Smile Lines

Lone Tree, CO 80124

What they are

Smile lines, sometimes called laugh lines, are static/in set wrinkle folds that form primarily around the side of the mouth.

Common Causes

  • Aging– natural loss of volume/collagen that occurs in the face as we age tends to appear in this area
  • Facial expressions– repetitive facial expressions such as smiling cause this area to wrinkle into a deeper fold
  • Genetics– some people genetically inherit more dominant smile lines than other individuals
  • Extreme weight loss– loosing a lot of weight in the face can cause a reduction of fat in this area, thus leading to deeper lines and laxity which enhances the severity of the line/fold

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Location of smile lines

 

Side of the nose, down around the mouth, and sometimes extends to the chin area

Common Names: laugh lines & nasolabrial folds

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How to treat smile lines

Dermal Filler

Dermal filler is a great option for correcting and softening smile lines because it restores loss volume and adds structure where structure is missing. A good injector will look at the whole face to add harmony and balance to make sure results appear natural. 

ResurFX

ResurFX is a treatment option for individuals with mild smile lines and/or trying to prevent smile lines from forming or worsening. This is a non-ablative resurfacing treatment that causes controlled wounds in the second layer of the skin, which in return stimulates collagen and elastin fiber production. The collagen and elastin help to rebuild the lost volume that causes the smile lines. 3-6 treatments are recommended, and this is is not a great option if smile lines are deep.

RF Microneedling

RF Microneedling helps to not only improve collagen and elastin, but also tighten the loose skin. This treatment works through controlled needles penetrating into the skin that signal a healing cascade, all while using radio frequency heat to tighten the surrounding tissue. This is a great option for individuals who have static, deeper smile lines. 3-6 treatments are recommended in conjunction with filler for optimal results.

*Of Note*

Smile lines tend to be static, in-set wrinkles that are deeper and continue to worsen with age and facial expressions. This condition will not go away on its own and will likely worsen with time. Ensure you go to a trained medical professional to get a proper diagnosis first, as each individual’s concerns and anatomy are different. Keep in mind that without continual care and treatments smile lines will worsen because aging is inevitable! No treatment is a permanent solution, rather a guideline for keeping the condition at bay or bettering its severity. See a trusted provider for a complete, individualized treatment plan, just for you!

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