Thin Lips & Lip Lines

Our experts at Light Touch Clinic specialise in the effective treatment of thin lips & lip lines to address wrinkles around the lips and volume loss.

About Thin Lips & Lip Lines

Lips come in all sorts of shapes & sizes, thinner lips can be inherited. However, thin lips and lip lines can also develop with age. When ageing is responsible for a decrease in the size of the lips, it is due to a decline in collagen levels and supporting muscles starting to tire. This loss of volume not only impacts the lips, but also the skin around the lips leading to the formation of lines around the mouth.

Lip lines can also be referred to as ‘smoker’s lines’ and ‘lipstick lines’. These wrinkles appear as small vertical lines that affect the upper or lower lip. Although the changing structure of the skin plays a big part in the development of wrinkles, it is also the case that thinner lips & lip lines can be caused by environmental & lifestyle choices.

Light Tough Clinic specialises in the treatment of thin lips & lip lines to restore volume to the lips and surrounding skin. Book a consultation with us today to speak to our experts about the best treatment for you.

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Thin Lips & Lip Lines – Frequently Asked Questions

Lip lines, also known as ‘smoker’s lines’ and ‘lipstick lines’ are the small vertical lines that affect the upper or lower lip.

Yes, nonsmokers can develop smoker’s lines. These lines can result from repetitive facial movements, such as pursing the lips, and natural ageing processes that decrease collagen and elastin production, leading to reduced skin elasticity.

Other contributing factors include excessive sun exposure, dehydration, and genetics.

To prevent lipstick lines and thin lips, it’s important to maintain good lip care and hydration. Regularly exfoliating the lips with a gentle scrub removes dead skin cells, promoting a smooth surface.

Applying a moisturising lip balm, especially one with SPF, protects against environmental damage. Using a lip liner can help keep lipstick from feathering into fine lines.

Additionally, staying hydrated, following a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and avoiding habits like smoking can help maintain lip fullness and reduce the formation of lines around the lips.

Yes, lifestyle factors can help reduce the effects of thin lips and lip lines. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water keeps the lips moisturised and plump.

A balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants supports skin health while avoiding smoking and excessive sun exposure prevents premature ageing and the deepening of smoker’s lines.

Very thin lips can be caused by a combination of genetic factors and the natural ageing process. Genetics play a significant role in determining lip size and shape, so some people naturally have thinner lips. As we age, our body produces less collagen and elastin, which gradually thins the lips.

External factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and repeated facial expressions can accelerate this process by further breaking down collagen and reducing skin elasticity, contributing to the appearance of very thin lips.

Here’s how you can address both issues of thin lips and lip lines:

Preventive Measures

  • Sun Protection: Use a lip balm with SPF to protect lips from UV damage, which can cause lip lines.
  • Hydration: Keep your lips hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using moisturising lip balms.
  • Avoid Smoking: Smoking accelerates the ageing process and contributes to the formation of lip lines.

Topical Treatments

  • Hydrating Lip Balms and Serums: Look for products containing hyaluronic acid, shea butter, or glycerin. This will help increase
  • Anti-Aging Creams: Retinoid creams or serums can help stimulate collagen production and reduce fine lines.
  • Peptides: Peptide-infused lip products can help increase collagen and elastin production, improving lip volume and reducing lines.

Cosmetic Treatments

  • Dermal Fillers: Dermal fillers create more dominant features by softening smoker’s lines and increasing lip volume.
  • Chemical Peels: Mild chemical peels can help exfoliate dead skin cells and improve the texture of the lips.

Get in touch to arrange a consultation about the treatment of thin lips and/or smoker’s lines.

Meet The Light Touch Team

Natalie Geary

Dr Natalie Geary

Medical Director

Hayley Toogood

Hayley Toogood

Emerald Lead / Front of House

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson

Senior Aesthetician

Why Choose Light Touch Clinic?

Our clients choose our multi award-winning Surrey based clinic because we offer:


Outstanding yet natural results


Highly qualified expert therapists


Clean and comfortable environment


Friendly and relaxed atmosphere