They say that laughter is the best medicine. That may be true, but it comes at a cost. Years of laughter – along with smiling and talking – can cause creases to appear alongside your mouth. For most of us, laugh lines are no laughing matter. These lines and creases run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth and result from the loss of facial volume and skin elasticity that accompanies the aging process. Laugh lines can make you look older, tired, or unhappy – even though you might feel youthful inside.
But you don’t have to grin and bear it. Read on to discover the science behind these annoying lines, and the top treatments that can turn back the clock, erasing them for good.
The Sad Truth Behind Laugh Lines
Two kinds of laugh lines exist nasolabial lines and perioral lines. Nasolabial lines, the folds that run from the nose to each corner of your mouth, are formed from years of giggling, smiling, and even talking. Perioral lines, the fine grooves that appear along the upper lip, are caused by pursing your lips or smoking. In both cases, your skin ceases to accommodate your mouth’s movement, and eventually, the lines become permanent.
Who’s most susceptible to getting laugh lines? As you age, you’ll find wrinkles appearing in different areas of your face, such as the forehead, below the eyes, between eyebrows and wrinkles around the mouth. Though everyone eventually develops these, women are more prone to developing wrinkles around the mouth because their structure of the skin in that region is different from men. Like most other wrinkles, smile lines are caused by aging, genetics, sun exposure and smoking. For instance, if you look at your mom, dad, or older siblings and they have them, there is a great chance you will also develop them. Other secondary factors that can lead to laugh lines include loss of collagen and elastin (the building blocks of the skin), as well as weight fluctuations.
These Treatments Are No Laughing Matter
But don’t vow never to laugh again. Try one of the following doctor-recommended treatment options instead:
Botox For Smile Lines
We’ve all heard about Botox by now, but did you know that it’s an effective treatment for perioral smile lines? Botox relaxes the muscles so that when you smile, the skin won’t crinkle up in the areas above your mouth. Unfortunately, nasolabial lines, or deep facial folds that run from the corners of the nose around the mouth, won’t respond to Botox treatments because they’re static wrinkles.
How does Botox work? Botox is a neurotoxin and works by attaching itself to nerve endings. Once this happens, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, called acetylcholine, can’t be released. To put it more simply, Botox injections temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles. This is also why wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity don’t respond to Botox treatments.
Since Botox works by weakening facial muscles, full results are generally seen within five to seven days. You’ll see deep dynamic wrinkles gradually improve over time, in addition to early effects seen shortly after treatment. Your results will continue to improve, until about two weeks after the procedure. At that time, you’ll be looking your best. The effects of Botox will gradually wear off over the next four to six months, and the wrinkles will need to retreat.
Clear + Brilliant Laser Resurfacing
Laser resurfacing effectively diminishes both nasolabial lines and perioral lines for long-lasting results. Best of all, laser resurfacing requires little recovery time and carries the additional benefits of improving skin tone, texture, other fine lines, and reducing pore size.
So how does laser resurfacing work? Clear + Brilliant transforms the skin from the inside out. Its non-invasive laser technology gently resurfaces the top layer of the dermis by creating millions of microscopic treatment zones in the skin. This not only stimulates collagen production but also encourages the surrounding skin to replace itself with healthier tissue. Clear + Brilliant technology also uses the patented intelligent Optimal Tracking System to ensure proper contact with the skin, guaranteeing uniform application to all treated areas.
Clear + Brilliant produces the results you want from a laser resurfacing technology. It has been clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially laugh lines. After three to five Clear + Brilliant treatments, almost all patients reported their skin felt smoother, looked younger, and noticeably glowed – best of all, their laugh lines and perioral lines were significantly diminished. Even after one treatment, patients notice a significant improvement in the appearance of their skin; within a week, the report even more dramatic results, including smoother skin texture and more even skin tone.
Juvéderm is another dermal filler that’s excellent at temporarily diminishing laugh lines. This filler pushes up and supports the folds that create deep lines around the mouth. How? Juvéderm is comprised of a smooth hyaluronic acid gel that, when injected into the skin, smooths wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule found in the human body, and its primary function is to bind and absorb water, creating volume in the face. During the natural aging process, hyaluronic acid found in the body decreases. The result? Those annoying laugh lines and folds. Juvéderm corrects this by restoring hyaluronic acid in the skin, helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and folds around the mouth.
Juvéderm produces immediate results, and these results continue to improve for one to two weeks as Juvéderm softens and draws moisture into the area. And you can expect these results to last up to 12 months. In fact, Juvéderm is proud to be the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to last up to one year with only one treatment.
Thermage helps sagging skin in the face to improve laugh lines and reduce jowls. How? Thermage works from the inside out. It transfers heat to the epidermis, which not only encourages collagen production but also tightens existing collagen. Thermage effects this partly through radiofrequency technology, which produces electrical currents that cause collagen within the skin to contract and gradually reform. This is why most individuals experience dramatic tightening and smoothing of the skin over the six months following treatment. Since the outer layers of the skin are unaffected, there is almost no recovery time involved. The most amazing thing of all? Results from a single Thermage treatment tend to last up to ten years! You’ll be able to laugh off your laugh lines.
Let LaserAway Help With Your Smile And Laugh Lines
LaserAway is proud to offer the most medical spa service options of any national skincare provider. LaserAway hires only the most highly trained staff experienced and certified in administering laser and other dermatological procedures. What’s more, LaserAway uses only innovative techniques and cutting-edge laser technology. LaserAway aims to make your medical spa experience comfortable, enjoyable, and satisfying. Want to learn more about Botox or Clear + Brilliant? Then schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by emailing LaserAway.com or calling the staff at LaserAway at (888) 965-2737. LaserAway looks forward to helping you eradicate your laugh lines.