Q What is the best treatment for upper lip lines between the nose and lip?
I’m in my mid-50s now, and am getting more and more self-conscious about them.
A This has always been one of the hardest areas of the face to ‘correct’, but there is a new, injectable treatment that some of the top London cosmetic doctors are raving about.
An anonymous reader wanted to know the best treatment for upper lip lines (stock photo)
Called Viscoderm Hydrobooster (call 0208 455 4896 for clinics), it’s a hyaluronic acid-based gel whose viscosity sits between Profhilo (which is like an injectable moisturiser that gives long-term hydration) and filler (which is much denser and ‘inflates’ areas of the face such as the lips).
No good doctor would ever try to fill out fine wrinkles with filler, as you would just end up with tiny tubes of it under the skin in place of the lines — a bad look.
However, the Hydrobooster injections can ‘both deeply hydrate and subtly stretch out superficial lines, significantly softening lip lines without the puffiness you get from filler,’ says Dr Sophie Shotter (illuminateskinclinic.co.uk), who’s a big fan.
You would need two treatments, injecting the same area twice over (anaesthetic cream is used as the jabs smart, and you will look rather swollen for a day or so); Sophie charges from £750 for the set.
Beauty director Inge van Lotringen (above) advised the reader to try Viscoderm Hydrobooster
One word of caution: there will be little bumps under the skin before the product settles and smoothes out — this is said to take days or perhaps weeks.
But, when I had it done (on the lines in my forehead, which did become a lot less visible), the bumps lasted for months.
It wasn’t dramatic, and I’m more prone than most to complications, but you should be prepared for this eventuality.
Ingeborg van Lotringen is beauty director at Cosmopolitan. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org