What exactly is bar coding and how is it treated?

Peribuccal wrinkles are small wrinkles that, with the passage of time, appear around the lips, generating a barcode appearance. These wrinkles appear because the outermost layer of the skin reduces its thickness and because of the continuous movement of the area. The orbicularis oculi is the muscle responsible for smiling, eating, kissing, etc., so it is a muscle with a lot of movement and work throughout life.

This, added to the loss of collagen and elastin (totally normal in the aging process) as well as some factors -such as sun exposure or tobacco consumption- accelerate the skin aging process. The periorbuccal area is very affected if it is not treated and cared for.

What treatment can we perform?

There are several treatments, and sometimes it is necessary to combine them, but the best known and first choice is the dermal filling of the area with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is basically a polysaccharide that is found naturally in the tissues, but which we stop forming as we age. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to stimulate the formation of new collagen in the skin and hydrate it. Once the process is completed the results are visible, but thanks to the ability to form collagen, the area will continue to improve over time so that the final results are observed up to two months later.

Sometimes it will be necessary to gently replace the lip profile and its volume, as it supports and maintains the shape of the tissue where these hated wrinkles are formed.

What does the treatment consist of?

After a diagnosis of the patient, which will assess the area and the treatments to be performed to achieve the most satisfactory result, an anesthetic cream will be applied locally reinforced to provide greater patient comfort.

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The treatment to fill peribuccal wrinkles consists of using small injections in the crease of the wrinkle. These injections, which contain a very small amount of hyaluronic acid, will make the skin look smoother and hydrated, concealing the bar code.

This technique is known as blanchinges, and is one of the most demanded in consultation at present, especially for its good results, for its speed and the post-treatment so comfortable for the patient, who can join his normal life after the consultation. In some cases, small hematomas and inflammation may appear in the area, although they will disappear quickly.

After three weeks, the patient will return to the office to check and retouch the area.

How long does it last?

The duration of hyaluronic acid varies between six and twelve months, depending on the characteristics of each patient and the depth of the wrinkles.

The most common in this type of aesthetic medical treatment is that the patient returns for a check-up after one year to assess the evolution and maintenance.

Who can undergo this treatment?

This treatment can be performed by those who wish to leave behind the bar code, which provides a parchment-like appearance of the skin and hinders even a simple act such as painting the lips. Except in very specific cases such as sensitivity to the product, pregnancy… hyaluronic acid treatment is completely safe and possible for any patient.

For more information about hyaluronic acid, please consult a specialist in Aesthetic Medicine.