No, unfortunately Botox won’t help you stop smoking, but the good news is that it can cure some of its visible effects. Among the many ugly marks that smoking leaves on a smoker’s face, some of the most unappealing ones are mouth wrinkles and the premature aging of the skin.

Many people don’t realise that smoking is a chief contributor in causing lip line creases which form those visible wrinkles. These wrinkles appear with age, after many years of repetitive bunching of the tissue from muscular activity. In some cases, 10 years of smoking are enough for the wrinkles to form. The more you smoke, the more likely are the chances to get not only mouth wrinkles, but eye wrinkles as well. Blood vessels are narrowed by the nicotine in cigarettes, impairing the blood flow to your skin, which doesn’t receive enough oxygen and vitamins. Nicotine also affects the collagen and elastin in the skin, which causes premature sagging and wrinkling. Add to all this the pursing of your lips and squinting of your eyes when you try to avoid heat and smoke, and you now have the complete explanation of what causes mouth wrinkles.

The good news is that Botox can erase some of these smokers lines. Besides reducing the existing wrinkles, Botox will relax the muscles so that new wrinkles are unlikely to form. By injecting tiny amounts of Botox in the muscles around the mouth, you can get rid of that old  look. However, if the wrinkles are more pronounced, maybe two or more procedures need to be combined. For example, you may add dermabrasion or laser treatment for an overall more effective treatment.

Botox injections proved to be an effective treatment when used to weaken the underlying muscle responsible for causing lines and wrinkles, so don’t be afraid to try it if you have smokers lines.