EXPERT Q&A

Q: How do you get rid of “lipstick bleed” lines?

What our experts say:

Generally speaking we use something to fill them, like hyaluronic acids, or we use lasers to smooth them out. The fractional CO2 laser resurfaces the best with the least amount of color changing to the skin. It’s used to smooth out lines and wrinkles of the face.

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Dr. Andrew Jacono

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Great Neck, New York

There are a couple of different approaches. It depends on the severity of the lines that are there. One is if it's more diffuse over the upper lip, than it's caused by over-activity of the muscle and then we can use a small amount of BOTOX to slightly weaken the muscle. For some lines that are worse and deeper, we can consider using soft filler to bring them out and level out the plane of skin. It needs to be done carefully, because we don't want it to turn lumpy. It requires skill. Another strategy is to work on the outer component of the skin. We can do either a chemical peel or a laser procedure which tightens the skin as it heals. It's completely individualized depending on the lines, age of patient, etc.

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