Lip Lines

Lipstick Bleed Lines

Annoying lines that surround the upper or lower lips are commonly called lipstick lines or smoker lines. These lip lines are more commonly seen on the upper lips. At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we know lip lines are not necessarily related to smoking. The lines result from volume loss associated with age. Other factors include repetitive piercing of the lips during from muscular activity. These lines can contribute to lipstick bleeding into them, hence the name ‘lipstick lines‘.

Treatment Options for Lip Lines

At Castleknock Cosmetic Clinic Dublin we typically treat lipstick lines with either dermal fillers, toxin muscle relaxing injections. Sometimes a combination of both. When lip lines are deep we consider skin resurfacing with CO2 laser. The number of lip smoker lines and their depth will influence their treatment option. It is very common to use anti-wrinkle injections to treat lip lines. They benefit lines regardless of the depth of their severity. Muscle relaxing injections have a couple of positive effects on lines. First, the botulinum toxin will help relax the skin tone around the lips, an action which tends to prevent them from worsening. The other advantage is that when we relax the orbicularis oris muscle with botulinum toxin, we help extend the beneficial effects of dermal fillers. Muscle relaxing injections are placed at strategic points around the lip. They target area of the lip including the wet-dry junction and vermilion border.

lip lines and bleeding lipstick

Related Blogs About Lip Lines

Lip lines treatment have come a long way. There are various advanced techniques to produce results that suit your face and needs. Dr Kahlout shares his views about the latest treatment options for lip lines through a series of clinic blogs: To find out more please click one of the links below:

Deeper Lip Lines

When lines are a little deeper, then we place specially designed, and serum-like dermal filler (such as Restylane Fynesse, Juvéderm Volbella or Belotero Soft) into the lip lines. These fillers help to fill and soften-out lines without plumbing the lips. We may also place thicker dermal filler like Teosyal RH4 or Restylane Defyne deep underneath the lines to help support and stimulate collagen growth. These higher density fillers help with the puckered look, as well as diminish the furrowed lines.

Adding some fullness to the lips with lip augmentation dermal fillers such as Restylane Kysse or Juvederm Ultra 2, will also have a positive effect on the lipstick lines. Fuller lips further stretch open lips that have been “contracted” over time. Additionally, this treatment will help with lines on the lips themselves.

How to avoid Lip Lines


Avoid applying foundation or concealer. Makeup can awkwardly settle in deep lip lines and cake-in, drawing even more attention to the lines.

Makeup can settle into wrinkles and make them look worse. Beginning with a flawless base stops creasing before it starts. Unlike regular primers, blurring formulas soften and hide fine lines for a more youthful-looking finish.


Stop smoking. Carcinogens in cigarettes destroy your skin and weaken its fibres. The constant piercing your lips while pulling a drag encourage those lines to develop and remain even after you finished your cigarette.

Sun Screen

Wear a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher and protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Sun exposure remains on the top reasons for premature ageing.


The rate of ageing is genetically predetermined and if you’re in a stressful life or you will age faster, whether it’s family stress or work pressure you are going to age faster because your stress hormones which are mainly steroids get higher. Its unfortunate but it’s a fact of life.

Proper skin care containing retinol and vitamin-C derivatives help to prevent and maintain. We recommend applying regularly; from an early age.

How to correct Lip Lines:

1- Regular application of Retinol will maintain optimal cell turnover. Applied with Rejuvenation serums containing AHA’s to exfoliate the skin. AHA and Retinol stimulate healthy skin formation and slough away dead skin cells.

2- Consider having botulinum toxin muscle relaxing injections to erase lines around the mouth. Results last anywhere from 3 to 6 months and relax these lip lines for smoother lip contour.

3- Dermal fillers are ideal for those who want instant long lasting results. Soft dermal fillers are required in this are to avoid lumpiness.

4- Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is ideal definitive method of correction

Luscious lips correction with dermal fillers
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