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Can Vaping Really Cause Smoker’s Lines?7 min read

Can Vaping Really Cause Smoker's Lines?
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Vaping has sailed into our lives, promising significantly less lung damage than traditional smoking and many other purported benefits like being less addictive. 

But have you ever paused to consider the validity of these notions? 

You’ve made the switch, but these subtle lines still form around your mouth … Could the sleek, ostensibly non-harmful vapor stealthily sculpt smoker’s lines on your face?

Whether you’re a seasoned vaper or someone considering the switch, understanding the relationship between vaping and those sneaky, encroaching lines around your lips might be the key to preserving the youthfulness of your skin!

Let’s explore the relationship between vaping and smoker’s lines, unpacking scientific insights, unraveling myths, and spotlighting potential solutions to smooth away your skin creases, bringing back that youthful, untouched glow!

How Do Smoker's Lines Form From Vaping?

Smoker’s lines are known to emerge from the frequent use of traditional cigarettes, vapes, and e-cigarettes. 

While vaping supposedly sidesteps some health concerns associated with traditional smoking, research reveals that it may be stealthily etching its signature onto our skin, particularly around the mouth, in the form of smoker’s lines. 

A study from JAMA Pediatrics between 2018 and 2019 indicates a significant uptick in e-cigarette usage, especially among teens and young adults. It brought to light an urgent need to dissect its impacts on prematurely aging youthful skin. 

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) unveiled the damaging effects of smoking and vaping on blood vessels. 

But what does this mean for our skin? 

The impaired blood flow affects skin health and pigmentation around the mouth, fostering an environment where the skin becomes thinner and more prone to developing lines and wrinkles.

Does Puckering Lips While Vaping Contribute to Line Formation?

The physical act of vaping involves a repeated motion of puckering the lips, a seemingly innocent gesture that, over time, reveals more than just a temporary expression. 

During vaping, the repetitive pursing and relaxing of the perioral muscles (around the mouth) leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin—proteins crucial for maintaining the skin’s smoothness and elasticity. 

When these proteins deteriorate, the skin loses its ability to bounce back from frequent puckering motions, thereby gradually forming permanent lines around the mouth—a testament to continuous vaping.

How Can You Identify Smoker's Lines?

Smoker’s lines and age-related wrinkles appear similar, but subtle distinctions set them apart. 

Smoker’s lines present themselves as vertical wrinkles around the mouth, attributed to the repetitive motion of pursing lips when smoking or vaping. They tend to emerge even in younger people who have these habits.

Identifying smoker’s lines involves observing their distinct location and alignment, predominantly focusing on the lip area. 

General age-related wrinkles usually develop in various areas of the face due to reduced collagen, elastin, and the natural aging processes.

3 Ways to Counteract Smoker's Lines Effectively

While certain habits expedite the appearance of smoker’s lines, innovative treatments have surfaced in the aesthetic world, offering promising solutions!

Juvederm Fillers Smooth Smoker's Lines

Juvederm, a household name in the realm of dermal fillers, works wonders in smoothing the appearance of smoker’s lines by restoring lost volume and enhancing the skin’s vitality. 

Derived from hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin, Juvederm is injected into the areas around the mouth, filling those pesky lines and creating a plumper, more youthful appearance. 

The treatment minimizes the appearance of existing lines and delivers a hydrated and refreshed look. 

Results are often visible immediately post-treatment, lasting between 6-12 months, providing a non-permanent yet notably durable solution to smoker’s lines.

Profractional Laser Peel is a Viable Option for Erasing Smoker's Lines

Venturing into the world of laser treatments, the Profractional Laser Peel emerges as a potent tool in the battle against smoker’s lines. 

This treatment utilizes a laser to create microchannels in the skin, promoting collagen production and initiating a healing response. As collagen remodels, it fills in and smooths the lines and wrinkles, particularly those stubborn ones around the corners of the mouth. 

Depending on the depth and intensity of the treatment, recovery times can vary but often hover around a few days to weeks.

ForeverYoung BBL Targets and Diminishes Smoker's Lines

ForeverYoung BBL (BroadBand Light) therapy extends an innovative approach to treating smoker’s lines, wielding light energy to rejuvenate the skin at a molecular level. 

This non-invasive treatment sends pulses of light into the skin, targeting pigmentation and stimulating the generation of new collagen. The enhanced collagen production works beneath the surface, gradually improving the skin’s elasticity and softening the appearance of lines around the mouth. 

Apart from addressing smoker’s lines, BBL therapy also caters to other skin concerns, such as yellowing and hyperpigmentation often associated with high tobacco intake, offering a holistic treatment for a vibrant, youthful complexion. 

With minimal downtime and a track record of safely treating various skin types, ForeverYoung BBL presents a gentle yet effective solution for mitigating the visual impacts of smoker’s lines.

Which Smoker's Lines Treatment is Right for You?

Selecting a treatment hinges on your skin type, the depth of the lines, and your desired aesthetic:

  • Juvederm fillers are a stellar choice for those seeking immediate, visible results with minimal downtime. 
  • ForeverYoung BBL provides a comprehensive approach to skin rejuvenation if you’re struggling with pigmentation concerns from vaping. 
  • The Profractional Laser Peel offers a targeted, effective resurfacing option for patients grappling with more profound lines. 

During your consultation, Dr. Chang will guide you toward a treatment that aligns seamlessly with your skin’s needs and aspirations.

Can Combining Treatments Maximize Results Against Smoker's Lines?

Absolutely! Combining treatments, often called “combination therapy,” will significantly enhance your results by addressing smoker’s lines from multiple angles. 

Tailoring a combination of treatments under the professional guidance of Dr. Chang can unlock synergistic effects, offering a robust, multi-faceted approach to conquering smoker’s lines.

Ready to Smooth Away Those Lines? Choose Your Path to Rejuvenated, Youthful Skin Today!

In a world where the traces of our habits may be etched onto our faces, the advancements in aesthetic treatments like Juvederm fillers, Profractional Laser Peel, and ForeverYoung BBL provide a beacon of hope toward restoring and rejuvenating our skin! 

Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your procedure. If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Also, remember to check out our blog and social media for more information on cosmetic surgery trends!


  1. National Institute of Health. “NIH-funded studies show damaging effects of vaping, smoking on blood vessels.” 26 Oct. 2022. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-funded-studies-show-damaging-effects-vaping-smoking-blood-vessels/ Accessed 9 Oct. 2023. 
  2. Smith, Krista. “The Impact Of Smoking And Vaping On Skin, Hair, And Teeth.” 24 Apr. 2020.https://aedit.com/aedition/impact-of-cigarette-smoking-vaping-on-skin-hair-teeth-health. Accessed 9 Oct. 2023.

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