Pesky fine lines on your upper and lower lips, which tend to crop up in your 40s, can be a telltale sign of how old you really are. Whether they are the result of sun damage, smoking, aging or hereditary factors, these etched-in vertical lines can be minimized with the help of laser resurfacing.
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“Fractional ablative erbium lasers use light energy to penetrate the skin and stimulate the production of collagen, leading to smoother and healthier skin over time,” says Stony Brook, NY, plastic surgeon Mark D. Epstein, MD. However, if you are looking for a non-invasive option, laser resurfacing may not be for you. “Because this type of laser is basically removing layers of skin where the lines are present, some downtime is required. Allow four to six days for recovery, and for deeper lines, a second treatment may be necessary.”
Alternative options, including fillers and neuromodulators, dermabrasion and fat grafting, can also help minimize lip lines.
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