“Smoker’s lines” frustrate everyone, especially if they have never smoked! Lines occur above the lip as a result of losing volume in the skin and the lips. Although a frequent side effect of smoking, they also are just the effects of aging.
Before age 50, they can be minimized by adding dermal filler or collagen in the lips to restore fullness. Using filler to add volume directly to this area generally creates an unnatural looking “monkey mouth” with distorted proportions.
Now, the Bar Code Lift is a way to add natural volume back. Several small smooth threads are placed in an interlaced pattern to build tissue naturally.