As a laser treatment for lip lines, the HALO device can improve various signs of the ageing process by smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, minimising pores, and reducing the appearance of pigmentation irregularities and vascular change. A HALO treatment for wrinkles around the mouth can leave you with a tighter, smooth skin texture and a healthy glow.

To get the best results, this treatment works excellently in combination with another element of the Sciton laser suite — BBL.

The improvement on the skin after HALO should last for years because of the healing response that is generated by the laser. Within the first few days following this treatment for vertical lip lines, some temporary hyperpigmentation may develop. The skin then peels, revealing the new, delicate skin beneath. The downtime for a HALO lip lines treatments is around 5–7 days and the results are noticeable after about 3–5 days but reach their peak after about 1 month. A maintenance session of BBL is recommended 6-12 months after initial treatment to maintain results.

Injections of Facial Fillers

Dermal fillers for smokers lines plump the skin below the wrinkle, which reduces the depth of deep wrinkles. A lip line filler like this is most effective for the deeper wrinkles that are present when the lip is at rest (static rhytids).

Many women are scared of using dermal fillers for their smokers lines for fear of achieving a duck lip or the Marge Simpson look. This will not happen so long as the lip fillers for the smokers lines are injected by an experienced and skilled practitioner.

Injectable treatments for lip lines and wrinkles involve injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin around the mouth area using small needles. Using filler for smokers lines offers a quick, safe, and effective way to significantly reduce the appearance of lip lines.

Book an appointment for lip wrinkles filler or laser for smokers lines today to reduce the signs of ageing around your mouth without surgery.

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Treatment FAQs

What are upper lip lines?

Upper lip lines (otherwise known as lipstick lines or smoker’s lines) are small vertical wrinkles on the upper lip, below the nose.

How do stubborn lip lines and wrinkles occur?

Even if you have healthy skin, upper lip lines can occur. These lip wrinkles occur as a result of ageing, repetitive facial movements such as smiling, eating and talking, and environmental and lifestyle factors.

But achieving youthful skin with a smooth complexion without surgery is possible at our renowned aesthetic clinic in Glasgow — book a consultation with Dr Darren McKeown to explore your options and find the best treatment for smokers lines around the mouth for your skin type.

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Are non-surgical lip line treatments as effective as surgical treatments?

Facial aesthetic treatments can revitalise your appearance without surgery, allowing you to achieve desired enhancements to your face without going under the knife.

Non-surgical procedures are considered much better than surgical procedures because they don’t involve making permanent changes to the face in order to remove deep wrinkles around the mouth, making it possible for patients to reverse procedures like vertical lip line treatments if they want to. For example, dermal filler for upper lip lines is easily dissolvable.

How long does it take to see results?

Non-surgical treatments for upper lip wrinkles, such as laser treatments and injectable fillers, can offer almost immediate results for most people and generally last up to 6 months before you have to return for another smokers lines treatment. However, this all depends on your skin type and skin health.

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What is the recovery time for an upper lip line treatment?

The recovery time for a vertical lip line treatment varies from person to person.

Some laser treatments for lip lines can have a recovery time of about 7 to 10 days, while hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have no recovery time.

What can you do to prevent lip lines?

Although lip lines occur naturally due to ageing, there are still ways to try and prevent premature wrinkles and fine vertical lines from forming on your upper lips over time. Some of the things you can do to prevent these signs of premature ageing include:

  • Avoid smoking and straw usage completely
  • Use sunscreen for your specific skin type
  • Keep your skin's epidermis (top layer) around the lip area hydrated
  • Take a supplement for collagen production
  • Use a skincare product that stimulates collagen production
  • Why Choose
    Dr Darren McKeown
    for your
    Upper Lip
    Lines Removal

    If you need an anti-ageing solution to smooth out wrinkled skin around your mouth that doesn’t involve surgery, our non-surgical treatment options for reducing the appearance of lip lines are for you.

    Dr Darren McKeown’s aesthetics clinic in Glasgow, McKeown Medical, is well known for its cutting-edge treatments, and the clinic team has over a decade of experience in treating fine lines and deep wrinkles such as upper lip lines.

    When you book a treatment for wrinkles around your lips at our clinic you will meet with a qualified expert who can help you determine the best treatment plan for your unique situation.

    Dr Darren McKeown also performs other facial and body treatments such as BroadBand Light (BBL), CoolSculpting, and Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty.

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