How To Get Rid Of Smile Lines

Smile lines, also known as laugh lines or nasolabial folds, are the creases that run from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth. These lines are a natural part of the ageing process and can appear more prominent in people who smile or laugh frequently. While smile lines are a sign of a life well-lived, many people seek ways to reduce their appearance.

There are two key reasons why smile lines form. The first is that the fad pads in the mid and lower face shrink with age which leads to loss of volume in the face giving rise to skin sagging. Alongside this, loss of collagen and elastin in the skin causes smile lines to form due to decreased skin elasticity and thickness. Repetitive facial expressions, such as smiling or laughing, can also cause the skin to crease and deepen over time but this is a minor cause compared to face volume loss and skin ageing.

While smile lines are not a medical concern, some people choose to address them for cosmetic reasons. Many address their smile lines to boost confidence and improve self-esteem. 

Natural remedies for smile lines

If you don’t want to go down the treatment route yet, there are some natural remedies you can try. These include: 

  • Facial exercises – These exercises involve specific facial movements that target the muscles around the mouth, cheeks and jawline. Regular facial exercises can help tone and strengthen these muscles, which can reduce the appearance of smile lines.
  • Facial massage Massaging the face regularly can help improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage, promoting skin health and reducing fine lines and wrinkles — including smile lines.
  • Aloe vera – Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help improve skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Applying aloe vera gel to the skin regularly can help reduce the appearance of smile lines.
  • Vitamin C – Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Studies have shown it can help boost collagen production, which can help reduce the appearance of smile lines.
  • Retinoids – Retinoids like Retinol and Tretinoin are a vitamin A derivative commonly used in anti-ageing skincare products. They work by increasing cell turnover and collagen production, which can help reduce the appearance of smile lines. Retinoids should be used under the guidance of a doctor, as they can cause skin irritation and sensitivity.

While these natural remedies can help reduce the appearance of smile lines, they may not work for everyone and there’s obviously a limit to what they can achieve. 

Best products for smile lines

As well as natural remedies, other products can add to your skincare routine and help reduce the appearance of your smile lines: 

  • Moisturisers – Keeping your skin hydrated helps reduce the appearance of smile lines. Look for a moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid or glycerin, which can help draw moisture into the skin and maintain hydration.
  • Serums – Serums are lightweight and contain a high concentration of active ingredients that can penetrate deep into the skin. Look for serums containing antioxidants, such as vitamin C, Retinoids or peptides, which can help stimulate collagen production.
  • Sunscreens – Protecting the skin from sun damage is essential in reducing the appearance of smile lines and stopping them from progressing further. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply it daily — even on cloudy days.
  • Peptides — Peptides are short chains of amino acids that can help stimulate collagen production in the skin. Look for skincare products with peptides, such as copper peptides or palmitoyl peptides.
  • Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) – AHAs are a group of acids that can help exfoliate the skin and stimulate cell turnover to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Look for skincare products containing AHAs, such as glycolic or lactic acid. Beta-hydroxy acids will achieve a similar result in people with very oily skin whilst Polyglutamic-hydroxy acid is great for those with more sensitive skin. 

Botox for smile lines

Botox is a cosmetic treatment that involves injecting a purified form of botulinum toxin into the skin muscles to temporarily paralyse them. When injected into the muscles around the mouth it can help reduce the appearance of smile lines and prevent them from creasing or deepening.

Some of the benefits of using Botox for smile lines:

  • It is a minimally invasive treatment performed in a short amount of time.
  • It can provide noticeable results within a few days and last for several months.
  • It can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin look smoother and more youthful.

However, some cons to using Botox for smile lines include the following:

  • It is a temporary treatment and the effects will wear off over time.
  • It can be expensive, with costs varying depending on the location and amount of Botox needed.
  • It can have potential side effects, including asymmetry, bruising, swelling and headaches, and you’ll need to follow Botox aftercare guidance.
  • It is only effective in mild smile lines

At City Skin Clinic, our costs for Botox range from £200 to £380 per session and will depend on how much Botox you need and where we inject it.

Dermal fillers for smile lines

Dermal fillers are a cosmetic treatment that involves injecting a gel-like substance into the skin to add volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. This is most commonly done using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers which are temporary and dissolvable. In the case of smile lines, aesthetic practitioners use dermal fillers to fill in the deep creases around the mouth that occurs when smiling or laughing. Filler is also often put in the cheek area to help replace the volume loss which also contributes to the appearance of smile lines.

Dermal fillers work by plumping up the skin, filling in areas where ageing or other factors have caused the volume to be lost, and helping to reduce the appearance of smile lines. Some of the pros of using dermal fillers for smile lines include the following:

  • They can provide immediate results lasting for several months or even up to a year.
  • They are minimally invasive and typically do not require any downtime.
  • They can help restore volume to the skin, making it look smoother and more youthful.

However, there are also cons to using dermal fillers for smile lines, including:

  • First, they are a temporary solution, and the effects will wear off.
  • They can be expensive, varying depending on the location and the amount of filler needed.
  • Finally, they can have potential side effects, including unsatisfactory results, lumps, bruising, swelling and infection.

At City Skin Clinic, the cost of dermal filler treatment for smile lines starts from £350. Cost of treatment varies on the type and amount of filler used and the number of sessions required.

Profhilo for smile lines

Since the loss of skin elasticity and thickness is a cause of smile lines, treatments that boost collagen and elastin production can help. Profhilo is an injectable hyaluronic acid that acts as a biostimulant for the skin cells to increase their production of proteins that are critical for supporting the structure of your skin. It also promotes vascularisation which helps nourish the skin.

Whilst Profhilo won’t eliminate or conceal severe smile lines in the way dermal fillers can, it provides a good alternative to fillers and Botox for mild smile lines. It can also be used alongside Botox and/or fillers to enhance the overall treatment effect for moderate to severe smile lines. Other treatments that can achieve a similar effect to Profhilo include microneedling and laser therapy as well as other skin boosters like Juverderm Volite.

Prevention of smile lines

Like other signs of ageing, smile lines can be prevented or minimised by taking good care of your skin and overall health. 

Exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause damage to the skin and accelerate the ageing process — leading to fine lines and wrinkles. It’s essential to wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 and to reapply it every two hours when spending time outdoors to prevent smile lines.

Keeping your skin hydrated can also help prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Drinking plenty of water, using a moisturiser daily and avoiding harsh soaps or cleansers are the best ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

Certain lifestyle habits, such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, can accelerate ageing, causing premature wrinkles. You must maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep and avoiding harmful habits such as smoking and drinking excessively to stop smile lines.

Developing a consistent skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, moisturising, and exfoliating can help prevent the formation of smile lines. Using products that contain antioxidants, such as vitamin C or green tea, can help protect the skin from damage and keep it looking healthy.

Book a consultation with City Skin Clinic

Although smile lines are a natural part of ageing, their appearance can damage your self-esteem or make you feel older than you are. But there are many options that can help. From natural remedies and skin care products to cosmetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers, you can reduce your smile lines in many ways.

At City Skin Clinic, we offer a range of cosmetic treatments for smile lines, and our team of experienced aesthetic practitioners can provide guidance and support throughout the process.

Book a consultation today and discover what treatments can help reduce your smile lines. With our expertise and personalised approach, you can feel confident in your decision to reduce your smile lines.