Smile lines are wrinkles that develop around the sides of your mouth. They’re a result of a rich and happy life, but they deepen a lot as we age, which can add years to your face.

There are two main types: smile lines, which run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and marionette lines, which run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Their development and depth depend on a number of factors, such as your genetics, sun exposure, smoking status, and facial expressions. However, they’re also a very natural part of ageing.

This is due to something called the malar fat pad, which is the plump tissue that gives our cheeks their shape. When we’re young, it sits nice and high along our cheekbones, but it naturally moves downwards over time. Combined with natural muscle shrinkage, and loss of skin elasticity, it causes deep facial folds that can make us look tired and sad instead of fresh and happy.

It’s ironic, considering they’re caused by all of life’s laugh-out-loud moments!

Want to talk to an expert about smile lines? Contact our friendly team today.

How Do I Get Rid of Smile Lines?

The best way to treat smile lines is with injectable facial fillers. Juvéderm is a very popular brand type of injectable dermal filler made with a base of hyaluronic acid, which is a type of substance naturally found in our bodies that keeps our skin looking plump. It has a product called Voluma, it’s thickest and strongest gel, which is really effective at targeting severe folds such as smile lines. It’s minimally invasive and is a great way to treat facial volume loss.

You should always ensure your injectables are administered by a certified and experienced clinician. They will be able to assess your unique facial characteristics, including your underlying bone structure, to ensure you’re given an appropriate dose to achieve a dewy, natural-looking result that heals as quickly as possible. Fillers generally don’t require much downtime, but you may wish to take the afternoon off from work so you can let the swelling go down.

Here at AK Beautiful You, our injector, Sara Dunlap, is a registered nurse. She’s Alaska’s top injector, and has helped hundreds of people achieve their dream results, with a portfolio to prove it. She has a saying that sums it up perfectly: “If you think it’s expensive to be injected by an expert, wait until you’re injected by an amateur.” It pays to do your research!

What’s the Best Way To Prevent Smile Lines?

Preventing smile lines is similar to preventing aging skin, fine lines, and other wrinkles. Take care of your skin! Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so you’ll need to look after your health from the inside out to ensure you always look as good as you feel. And remember, when it comes to getting professional skin care, prevention is always better than a cure!

Here are five simple steps you can proactively take to look after your skin:

Sunblock: Protect your skin from harmful UV radiation with a good daily sunblock.

Hydration: Dewy, youthful skin starts with drinking plenty of water every day.

Nutrients: A diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish and nuts will help you glow.

Sleep: Proper rest is essential to maintaining bright and fresh-looking skin.

Prevention: There are a range of treatments you can get to manage the early signs of aging, such as Botox, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion and dermaplaning.

Life is meant to be enjoyed, and smile lines are a natural part of the process. However, if you want to add a little life back into your face and minimize the severity of your smile lines, come and see our friendly team. Our professional skin care isn’t noticeable, it’s beautiful.

Ready to tackle your smile lines? Schedule an appointment today.

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