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Softening the lines of 'smoker's lips'

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Studies show that people who smoke are five times more likely to have deep wrinkles and often age 20 years earlier than non-smokers.

Doctors say smoking damages the collagen and elastin fibers in the skin causing deep lines around the lips, eyes, and forehead. One of our viewers wants to know if there's anything she can do to correct the damage, now that she stopped smoking. FOX 26 News asked Dr. Haresh Yalamanchili, with Belage Center for Facial Surgery for suggestions.

"It's a common problem. We call them smoker's lines. It can also help from people who drink from straws a lot or purse their lips strongly. It can also come from people who drink out of water bottles a lot. It's a bit of a challenging problem because the muscles contract when you make that expression," says Dr. Yalamanchili. He goes on to say that Botox can slightly soften the muscles. He also uses a filler sometimes to disguise the wrinkles.

"We have something new on the market called Bella Terra, which is designed to be used for superficial lines on the skin, so it works very well in terms of smoothing out those fine lines. Beyond that, we talk about something more invasive, like a laser treatment or dermabrasion," explains Dr. Yalamanchili.

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