If you currently do or have ever smoked, you’re probably expecting the age-old lecture about how bad it is for you. That’s not the purpose of this article though. We want to talk about smokers’ lines.
Aside from the well-known facts about smoking and lung health, smoking isn’t great for your skin either. It can contribute to premature skin ageing, in the same way that excessive sun exposure can. The normal process of ageing is sped up and wrinkles can appear prematurely. This occurs because nicotine causes a narrowing of blood vessels which supply the skin’s surface. This decrease in blood flow means your skin isn’t receiving as much oxygen or nutrients as it should be. Other chemicals found in cigarettes also cause damage to the collagen and elastin found naturally in skin.
Smoking also effects the skin tone of smokers, making it uneven and often resulting in an orange or grey tone. This is caused by a lack of oxygen travelling to skin cells. There are more than 7,000 chemicals in a cigarette, with many having negative effects on the skin. 250 of them are known to be poisonous with 70 known to cause cancer.
The physical act of smoking can also cause lines to appear around the mouth. When a person sucks and inhales on a cigarette, the pursing of the lips causes wrinkles to form around the mouth, particularly on the top lip. After years of smoking, these lines become permanent, whether you’re smoking or not. These are the lines that are commonly referred to as smoker’s lines.
In an ideal world, the solution would be to quit smoking before these lines appear. However, there is help available for those who are seeking a solution to the premature ageing caused by smoking.
Gloucester Botox could be right for you, especially if you want to treat yourself for recently kicking the habit. Botox can be used to help alleviate the look of crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead wrinkles and smoker’s lines. You’ll want an experienced professional to carry out any treatments for you. For Gloucester Botox, visit Doctor Kate.
Botox is effective on lines and wrinkles as it reduces the strength of the muscles causing them. For smoker’s lines, the large muscle that surrounds the lips is the one that needs treatment. Small doses must be used in this area as it is such an important area for many other functions, such as talking, eating, smiling, drinking and chewing. The treatment lasts between 4-6 months, at which point you can have further treatments to extend the recovery of the skin and helping lines to fade.