Laugh lines, or nasolabial folds, are those parenthesis-shaped wrinkles that appear on the sides of the mouth. They are most visible when a person is smiling or otherwise stretching their mouth, but as age sets in the laugh lines become present even when a person’s mouth is relaxed. Skin experts blame a number of factors on laugh lines, including hereditary predisposition, genes, fat loss, and sun exposure. Most everyone agrees that part of the reason laugh lines appear is because constant expression over time creates permanent settlement on aging skin. The following procedures are popular ways to treat laugh lines, for a wrinkle-free and flawless façade.
Fat Transfers. The most popular method of treating nasolabial folds is through the use of fat transfers. Fat is taken from another part of the body and then injected into the laugh lines. By restoring the fat in this area, laugh lines will be greatly softened or diminished, resulting in a more youthful appearance. The simple procedure takes only about an hour, depending on the severity of the laugh lines. Fat transfers are permanent, but some of the initial volume may disappear if the injections do not agree with the facial tissue. The best way to avoid this risk and potential re-injections is to find a reputable plastic surgeon in your area with experience in fat injections.
Collagen Injections. Collagen injections are another popular treatment for laugh lines. Youthful skin contains natural levels of collagen—that’s what keeps skin wrinkle-free. As people age, the collagen in their skin runs low and results in wrinkles. Collagen injections simply restores the skin’s younger characteristics using a naturally occurring solution, which is why many people favor this treatment for laugh lines.
Radiesse. For long lasting nasolabial treatment, Radiesse injections are the best bet. Radiesse is comprised of calcium and phosphate, which are naturally present in human bone. Their natural substance massively cuts down the risk for a bad reaction. After injecting Radiesse into laugh lines, expect the results to last between two and five years. If longevity is a priority for you, Radiesse is definitely the way to go. However, if you’re a first time injectable user, you may want to opt for a more temporary treatment.
Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is a formula present in popular injectables like Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane. Hyaluronic acid’s benefits include its natural composition and quick absorption. It’s a common dermal filler for first-time patients, who are worried about whether they’ll like the results of dermal injectables or not. Different formulations of hyaluronic acid last for different lengths of time, but most last between six and twelve months. If a patient is unsatisfied with the way hyaluronic acid worked for laugh lines, they can be injected with hyaluronidase to dissolve the original substance.
Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive facial treatment that can help reduce the appearance of laugh lines. During treatment, a handpiece emits a steady stream of crystals to polish your skin. It exfoliates the outermost layers of the skin manually, so skin will immediately appear clearer, brighter, and more radiant. Multiple microdermabrasion treatments are recommended for people looking to get rid of laugh lines.
If you’d like to learn more about any of these laugh line treatment options, contact our representatives today. We’ll schedule a complimentary consultation with a skincare expert in your area with experience in treating laugh lines.