The expert explains how to intervene on the so-called labial "bar codes"
Hello, I too would like advice for my sixty year old skin. I would like to eliminate, or possibly attenuate the classic "BAR CODE" located above the upper lip. My curiosity is related to the cost, duration and time needed for this intervention. Thanks Arnalda
Prof. Pietro Lorenzetti, Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, answers
Dear Arnalda, can you tell me, you are a smoker right? The vertical wrinkles that surround the upper lip and which she correctly calls a barcode are the unwelcome effect of long-term smoking. The toxic effect on the skin of the products of tobacco combustion, over 4000 chemical compounds, all harmful, is combined with the poor oxygenation of the tissues (and therefore the lower flow of nutrients and finally the hyper stimulation of the buccinator muscle that is used to hold the cigarette between the lips and perform the suction movement of the smoke. In fact, it is particularly visible and unsightly wrinkles if we consider that the eyes and mouth are the two points of the face that most attract the attention of those in front of us The solution is possible thanks to modern injectable substances, known by the name of filler. It is hyaluronic acid, a substance present in the dermis and therefore biocompatible and resorbable which has the ability to fill small furrows and attract water and therefore a filling effect given by hydration The intervention consists of a series of injections carried out with a very fine needle for bring the acid inside the wrinkles with an immediate visual effect. Among the various products available on the market there are some that combine the filling action with a regenerating and stimulating action against the components of the dermis such as collagen and elastin. The treatment lasts a maximum of a quarter of an hour and the results last between 6 and 12 months depending on the product, which is gradually reabsorbed by the body. The cost depends on the amount of filler used but I would say that for a series of lip wrinkles it does not exceed 500 euros. But if he decides to resort to this cosmetic medicine intervention, he must promise to quit smoking, it will have benefits in many other spheres of health.