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Get Rid of those Barcode Lips

When it comes to the face, the mouth and lips are so important for first impressions. We dramatically use every colour of lipstick to show off our newly filled lips. But what happens when the supporting area around the lips starts to age? We’re talking perioral wrinkles, known as bar codes or smoker’s lines. Whether or not our patients have smoked, these wrinkles and creases contribute to feeling unattractive and even unhealthy. Patient’s continually voice their frustration of having their favourite lipstick bleed into these creases.



There is a combination of factors that contribute to the formation of the barcodes. Genetics + aging factors like sun exposure, alcohol use and smoking = fine lines and creases around the mouth.

Now you know what they are and how they formed but what can you do about them? Like most of restorative aesthetic medicine, at Skin Worthy we believe a combination of treatments need to happen to have a significant lasting result.

  • LASER LASER LASER - can’t stress this enough. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles, treatment options will include our fractionated hybrid laser -HALO- for the fine lines. For the really deep creases a great option is our Contour TRL deep resurfacing laser. Down time for HALO is 5 days and for Contour TRL is 10 days. Think of HALO like aerating and Contour TRL like mowing the lawn. Both are great tools to have and sometimes patients will benefit from both done at different times. Both can give dramatic results to reduce perioral lines and stimulate new collagen production. During a consultation, Dr. Hemsworth will assess and customize a treatment plan with you.



  • ZO Skin Health Products. Start stimulating cell rejuvenation with the proper skin care regimen. Must buy ZO Broad Spectrum Sunscreen. A Skin Worthy consultant will be happy to recommend some great options for positive aging.



  • FILLERS - 3-6 months after your laser treatment we can add some soft hyaluronic acid fillers to the fine lines. Pro tip - make sure your injector is an expert on rheology.

  • Platelet Rich Plasma - Better known as PRP - we use PuraPlas to flood the area with your own growth factors to help further stimulate collagen after your laser treatment

  • This usually gets listed first, but let’s be honest, its basic. LIVE THE BEST YOU. Focus on healthy lifestyle choices by stopping smoking and reducing your alcohol consumption. Unfortunately, that second glass of buttery chard just isn’t great for your skin.



Summary - there are so many ways we can help the lipstick bleed. We’re experts and fully understand that there is a customizable approach to fit your budget, down time and #goals.


To book your complimentary consultation call Skin Worthy at 647-350-7546

or book an appointment online.

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