Smile Lines

For some of us, smile lines (nasolabial folds or nasolabial lines) – can be hard to smile about. Are smile lines wrinkles? What makes them deepen and appear more noticeable on some people’s faces more than others? What remedies can reduce or diminish them? These lines and creases run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth, and are the result of repetitive smiling, the loss of facial volume and skin elasticity as we age. They can make you look older, tired, or unhappy – even though you feel young and vibrant.

What causes smile lines around mouth?
They are different from other lines on the face in that they do not always mean age.  Laugh lines appear due to movement, repeated movement that is. Genes also have a lot to do with it; we inherit patterns of facial traits from our parents, so don’t be too quick to blame yourself while you can comfortably blame your parents. Age, damage from sun exposure, collagen and elasticity habits ( like talking or smoking) will impact the presence of smile lines. As we age our skin loses elasticity and most skin on the face begins to sag  and  the cheeks fall. When the cheeks fall, the nasolabial fold also collapses resulting in laugh lines.

How to get rid of smile lines and Best Treatments
You will find a couple of treatments recommended for other wrinkles on the face mentioned here. However, it is important to note that  the degree of success in reducing  your smile lines will depend on whether the method you settle on is the one rated most effective for your depth of wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers like Juvederm are a common treatment for smile lines. Dermal fillers work by basically work by plumping or boosting the skin around the laugh lines to diminish their appearance for 12-18 months. During a consultation Dr. Suzanne Mady will outline the best treatment option for you.


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