Smiling may be good for the soul, but it can also cause smile lines to form around the nose and mouth. These are a kind of wrinkle that goes down from the nose and curve around the mouth. While these are a natural part of aging, many Beverly Hills patients find them distracting. Luckily, Dr. Nima has numerous ways to help patients who would like to smooth out this area and regain their self-confidence.
What Causes Smile Lines?
While making facial expressions like a smile can contribute to the formation of smile lines, their primary cause is simply aging. As a person gets older, their skin starts producing less collagen, which can lead to a decrease in volume around the cheeks and mouth. These changes make fine lines and wrinkles along the nose and lips far more prevalent.
Of course, aging isn’t the only cause of smile lines. Other contributing factors include:
- Skin that’s dehydrated or malnourished.
- Being genetically disposed to aging skin.
- Smoking tobacco products.
- Having too much sun damage.
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Types of Smile Line Treatments and Their Benefits
With dermal fillers, the goal is simple: plump up the nasolabial folds (space between the mouth and nose) to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In particular, Dr. Nima likes to use Restylane and Juvéderm for this purpose. There’s no downtime with this procedure, and results last for up to 18 months.
The Botox and Dysport procedure is similar to that of dermal fillers, but they work in an extremely different way. Rather than adding volume to the face, these neurotoxin injectables relax the muscles beneath the surface of the skin. This prevents them from contracting, smoothing out the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
For patients with more serious smile lines, patients may even consider a facelift to correct their issues. A facelift is great for correcting other signs of aging as well, and the results are more long-lasting than fillers or injectables.
Which Smile Line Treatment Is Right for Me?
Deciding which treatment is recommended for smile lines is something the patient and Dr. Nima will work on together. It all depends on numerous factors, including the individual’s medical history and the location and severity of their wrinkles. Dr. Nima will hash out a plan of care during the initial consultation at his Beverly Hills office.
What Do Smile Line Treatments Cost?
The cost of treatment for smile lines varies greatly, as there are a number of procedures patients can have done. Therefore, Dr. Nima is only comfortable giving out an estimate after the initial consultation. Once patients know the cost of the procedure, if they need help covering the fees, we proudly partner with CareCredit for financing options.
Say Goodbye to Your Smile Lines in Beverly Hills
Don’t let your smile lines stop you from enjoying life. Contact our office today at 310-772-2866 to learn more about how treatment can reduce your fine lines and wrinkles.