Laugh lines, as the name suggests, are the lines that form around your mouth when you laugh or smile. They run from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth– also known as nasolabial folds.
When you are young, your laugh lines appear only with the action of laughing or smiling. However, as early as in your twenties or thirties, they start to deepen and become permanent, betraying your age to all who can see. Here’s a homemade illustration of how laugh lines make one look old:
Without a single trace of any laugh line on her face…
With the dreaded laugh lines…
Laugh lines are formed as a result of:
- Gradual facial volume loss which causes the skin to sag
- Continual creasing of the skin along the laugh lines which creates permanent skin creases
- Exception: in individuals (whether overweight or otherwise) where excess facial fat in the cheeks causes prominent nasolabial folds– this is not exactly amenable to the treatments discussed in this post. (You wanna may look up this post: Cherubic or Chipmunk facies?)
Good anti-aging creams with genuine breakthrough ingredients may be able to fend off permanent wrinkles along the nasolabial folds. However, as long as volume loss continues to perpetuate sagging skin along the nasolabial fold, the formation of permanent lines is inevitable.
One of the solutions you may consider is a surgical facelift, which is easily done by a plastic surgeon and is very effective, albeit invasive and costly.
If you aren’t ready to go under the knife, you can consider using facial fillers to correct volume loss in the face and to fill up the lines. This solution is minimally invasive, and still very effective. Volume replacement can be done on the cheeks or directly into the nasolabial folds, thereby reversing skin sagging and deep laugh lines. This procedure simply involves a few injections, takes approximately 15-30 minutes and has almost no downtime. Inherent risks with any procedure will still be present though.
In a nutshell, laugh line filler is something worth considering if you want to take years off your face in just minutes.