Barcode lip lines

The vertical lines above the upper lip, referred to as "barcode" lines or "smoker's lines," are formally known as "perioral" lip lines. "Peri" means "around" and "oral" relates to the mouth. Here, we provide answers to frequently asked questions about these lip lines. Keep scrolling to find out more.

Barcode lines, also referred to as ‘lipstick lines,’ can be quite frustrating and detract from your appearance. These tiny lines have a tendency to allow lipstick to bleed, resulting in an undesirable look.

As we age and subject our skin to various forms of abuse, such as smoking, barcode lip lines start to become noticeable. These lines appear above the upper lip, where the skin loses its elasticity and struggles to rebound from stretching caused by talking or smiling. Smokers tend to have more prominent barcode lines due to the detrimental effects of smoking on skin aging. The repeated action of pursing lips around a cigarette, as well as engaging in activities like drinking through a straw or whistling, further strains the lip skin. Moreover, as lip volume decreases, the skin sags, making these vertical wrinkles more apparent. Fortunately, enhancing the upper lip’s fullness can help soften the appearance of these fine lines. So, taking care of our skin and considering lip enhancement can make a significant difference in reducing the visibility of barcode lines.

Retinol is known for its ability to treat upper lip lines by promoting cell renewal and boosting collagen production. For more pronounced results, prescription-strength products like tretinoin (Retin-A) can be highly effective.

When it comes to treating smoker’s lines, the amount of filler needed depends on the depth of the lines and the chosen treatment method. There are two primary approaches to treating smoker’s lines with filler.

The first method involves injecting small and precise amounts of filler along the lines and lip border, without plumping up the lips themselves. However, this technique requires the use of lightweight filler to avoid a lumpy appearance. Additionally, the results may not last long.

The second approach focuses on plumping up the lips with filler, which stretches the skin and reduces the appearance of lip lines. This technique requires a larger amount of filler compared to injecting just the lines and lip border. Some practitioners may combine both methods for optimal results.

By considering these treatment options, individuals can address smoker’s lines effectively, achieving a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

There are numerous ways to address upper lip lines, but let’s focus on two popular and effective methods:

Injectables: Injectable moisturizers, like hyaluronic acid-based fillers, can deeply hydrate the skin, promote internal regeneration, and stimulate collagen and elastin production. This rejuvenates the skin, imparting firmness, elasticity, and a noticeable reduction in lip lines. Discover more about this treatment in “”.

Skin Tightening: Techniques such as radiofrequency treatments or heat-based therapies directly target the skin. By generating heat, these treatments cause collagen contraction, resulting in a subtle tightening effect. Over time, the treated area develops stronger collagen, reinforcing the skin and diminishing those pesky barcode lip lines.

Both approaches offer effective solutions to combat upper lip lines, helping you achieve a smoother and revitalised appearance.

Toxins can indeed help reduce upper lip lines. When toxins are injected into the muscles around your mouth, they have the effect of temporarily weakening or even paralyzing them. As a result, the muscles relax, leading to a reduction in lip lines. Furthermore, toxins can be preventive in terms of minimizing the depth of these lines.

Rest assured, your practitioner will administer only a minimal amount of toxins to relax the muscles responsible for lip lines. Using excessive toxins could result in months of mumbling and an inability to purse your lips.

Interestingly, this treatment is also utilised by practitioners to achieve a ‘lip flip’ effect. By weakening the orbicularis oris, the muscle surrounding the mouth, the top lip’s border can roll upwards slightly, creating the illusion of a larger lip and helping to disguise those pesky barcode lip lines.

Laser resurfacing is an effective treatment for reducing upper lip lines and wrinkles around the mouth. A technique called fractional lasering is commonly employed, where a laser beam is directed through a grid, creating micro-channels of skin damage. These micro-channels then trigger the growth of new skin, resulting in a revitalized appearance.

When it comes to this type of resurfacing, many practitioners prefer using Erbium lasers over CO2 lasers. The reason for this preference is that Erbium lasers tend to produce fewer side effects, ensuring a smoother and safer experience.

With laser resurfacing, you can say goodbye to bothersome upper lip lines and achieve a more youthful complexion.

Lines on your lips can be a sign that time is catching up with your skin. As we age, our body’s collagen production decreases, especially after 30. With less collagen to keep it firm, smooth, and elastic, your skin becomes more vulnerable. This is particularly important for your lips, as they are constantly in motion – talking, eating, stretching, and contracting. On top of that, your skin produces less oil as you age, leading to dryness. If you don’t protect your lips with SPF, sun exposure can further accelerate the aging process, causing what’s known as ‘photoaging’.

So, it’s no surprise that sooner or later, lines may start appearing on your lips. But don’t worry, there are ways to address it.

Liquid lipstick is better than regular stick-type lipstick. To find the perfect liquid lipstick that doesn’t melt or bleed, try experimenting with different types. Give your lipstick ample time to dry completely. Refrain from eating or drinking anything for ten minutes after application. This will ensure a flawless finish that lasts all day.

Vertical lip lines can be problematic as they can cause your lipstick to appear messy if it spreads into them. To prevent this issue, try incorporating the following techniques:

Implement a clear lip liner as a protective barrier. Draw a line around the outer edge of your lips using the clear lip liner. This will act as a barrier, keeping the lipstick in place and preventing it from seeping into the lip lines. Not only will it solve the problem but also remain invisible under your makeup.

If you find that the previous methods do not effectively prevent your lipstick from spreading into the lip lines, give this additional technique a try:

Opt for a clear lip liner. By outlining the outside edge of your lips, the clear lip liner will effectively keep your lipstick on the lips, preventing any migration into the vertical lip lines. This step serves as an extra defence and goes unnoticed underneath your makeup.