When you have lines around the sides of your mouth, they are anything but amusing. These lines are most prominent when you smile, but are present all the time.
Of course, developing lines and wrinkles is a natural part of aging. But, certain people are at a greater risk of seeing these lines sooner. If you’re bothered by smile or laugh lines, Dr. Elliott H. Rose of The Aesthetic Surgery Center is available to help. He offers some of the most advanced cosmetic treatments available to treat laugh lines, also known as nasolabial folds.
Read on to learn about your wrinkle-reducing options.
Why laugh lines develop
Laugh lines are a natural part of aging. As you get older, your body produces less collagen, a major structural protein that gives tissue elasticity and resilience. Skin is more likely to be dry and dehydrated, too, causing laxity and sagging. Your genetics also play a role in the speed of wrinkle development.
Lifestyle choices compound the effects of aging; smoking, lots of time in the sun, and a poor diet can also accelerate the development of nasolabial folds.
You could say, laugh lines are inevitable and a sign of a life well lived — but you want them gone.
Treatment options for nasolabial folds
Dr. Rose and our team at The Aesthetic Surgery Center offer a number of cosmetic facial treatment options for nasolabial folds. They include noninvasive, minimally invasive, and surgical methods.
Botox® and dermal filler injections help ease nasolabial folds. Though Botox is usually reserved for reducing the appearance of wrinkles in the upper face, the drug can weaken and relax a specific muscle that causes laugh lines.
Dermal fillers contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid, and calcium hydroxylapatite. These substances plump thinning, dehydrated areas where wrinkles develop, including nasolabial folds.
Cosmetic injections require absolutely no downtime. You see results quickly and they last anywhere from 3-18 months. Retreatments are always available to help you maintain your look.
Talk to Dr. Rose about which of these cosmetic injections would be best to treat your signs of aging.
The Aesthetic Surgery Center offers laser treatments that stimulate collagen production. Laser treatments revitalize and renew your complexion by spurring your body to turn over old cells and achieve tighter skin. Loose skin around your mouth becomes tauter, so you look younger.
Laser treatments require minimal downtime and involve no blood loss or scarring. Immediately after laser treatment, you’ll have some skin redness and swelling. These side effects subside within about a week. You then start to notice skin-firming results that continue to improve over the course of the next several weeks as collagen production increases.
During a facelift, Dr. Rose lifts your skin and repositions the underlying tissue to restore a youthful, rested look. A facelift is surgical solution, so you’ll experience blood loss and a long recovery, but the tradeoff is that the results can last up to a decade. Plus, Dr. Rose expertly hides any scars, so no one will know they’re there.
If you’re ready to learn more about how Dr. Rose can help you erase laugh lines and get an more youthful look, call our office today or use the online tool to set up a consultation.