Smiling; it’s hard to believe that something so fun can result in something not-so-fun like smile lines or “laugh lines”. After years of repetitive use, the muscles responsible for all of those big, cheesy grins and laugh-out-loud moments sadly results in deep lines and wrinkles that run from the sides of our nose to the corners of our mouth.
But there’s no need to stop smiling, because there are some simple, non-surgical solutions available for treating these unwelcome facial folds!
What causes smile lines?
There are always a number of factors to the occurrence and depth of lines and wrinkles. A few contributors to smile lines include sun exposure, smoking, dynamic facial movement and even your sleeping position.
However in most cases, smiles lines are caused by the natural process of ageing that occurs in the mid-face. When we are young, our malar fat pad (the plump tissue in our cheeks) sits along the cheekbone just under the eyes. As we age, gravity causes this fat pad to slide south and, combined with natural muscle shrinkage and loss of elasticity in the skin, become more pronounced.
Deep nasolabial folds are often accompanied by a drooping mouth and combined, the two can often present the impression of a sad, tired face.
How to treat smile lines?
Back in the days when dermal fillers were new, we used to fill nasolabial folds. Nowadays, for most people, we have better, more natural-looking and longer lasting techniques to put the volume back into your cheeks where it should be. This “lifts” the facial skin and gently eases out those nasolabial folds giving an overall rejuvenation.
This is a great treatment if people are constantly asking you “what’s wrong” or “are you ok?”. It can make you look like your happy self again and help change not only people’s perception of you but the way they interact with you. Now that’ll put a smile on your face!
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