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 such lines worse.
Thankfully, it is possible to reduce the appearance of such wrinkles. The appearance of smile lines can be softened through injections of dermal fillers, which fill out the skin from inside. The goal of this treatment is to smooth out smile lines, leaving you looking younger and feeling refreshed.
Who is suitable to have this treatment?
Candidates for smile line treatments are women or men who are bothered by the appearance of their facial lines. 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 are able to undergo dermal filler injections.
What to Expect
Smile lines are treated with injections of dermal fillers. The filler is injected directly into the lines.
Several types of injectable filler products are commonly used for the smile 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-office treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. First, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied or it 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, patients are free to leave the office immediately. There are no bandages required, and no downtime. Many patients undergo smile line injections in their lunch break and return to work immediately.
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 patients schedule periodic injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
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.
Rough Costs Involved
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.