Peri-Oral Rhytids

Addressing Smoker’s Lines (Peri-Oral Rhytids)

One of the most common concerns people express about their face as they age is the presence of smoker’s lines, or peri-oral rhytids, around the mouth. These stubborn, deep lines are difficult to treat.

Dr. Harmon utilizes a dual-pronged approach to treating peri-oral rhytids. The first prong involves the use of a refined form of an individual’s own fat, called nano-fat. Nano-fat is placed under the skin at the location of the deepest lines around the mouth in order to lift the lines. The second prong is a fractional CO2 laser, which is used after injecting nano-fat. This laser resurfaces the skin which, along the with fat cells (adipocytes), encourages more organized, youthful collagen deposition, thereby improving the appearance of the lines.

This approach better addresses the actual changes going on in the skin – called histological changes – when compared with utilizing only one of the two prongs or hyaluronic acid filler to simply fill in the lines.

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