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Smoker’s Lines

What are Smoker’s Lines?

Smoker’s lines, also referred to as barcode lines, lipstick lines, or lip lines are an issue that can affect every adult, here at London Premier Laser we’re here to help you understand what they are, what causes them, and how we can help treat them.

Smoker’s lines are small wrinkles that are vertical in shape which form around the upper lip and run upwards towards the bottom of your nose, they may be small but many can appear at once which makes them difficult to conceal using makeup. The name “Lipstick lines” comes from the fact that when you apply lipstick if you suffer from these wrinkles, the lipstick can settle into the crevices of the lines.


There are multiple causes for Smoker’s lines, some being more obvious than others. The first main cause is that when you smoke or vape, the toxins within accelerate the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin which are proteins that give our skin structure and tightness; the second main cause is that when you move your lips together in such a way that gives formation to dynamic lines, the wrinkles will begin to form through repeated muscle movements such as:

  • Sucking a cigarette/vape
  • Whistling
  • Puckering your lips
  • Drinking through a straw

This is because due to ageing, our skin loses the resilience it once had and the lines that are formed due to these actions begin to stick after our lips stop being pursed. The degradation of the collagen within is affected by external factors such as UV rays, and because the lips are often unprotected it means that they are more susceptible to the fine lines forming.

Notting Hill Clinic

Treatments for Smoker’s Lines