Upper lip lines, often referred to as “lip lines,” “smoker’s lines,” or “barcode lines,” are vertical creases that form on and around the upper lip. These lines are a common sign of ageing and can be influenced by factors such as genetics, sun exposure, and repeated facial expressions. While they are often associated with smoking due to the puckering motion involved, non-smokers can also develop these lines.

Several cosmetic treatments can be considered to reduce the appearance of upper lip lines:

Facial Augmentation Procedures:

  • Hyaluronic acid-based facial augmentation procedures, such as Juvederm or Restylane, can be used to fill in and plump up fine lines around the upper lip.
  • The fillers add volume to the skin, reducing the appearance of creases and providing a smoother, more youthful look.

Facial rejuvenation (inoculations):

  • Subcutaneous administration can be used to relax the muscles around the mouth, which can help diminish the appearance of upper lip lines.
  • Inoculations are often effective for dynamic creases, or age lines that are more noticeable with facial movements.

Laser Resurfacing:

  • Laser treatments, such as fractional laser or ablative laser resurfacing, can stimulate collagen production and improve the texture of the skin.
  • These treatments target the upper layers of the skin, promoting the growth of new, smoother skin.

Chemical Peels:

  • Superficial or medium-depth chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin, which exfoliates the outer layer and encourages the growth of new skin.
  • Chemical peels can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines.


  • Microneedling involves the use of fine needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production.
  • This can improve the overall texture and elasticity of the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.

Topical Treatments:

  • Retinoids (prescription-strength retinol), antioxidants, and other skincare ingredients can be used topically to promote skin renewal and improve the appearance of fine lines.

Sun Protection:

  • Prevention is key, and protecting the skin from sun damage is crucial in reducing the development of upper lip lines. Regular use of sunscreen can help prevent further damage.