Barcode Lip Subcision
Erase Those Pesky Fine Lip Lines
Westport | Fairfield CT
You first noticed the little grooves above your mouth when your lipstick feathered into them. After that, you couldn’t help but spot the wrinkles every time you looked in the mirror or saw yourself in photographs. Fortunately, there’s a quick and effective way to treat these pesky lines at the source. It’s a minimally invasive technique called subcision that gives you smoother skin.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony proudly offers barcode lip subcision in Westport, Connecticut as part of her comprehensive lineup of lip rejuvenation services.
What Are Barcode Wrinkles?
Barcode wrinkles are fine vertical lines located above the upper lip. They form during the natural aging process as a result of decreased skin elasticity, collagen degradation, repeated muscle movement, and other factors. Barcode wrinkles, also known as smoker’s lines, lipstick lines, and perioral wrinkles, tend to stand out even more as your lips lose their youthful volume.
How Do I Get Rid of Barcode Lines Around My Mouth?
The best way to treat barcode lines is to get to the root of the problem. Subcision releases adhesions that hold the deep wrinkles to the lip muscle. It involves using a special instrument to break up the tissue bands below unwanted barcode lines. Performed under local anesthesia, this technique has the added benefit of activating internal rejuvenation and collagen production.
In most cases, subcision offers the best outcome when combined with other lip rejuvenation services. For example, fillers, nanofat and PDO threads can be placed beneath the skin to prevent recurrent adhesion between the thin lip skin and muscles. in addition tiny injections of neurotoxins can reduce the lines created by an overactive muscle. Further, volume and projection can be enhanced by addiing volume or combinining the procedure with a Lip Lift. Meanwhile, skin resurfacing treatments can further smooth out barcode lip lines, while also promoting the formation of thicker, healthier skin for the most comprehensive results.
Are Subcision Results Permanent?
Subcision is a safe and effective treatment for barcode lines. While it can take several treatments to achieve maximum levels of skin-smoothing, the results are long-lasting. That’s because it targets and releases the adhesions that tether barcode wrinkles to the upper lip.
Keep in mind that no treatment or procedure can stop time. Factors such as collagen and elastin loss will continue to impact the appearance of your upper lip as you get older. Fortunately, you can help protect your barcode line subcision results with these tips:
- Avoid unprotected sun exposure
- Stop smoking and using nicotine
- Schedule follow-up aesthetic appointments
So-called “Baby Botox” is a great treatment to help you get the most mileage out of subcision. It involves injecting smaller doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic than usual to prevent lines and wrinkles.
What Can I Expect from My Subcision Recovery?
You can immediately resume most of your normal activities after subcision. However, you may want to clear your social calendar for a few days to a week. That’s because swelling and bruising are common side effects. Applying ice and taking anti-inflammatory medications as directed can help speed up the healing process. You can also apply makeup the following day.
Treat Your Lip Lines in Westport
Barcode lip subcision is a reliable way to treat vertical wrinkles above the mouth. However, it’s important to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ellen Mahony to ensure a good result. She uses her many years of lip rejuvenation experience to perform safe and effective subcision.
Call 203-221-0102 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mahony in Westport, Connecticut.