Life is full of reasons to smile, but the act of smiling can cause lines to form around your mouth. Smile lines, also known as laugh lines, are the deep lines on either side of the lower half of your face that extend out from the mouth.
These lines appear because of the repeated muscle actions caused when you smile. They tend to be more pronounced on older people and people who are slim and don’t have much facial fat. Though some people see them as a sign of a life full of laughter, others feel their smile lines make them look older than they really are.
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Treating Smile Lines
The repetitive motion of smiling causes the skin to become lax, creating permanent creases.
Smiling also wears down the tissue in that area of the face, creating a line that remains even after you stop smiling.
As part of the ageing process, the skin loses fat and elasticity, making the appearance of smile lines worse.
Thankfully, it is possible to reduce the appearance of these unwanted creases.
Dermal filler injections can soften the appearance of smile lines by filling out the skin from the inside.
This treatment aims to smooth out smile lines, leaving you looking younger and refreshed.
Who Is Suitable To Have This Treatment?
Candidates for smile line treatments are women or men who are bothered by lines and wrinkles in the lower face. If you have particularly deep skin folds around your mouth and wish they were not so prominent, a smile line treatment may be right for you. Most adults in good overall health can undergo dermal filler injections.
What to Expect
Smile lines are treated with injections of dermal fillers. The filler is injected directly into the lines.
Fillers come in a few different types; permanent, semi-permanent and non-permanent. By far, the most common is non-permanent because its effects are temporary and can be easily reversed. Permanent filler can only be removed surgically.
Once under the skin, the filler increases volume, plumping up the skin from inside and causing smile lines to become smoother.
This in-clinic treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. First, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied or may be included with the filler material when injected. Then, small injections of dermal filler are placed along the smile lines on both sides of the face.
After receiving the injections, you are free to leave the office and immediately return to work and social activities. There is no downtime. Many clients undergo smile line injections during their lunch break and return to work in the afternoon.
Some of the results are visible immediately. Others take time to appear as the dermal filler builds, evens out and settles during the week following treatment. The effects of this treatment with non-permanent filler usually last 6-12 months.
Gradually, the body absorbs the injected filler, and your smile lines will return. Many clients schedule periodic injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
What Causes Smile Lines?
Smile lines form due to the natural loss of volume as we age. The area around the mouth and eyes are the most animated when we smile, causing creases to form. Over time, these creases become noticeable even when you have a resting facial expression.
Smile lines can appear more prominent when the fat pads in the face start to descend as part of the ageing process. Although laugh lines are a natural part of the ageing process, sun damage and certain lifestyle choices can cause them to appear more noticeable.
What Result Can I Expect?
You can expect to see an immediate improvement following smile line injections. The filler product restores lost volume to the area, lifting and smoothing the skin. Dermal filler injections for the nasolabial folds, laugh lines, and smile lines can also stimulate collagen production, making your skin appear more healthy and youthful.
Your clinician will discuss your aesthetic goals and advise you on the improvement you can expect to achieve during your free consultation.
Dermal fillers provide a natural-looking enhancement. You’ll still look like you, but a younger and more vibrant version.
How Long Do Smile Lines Treatment Results Last?
The longevity of results can vary from person to person. For most clients, smile line fillers last for 6-12 months before a repeat treatment is needed. Dermal fillers are not permanent, and the body will absorb the filler product over time.
During your free consultation, your clinician will recommend a treatment plan, choose the right filler product for you, and advise when to book a top-up treatment to maintain your results.
Do Smile Line Dermal Fillers Hurt?
Dermal fillers are not painful. You may experience some pressure in the treated area when the fillers are injected, but this is over very quickly and is not painful. A topical anaesthetic may be applied before treatment if you have a low pain threshold. There are no cuts or incisions and no downtime following treatment.
How Do I Prepare for Laugh Lines Fillers?
There is no special preparation for smile lines dermal fillers. However, you may be advised to avoid taking any aspirin or ibuprofen in the week before your treatment, as these medications can thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising.
You should also make sure you are available for your post-treatment consultation around 2 weeks after the procedure.
Is There Any Downtime?
No. There is no downtime with smile line fillers. This non-invasive treatment doesn’t involve the risks, side effects, and downtime associated with surgical procedures.
You may experience some mild redness and swelling, but these side effects should subside within 24 hours of treatment. We recommend that you avoid any strenuous exercise and alcohol consumption for 48 hours.
Possible Risks and Complications
After undergoing a smile line treatment, you can expect minor discomfort such as redness and swelling. These should dissipate within one to two days and can be camouflaged with make-up.
Rarely, bruising occurs in the injection site. Serious complications, including allergic reactions and infections, are rare but possible. It is also possible for the injected filler to gather in certain areas, forming lumps under the skin. These can often be massaged away, though it is possible that they will last until the body begins to reabsorb the injected filler material. Avoid touching or rubbing this area of your face for a few days because this can change the distribution of the dermal filler.
How Much Do Smile Line Fillers Cost?
A smile line treatment begins at $480, which includes 1mL of dermal filler.
If your smile lines are particularly deep, you may need a more substantial injection of dermal filler. Schedule a consultation visit for a quote that reflects your unique needs and cosmetic goals.