Posted by: annie | 2009/11/25


Do you recommend fillers for upper lip fine lines? Can this treatment go wrong and you look worse? How often must it be done again after 1st treatment?

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Hi Annie, thank you for the question.

Upper lip lines (whistle lines, ‘smoker’s lines’) can be effectively treated with either Botox, Dermal Fillers, fractional laser resurfacing, or a combination of these. The choice of treatment is dependent on a number of factors:

Patient choice
If lines are visible with movement, without movement, or both
Age and condition (degree of sun damage) of skin

Generally speaking fillers can work extremely well with upper lip lines but the result is dependent on the injector’s experience AND technique.

If too much filler is placed the skin above the upper lip can look too ‘thick’; or lines of filler are seen, or lumps may be created. The best approach in this area is to be conservative and one should rather place too little filler than too much: “it is easy to add but difficult to take out”.

Ideally once the desired result is achieved one should see a smooth skin above the upper lip with no change to the shape or the size of the pink part of the upper lip.

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