While no one could ever say that laughing is a bad thing, the same isn’t likely to be said about laugh lines themselves. These folds from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth tend to deepen with age, often to the point where they’re visible even when your face is at rest. Here are four solutions that can help diminish laugh lines and take years from your appearance.
1. Hyaluronic Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are one of the simplest and most popular solutions for treating laugh lines. Since HA is produced naturally by the body already, the likelihood of a negative reaction to these dermal fillers is extremely low. A treatment session takes just a few moments, and the results last for several months or more.
Sculptra® is another type of dermal filler. However, unlike HA fillers, Sculptra® works in two ways. First, the injection immediately adds volume to smooth away lines. Then, over time, the product actually dissolves away, but not before stimulating new production of collagen in the treated area for continued improvement.
3. Laser Resurfacing
Fraxel® laser resurfacing can boost collagen production throughout the face, including the laugh lines. Though the results will be less dramatic than an injectable treatment, an increase in collagen levels will definitely help you look younger and more refreshed.
4. Chemical Peels
It seems that the efficacy of chemical peels is often forgotten amid all the recent advancements that aesthetic procedures have seen over the past decade. Yet, getting regular chemical peels can be a powerful tool for rejuvenating the skin, including helping to fade deep laugh lines.
Although any of these treatments can work separately, often a combination approach is the best way to help you regain a sense of humor about your not-so-funny laugh lines.