How to Get Rid of Smile Lines

a close up of a smile

For many people, as they get older, the lines around the mouth can become more pronounced and be a cause of insecurity and worry. While wrinkles and lines around all areas of the face are a natural part of growing older, some people may feel self-conscious and are looking for ways to help improve lines and skin texture. In today’s blog, we discuss why we get lines around our mouth and face and how to get rid of smile lines — or minimise them as much as possible — to give yourself a more youthful and happy appearance. 

What Are Smile Lines?

The nasolabial folds are the two skin creases that run from the bottom of the nose curving down to the corners of the mouth. These are commonly known as “smile lines” or “laugh lines”. Everyone has nasolabial folds, but these lines become deeper and more pronounced as you get older. The more wrinkles you have — and as the face begins to sag with age — the more you can look tired and even unhappy (giving you a permanent frown expression).

Nasolabial folds become more prominent due to a variety of factors like:

  • Too much sun exposure
  • Changes in skin texture
  • Loss of collagen and suppleness with age
  • Loss of fat and plumpness
  • Weight loss
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Smoking and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

If you want to prevent wrinkles and fine lines, a healthy diet and lifestyle will work wonders on your skin, and staying hydrated and using good skincare products will help you maintain a youthful appearance. Let’s talk about the different methods to treat lines before they form and after they appear on the face.

How to Get Rid of Smile Lines

There are several ways to treat lines around the mouth and face, but after a certain age, only intervention at a cosmetic clinic can work to get noticeable results. The four options below are in order of least expensive and least invasive. Remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so take great care of your skin from an early age to prevent and lessen the formation of wrinkles as you age. Always wear a moisturiser with sunscreen and limit sun exposure to keep your skin supple and smooth.

Anti-wrinkle Creams

There are many anti-wrinkle creams and skin care products that can have a positive effect on your overall skin texture and appearance. It’s never too late to pay attention to skin care, no matter what your age, so make sure to use a suitable skincare line appropriate for your skin type. A good skin care routine is a great way to improve the skin and prevent future lines from forming, but it won’t offer a magic tool for lines already formed. Unfortunately, you will never see drastic changes when using creams and serums, but they are important to skin health at any age. 

While some creams may give you mild results and work well, it can take weeks (if not months) to see the results start to take shape. Some people would benefit from trying prescription medical skincare products like Retinol and ZO Skin Health. You’ll want to visit a doctor or dermatologist to see if this is the right option for you. If you want to see faster results, consider the next two options. 

Facial Treatments

Many facial treatments can improve the overall texture of the skin to help lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Treatments like chemical peels, micro-needling facials and laser skin therapy can make the skin softer and plumper, helping to increase collagen production. When this is achieved, it gives the effect of a more youthful appearance and helps people feel much less self-conscious about smiling, laughing and enjoying themselves. The treatment helps improve confidence and helps you to feel proud of your appearance and comfortable in your skin. These types of facial treatments are especially great for those who have sun-damaged skin or scarring from acne. 

Dermal Fillers

A popular choice to get rid of lines around the mouth, as well as around the entire face, is to use dermal fillers. Injectable fillers use hyaluronic acid (HA) to improve fine lines and wrinkles without surgery. HA helps to stimulate your body’s natural hyaluronic acid production to improve hydration in multiple layers of the skin. Dermal fillers also help stimulate collagen and improve elasticity in skin texture for an overall glowing, youthful appearance. While the treatment isn’t a magic pill, and the effect isn’t permanent, dermal fillers produce visible results that last anywhere from 12 to 18 months. We’ve seen this treatment transform people’s faces for the better and give them a boost in confidence too.

Dermal fillers are injected into the areas with wrinkles to help restore lack of volume and give your facial features more plumpness. This immediately makes the area look more youthful and smooth, providing structural support to lift deep creases and lines. It’s a minimally invasive procedure, and we use a numbing cream to help reduce any pain or discomfort. The filler we use is FDA approved and CE-marked so you can be assured the products are safe, reliable and effective.

This treatment is a fantastic option for those who don’t want to undergo surgery but do want to see long-lasting and guaranteed results. It’s also a great option because you do not need to take time off from work, as the downtime is minimal, and most people can return to work the same or the next day.

Surgical Facelift

Finally, if you want to see a more permanent result, a surgical facelift would be the final option. Many people want to steer clear of this option, as the thought of surgery on your face can be scary and daunting. For many people, a surgical facelift is the right choice, but you need to be diligent about finding the right doctor and knowing all the risks involved. 

If you have many places that are sagging around the face and deep-set wrinkles, a facelift can address several areas altogether. However, a facelift does require serious financial commitment and recovery time, as you will need to take time off immediately following the surgery and perhaps for several weeks afterwards. This can hinder going about your day-to-day life, so it can be off-putting to many. While the results can be transformative, there are also more risks involved with surgery, as is the case with any invasive procedure.

Is Smile-Line Treatment with Dermal Fillers Right for You?

If you are contemplating cosmetic surgery but are not sure if it is right for you, we recommend trying dermal fillers first to see if you can get the results you desire without surgery. We offer the option of a non-surgical facelift that can restore lost volume, tighten your skin, eliminate fine lines, soften deep creases and improve the symmetry and harmony of your face. 

To find out more about our facial treatments to remove smile lines and improve your skin, get in touch for a FREE, no-obligation consultation at our Harley Street clinic today. 

Updated Feb 2021

Founder at Harley St M.D.
Dr. Chia Tan is a UK trained medical doctor that specialises in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine and testosterone replacement therapy. He is qualified as a medical doctor since 2003 and has since trained extensively. He has been featured in several leading magazines as well as invited to appear on TV to discuss aesthetic medicine and the latest cosmetic procedures.
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