upper lip line softening: before & after with subcision

Upper Lip Line (Smoker Line) Softening with Subcision in Colorado

Why You Need It:

  • Smoker lines, also known as lipstick lines or lip lines, are the fine vertical lines that appear around a person’s mouth. These stubborn wrinkles are a common sign of aging, even when a person hasn’t necessarily smoked. As we age, we lose a layer of fat in the lip area and you can see the muscle around the lips working which creates a disharmonious appearance. Smoker lines can ruin the look of an otherwise smooth and flawless complexion, and they are often difficult to conceal, even when a person tries to hide them with makeup. Subcision is a simple and safe procedure that can release tethers and stimulate collagen and elastin production. The result is a softer appearance around the mouth. Sometimes Botox/Jeuveau and/or Filler are also necessary for optimal results, depending on anatomy. 
  • Performed by aesthetic injectors who will keep you looking natural and refreshed.

What to Expect:

  • Injections may feel like a light pinching sensation or pressure. Most patients report a 2 out of 10 level of discomfort.
  • We use injectable lidocaine to numb during this procedure so your mouth will feel numb for an hour or so after the appointment.
  • Bruising can occur.
  • Appointment Length:

    • 30 minutes.
  • Frequency of Treatment:

    • Every 6 months for optimal results.
  • Downtime:

    • You may experience redness, tenderness, swelling, and bruising for a few days. Most people are comfortable with their appearance and are happy to leave the clinic and resume normal activities.

Post Care:

  • You may take Acetaminophen/Tylenol if you experience any mild tenderness/discomfort.
  • You may apply ice wrapped in a cloth to help reduce swelling.
  • Anytime a needle is introduced to the skin, there is a possibility of bruising. You may apply Arnica topically or take Arnica tablets orally to help decrease the amount of bruising.
  • Avoid aerobic and strenuous exercise for the rest of the day to minimize bruising.


  • $249.