Laugh lines correction
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY LAUGH LINES?
Nasolabial folds and marionette lines are two types of laugh lines. Laugh lines or grin lines are made by one or a combination of wrinkles and fine lines that we see even if we do not smile. It is natural to see laugh lines when we when smile, and they are called dynamic lines. It means that they appear only when we make facial expressions such as smiling. These lines tend to be annoying when they get saggy and evident all the time; even we have a straight face (static)
These lines are at the middle part of the face, at the center. They run between the corner of the nose to the corner of the lips, as They correlate to several muscles' movements, mainly the Levator labii group. As mentioned before, it starts as dynamic and then tends to get deeper and evident.
The fine lines that run from the edge of your mouth down to the jawline on both sides of your chin are known as Marionette lines. These lines correlate to the DAO muscle's movement.
LAUGH LINES: WHAT CAUSE THEM?
Laugh lines are created by a mixture of things that function together when you get older to produce excess wrinkles around your mouth and nose. The below are some of the main causes:
- Facial gestures that are repeated over time
- When you grow older, the body develops less elastin and collagen.
- When you get older, you'll see a decrease in the volume of fat in your face.
Dr. Alhallak (a Pharmacist with a doctorate from U of A) uses a combination of different techniques to provide the best results. It includes laser coagulation, fillers injection (Juvederm or Restylane) and threads, depending on the case. In some cases, we inject botox in the DAO and Levator muscles as well.
patient in her 50's who lost weight and experience facial fat atrophy along with sagging; her marionette lines were her main concern. After the consultation, we decided to proceed with threads along the jawline and fillers within the fold's dermal layer to support the ECM of the skin. A total of 4 threads and one syringe of HA fillers were implemented. The procedure took a total of one hour and under topical freezing.
Laugh lines correction down-time and cost
The downtime is 72 hours of redness and swelling, and the cost range between 1200-2000 depending on the case complexity.
results of laugh line correction
these pictures were taken before and directly after the procedure
Another case of marrionette lines