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How Does Smoking Affect Your Lips
Smoking affects "lip lines" in two ways:
1. The repetitive movement around the lips as a result of puckering repetitvely can lead to vertical lines around the mouth.
2. More importantly, smoking can lead to elastic fiber and collagen degeneration in the skin, which as a result, can lead to sagging and wrinkling of the perioral skin. ...Read more
STOP SMOKING: If you continue to smoke, it is unlikely that the color changes will get better. With cessation, it should improve within several weeks, but may take months to get back to normal. In very heavy, long-term smokers, some of the skin changes do not reverse. A dermatologist may be able to help. Smoking does far more than cause darkening of lips - cancer, heart disease, stroke and many others. ...Read more
Yes: Smoking speeds up the normal aging process leading to wrinkles. This occurs as early as 5-10 years after starting smoking & the effects are magnified with sun exposure. The skin damage is from the nicotine which causes narrowing of the blood vessels impairing blood flow to your skin leading to decreased oxygen, nutrients & vitamins. Also collagen & elastin fibers are damaged by toxins in smoke. ...Read more
Quit: Quit smoking and you'll have your normal lips back in no time. ...Read more
Hi I have age lines on my lips I think from smoking. As well as quitting what can I do to stop the lines?
Quit Smoking: The vertical lines on the lips are a well-known side effect of smoking. Perhaps injections may help--but the best thing you can do to prevent them from getting worse is to do that which is very difficult--quit smoking. If that's what's happening to your lips, just think what's happening to your lungs--and arteries. ...Read more
Don't Smoke: I have a sneaking suspicion you knew the answer to this question. Quit now before any of the terrible effects of smoking can occur. Trust me, "i'll quit when I'm older" is a bad plan. The best time is now. Good luck! ...Read more
Don't smoke: I am not aware of any way to prevent the darkening of skin or lips when exposed to tobacco smoke. Seriously, why find a way to prevent a cosmetic effect of a drug which is the number one preventible cause of death in the us (as well as elsewhere), causing premature heart disease, stroke, cancer, emphysema, bronchitis and dozens of other serious health problems, as well as fires ;other accidents? ...Read more
See your doctor: If your lips are turning blue, it is because you are suffering from lack of oxygen. In people who already have severe damage, like chronic bronchitis or emphysema (COPD), the further reduction in oxygen levels associated with smoking can make lips or fingers turn blue. This is a dangerous situation for your health. See your doctor AND QUIT SMOKING NOW, while you still have a chance. ...Read more
Not sure: I'm not sure what you mean by 'pouty lips'. Are they swollen? Are you licking your lips? Is there a new habit that you've taken on? None of these are a common issue after quitting smoking, but strong work doing this! Some people get stressed for a few weeks after quitting -- suggest you get plenty of sleep, drink enough water, eat healthy food. Off tobacco, you can probably exercise more. Congrats. ...Read more
My lips got dark in colour I think due to smoking now I quit smoking but lips r still dark what to do any help or creme or ointment plz help?
Mostly time: It is not unusual to see discoloration of the lips in smokers due to decreased oxygen in the those tiny lip blood vessels. The best thing: what you've already done. Quitting smoking! Hopefully a more normal color will return with better oxygenation. Generous water intake, sun block to lips, & maybe lime/lemon may bleach a bit. You also might try putting whitening toothpaste on your lips. ...Read more
I have been smoking cigarettes from 4 years, my lips color changed to 50% black. If I stop this habit of smoking, can my lips Color go back to normal?
Possibly: May want to have that ckecked out by a dermatoligist / to make sure its not an oral malignancy. ...Read more
Stop smoking: If you stop smoking, the skin discoloration may gradually disappear. ...Read more
Black Mouth: Smoking stains the tissues of your mouth, especially your tongue. It does worse to your lungs and the rest of your body! Licorice can also stain the tissues black. ...Read more
Cause of swelling?: Smoking should not cause lip swelling in general, unless you are cutting your lip with the filter tip, and I don't know what doing it "outside" would have to do with it either. People do sometimes develop problems with both the heat and "tars" in tobacco smoke and develop allergies. STOP SMOKING and use a cool compress on the lip. Talk to your physician about use of any anti-allergy medications. ...Read more
I recently quit smoking. Is it possible to gain back the color and size of my (used to be) full lips???
Wait and see: Good for you to quit. You should feel released and gradually better as time goes by. Full, wider lips are not granted, but if you use to have them, they will likely improve. Congratulations! ...Read more
What are the risks of removing dead skins of my lips from smoking? What is the best option for my lips to look very natural?
Dead Skin on Lips:
The risks of removing dead skin include: bleeding, infection, tenderness, pain, increased sensitivity of the skin and others.
Try otc vaniply or aquaphor lip repair. ...Read more
I'm an ex smoker. Quit smoking a couple of months back but I still have dark lips. How can I get back the natural color of my lips?
No clue: Ran this by a dermatologist friend of mine and he has never seen persistent dusky lips after stopping smoking. I would be concerned that the cause might be low oxygen levels, which cause a purpling of the lips, secondary to the damage already done by the smoking. Congrats on quitting, and hope you stay quit. I would see my physician to check on oxygen levels, which can be easily measured. ...Read more
People say that smoking causes wrinkles around your lips. People suck on drinking straws in the same way. Wont that cause wrinkles as well?
Carbon Monoxide: No. The problem with smoking is that your blood cells get all blocked with carbon monoxide and the tissues get less oxygen so that if there is aging trauma to the muscles around the mouth then there is little healing there. It is all about carbon monoxide and lack of oxygen in the scenario of a smoker. ...Read more
I recently quit after 5 years of smoking. Are there any medications I can use to lighten up my darkened lips? (the upper lip is specially dark)
Can I have lip augmentation if I'm a smoker? I'm a smoker--am I still a candidate for lip augmentation? If so, what are some possible complications from smoking after the procedure? .
smokers often need fillers around the mouth as well as lips to help with the "smokers lines"...
Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.
Best of luck to you! ...Read more
Can occur: And results from increases melanin in your skin, commonly occurs in areas near the mouth but can be anywhere. Any new pigmented lesions need to be seen and evaluated by a skin specialist as soon as possible, because of the possibility of melanoma. See a dermatologist and consider this a warning from your body that smoking is doing you harm. Please strongly consider quitting - get help if needed. ...Read more
Juvederm: First of all, you need to stop smoking. This is bad for your health. Please go to rehab or some time of therapy. ...Read more
Yes, definitely: Yes, most definitely. The lower lip is one of the most common places in the oral cavity to get oral cancer. It is possible to get cancer anywhere in the oral cavity from smoking. The lower lip also gets a lot of sun exposure, which makes it especially susceptible. Smoking along with drinking alcohol makes things even worse. Best answer is to stop smoking. ...Read more