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What Are Smile Lines?
As you get older, your skin starts changing. Lines and wrinkles are among the inevitable outcomes of ageing. Smile lines, also known as laugh lines, develop around the sides of your mouth or your eyes. They become more apparent when you smile, which may be why most people would like to regenerate their skin when these lines start appearing.
What Causes Smile Lines?
Various factors may cause the development of smile lines, the primary one of which is loss of elasticity. Sagging skin develops due to a loss of elasticity which usually occurs as a result of a deficiency in three essential structural proteins that play a critical role in the youthfulness of your appearance: Hyaluronic acid, Elastin, and Collagen.
Collagen holds the tissues and layers of skin together, hyaluronic acid keeps your skin hydrated by retaining moisture; and elastin keeps the skin flexible, returning it back into its natural position after facial movements. Altogether, these proteins plump the skin, and once they are lost, the integrity of the skin will decrease, causing sagginess and wrinkles. Other contributing factors could be genetics, dehydrated skin, smoking and sun damage.
How Can You Prevent Smile Lines?
Your lifestyle plays an important role in maintaining your youthful appearance. Bad habits such as smoking, unhealthy diets, or skipping skincare routine can affect your skin and lead to the development of lines and wrinkles. Sun exposure is another reason behind skin damage and the appearance of smile lines. By sticking to a good skin care routine, healthy diets, and protecting your skin against environmental factors, you can slow down the process of skin aging.
What Are the Possible Treatments for Smile Lines?
Although you cannot prevent your skin from aging, you could still slow the process down, thanks to the advancement of technology. You can opt for surgical methods or try non-invasive cosmetic procedures based on your skin condition and your expected outcomes. When it comes to smile lines, one of the most effective solutions can be injectable fillers, many of which are made from hyaluronic acid. There are also other types of fillers made from Botulinum toxin that are injected into the target area.
Hyaluronic acid Fillers for Smile Lines
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance and an essential component of the extracellular matrix in the skin. By injecting this substance into the dermis, the filler will enhance the volume and plumpness of the skin, producing a more youthful appearance of yours.
The outcomes depend on your condition and the amount of filler applied. You may feel a slight discomfort at the injection site, but it is not very painful. The results will be immediate. You may experience bruising or soreness that will last for only one or two days.
Botox for Smile Lines
Botulinum toxin can treat several skin conditions by weakening the muscles in the target area. This treatment relaxes the facial tissues, decreasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Once you undergo this procedure, you will notice the effects within a few days. The results will last for approximately three months. To maintain the desired results, you should have additional treatment sessions.
The recovery time is short and you will be able to resume your daily activities after 24 hours. No severe discomfort has been reported after Botox injections, though there may be side effects such as headaches, redness, or irritation at the target area.
The injections must be performed by a qualified dermatologist, ophthalmologist, or plastic surgeon to prevent any complications.
Before the smile filler treatment, you have a consultation session to discuss your expectations and ensure the procedure is suitable for your condition. Once your treatment plan is determined, your appointment will be arranged.
Smile line fillers will immediately volumize and plump your skin, restoring your youthful appearance. Though the results of smile line fillers are not permanent, they can still offer you a good solution, with the results lasting for months.
Our staff at TatoyanMD Medspa are expertly trained in administering smile line fillers. The filler is injected along the lines to remove or improve their appearance. Our staff will give you all the information you need before the treatment. We assure you that you can rejuvenate your appearance and have a pleasant experience with us.