THE BEST WAY TO GET RID OF LAUGH LINES
Disclaimer: Kamal Alhallak is a pharmacist with a doctorate in pharmacy and extensive experience with cosmetic injectables. When paired with a high cheekbone and tight skin, the nasolabial folds are a dynamic anatomical feature. However, as we age, our facial fat sinks and we develop permanent smile lines. Many people believe that laughing frequently improves one’s health and lengthens one’s life. Simultaneously, you may develop laugh lines, which will naturally age you. Contradictory, isn’t it?
We spoke with Dr. Kamal Al Hallak, an aesthetic consultant, to learn everything we need to know about laugh lines:
- What are the underlying causes?
- How do you get rid of laugh lines?
- Can we eliminate them without ceasing to laugh?
- What are laugh lines, and how do they come about?
Smile lines are wrinkles or creases that run from the nose’s side to the mouth’s corner. According to Dr. Kamal (Pharmacist with a Ph.D.), these wrinkles can manifest as the nasolabial crease or the nasolabial fold.
“They typically occur as a result of your face’s constant movement. This can be accomplished by smiling, laughing, or frowning. Other factors such as smoking, genetics, or ageing may all play a role in or contribute to it. Sun exposure, insufficient sleep, and stress are all additional causes of these pesky creases.”
How to get rid of smile lines?
There are several ways to prevent, delay, or get rid of laugh lines. While some stick to exercising the facial muscles, others make use of oils (coconut), lemon juice or moisturizers. For some people, medication is the way to go. There is also the team natural, who stick to the natural options available to them.
“It’s about what you’re comfortable with, what works for you as well as what you can afford,” he says. Let’s take a holistic view of some of the most common and effective options available to you.
Botox is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment used to smooth out wrinkles. It is best suited for the lines that appear near the eyes. The botulinum toxin temporarily paralyzes the underlying muscles that cause folds and wrinkles. It does this by stopping signals from nerve cells from getting to the muscles, which result in a lack of contraction. Dr. Kamal (a Pharmacist with a doctorate) says the common areas for Botox are the Crow’s feet, forehead, and Glabella (frown lines). And they all have distinct Botox injection patterns. “You will begin to notice results after some days, and the line-smoothing will remain for about 3 to 6 months. But it depends on how fast you metabolize Botox,” he says.
The use of injectable fillers is a non-surgical approach that involves the use of fillers. “These fillers, which are usually made from hyaluronic acid, are injected on the lines or folds to get rid of them. The effect is usually almost immediate and can last more than 6 months in some cases.” It is also reversible, which means that you can make changes and adjustments if you don’t like the result. There are, however, a few side effects like allergic reactions and headaches. Always work with a qualified dermatologist who understands the procedure very well. Fillers can be temporary such as Juvederm and Restylane or permanent such as Bellafill
This approach helps mainly with jowl sulcus and nasolabial folds.
Are there any other methods for resolving laugh lines besides needles?
You could try chemical exfoliation. However, while the procedure does not guarantee the removal of laugh lines, it does help smooth your skin. Before applying the exfoliant, cleanse your face with warm water. Additionally, rinse thoroughly with warm water afterward.
This is a cost-effective method of removing nasolabial folds. According to Dr. Kamal (Pharmacist with a Ph.D.), retinol lotions neutralize free radicals that can cause laugh lines. Other creams containing vitamin C, peptides, and antioxidants may also be beneficial.
Surgery provides a more permanent result, but at a cost. Recovery time for an invasive procedure such as a facelift varies by patient, but swelling subsides within the first ten days following surgery.
Are Natural and Preventative Measures Available?
“Yes! We established previously that ageing results in laugh lines, and ageing is unavoidable, correct? As a result, nasolabial folds may also be an inescapable feature. Indeed, certain factors unrelated to ageing can also result in laugh lines,” Dr. Kamal explains. He continued by stating that you can avoid developing these wrinkles by altering your lifestyle, eating healthfully, and getting enough sleep.
Dr. Kamal recommends the following:
We can never overstate the importance of a well-balanced diet. It not only keeps you healthy but also maintains the health of your skin at all times. Make a conscious effort to consume foods that are nutritious. These vitamins, minerals, and proteins all contribute to the smoothness of your skin. Apples, berries, broccoli, chicken, carrots, fish, and beef are all examples of healthy foods.
Maintaining proper hydration (drink a lot of water)
Your skin requires constant hydration to maintain its softness and smoothness. Water can supply this critical moisture. At least eight cups of water per day will do wonders for your skin and help keep it wrinkle-free.
Exercise, rest, and relaxation
Indeed, there are times when stress is unavoidable. However, you can manage it effectively. Plan your schedule in such a way that you always have time to rest and relax. A good night’s sleep (at least 6-8 hours) helps to rejuvenate your body, thereby preventing the formation of smile lines. Additionally, you should pay attention to your sleeping position, as sleeping on your side can result in the lines you’re attempting to avoid! In this case, it is preferable to sleep on your back. Exercising, receiving massage, practicing yoga, and meditating can all help you unwind. Additionally, they have beneficial effects on the skin. Yes, laughing and maintaining a positive attitude have a number of advantages. However, if they result in wrinkles that you dislike, the above tips will come in handy. Consult a dermatologist or surgeon prior to undergoing any of the procedures if you have laugh lines and wish to eliminate them. They will counsel you on the best course of action.