Our goal with smile lines correction is to achieve such a naturally youthful result that no one will be able to pinpoint what, if anything, was done to achieve this look.
Nasolabial folds are sometimes called “smile lines” or “laugh lines” because they are the wrinkles that are caused by repeated smiling and laughing. Our dedicated cosmetic physicians treat smile lines at the source, building up support and collagen for natural-looking and long-lasting results.
“I am delighted with the results. I am 52 years old, and my laugh lines and small wrinkles around my mouth have virtually disappeared, and overall I have a much more youthful appearance.”
–karenm on RealSelf.com
What are Nasolabial Folds or Smile Lines?
Nasolabial fold is the medical term for sfor smile lines, the lines that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth. These lines form from repeated facial expressions, loss of natural volume which shifts in the fat pads in the cheeks and weakness in certain facial structures. Everyone has these lines, but for some people these lines deeper than others.
What Causes These Wrinkles?
Nasolabial folds are caused by repeated smiling or laughing, as well as natural aging changes in the face. As we age, we lose natural fat pad volume across the “cheekbones,” or upper cheek area. As this fat disappears and our cheeks flatten, the skin on our faces droops downward and forward. This makes smile lines much deeper.
Once you understand the underlying causes of deep laugh lines, it’s easy to understand why our physicians offer a variety of treatments to target the underlying root causes of these concerns.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
How Can I Get Rid of My Nasolabial Folds?
Hyaluronic Acid dermal fillers are the most common treatment used to get rid of deep laugh lines. In situations where the laugh lines are caused by volume loss in the cheeks, we gently and conservatively replace this lost volume, usually with Voluma, Lyft, Radiesse or Sculptra. Thread Lifts can also be used to lift the cheek to improve smile lines.
This photo shows how volumnizing the upper cheek improves the smile lines. Once the skin is lifted back up, the smile lines should be much improved. If the patient wants to further soften the lines, we can inject a mid-weight hyaluronic acid filler, such as Restylane Refyne, Defyne or Vollure directly beneath the line to support the skin throughout that area, and help it to bounce back from repeated motions. These represent a new class of dermal filler FDA approved for lower face injections that are beginning to compete with Restylane and Juvederm to be the treatment of choice for the nasolabial fold.
When the cheek is the cause of deep nasolabial folds, injections to this area is wonderful. Unfortunately, there are too many patients having cheek injections that are not good candidates for this treatment. This can result in unnatural looking results. To ensure great results and a happy outcome, please seek care from physicians who provide dermal filler injections on a full time basis, not as a tangent to some other area of medicine (or dentistry).
Can You Prevent Smile Lines?
You don’t have to give up smiling to prevent smile lines. There are proven treatments that will help you strengthen the collagen support of your skin and keep it looking young and healthy, even if you’re a big smiler.
Lasers and microneedling treatments direct their influence deep within the skin, stimulating the body to repair and rebuild with new skin cells, collagen, and elastin. Building a strong support layer of collagen helps firm up the skin, while elastin helps the skin bounce back from repeated motions, such as smiling, without forming wrinkles. Radiofrequency (RF) microneedling combines the power of precision heat with microneedling to make profound changes to the deep layers of the skin. This creates results that rival the most powerful lasers, without the risks of pigmentation change in darker skin tones.
Finding a Doctor You Can Trust to Help You Look Naturally Youthful
Smile lines are an area that is commonly over-treated, leading to a weird, distorted look. This is the number one concern we hear from patients, and we’re equally concerned with creating a youthful look that’s so natural that no one will be able to pinpoint what if anything was ever done.
To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your smile lines, please call our office at (732) 356-1666.