How to Get Rid of Deep Laugh Lines Around the Mouth

Sun damage and less collagen production from aging are not the only factors to cause lines and wrinkles; years of laughing or smiling can cause lines to develop around the mouth. These lines are called laugh lines, yet they are no laughing matter. Fortunately, you can treat deep laugh lines with a variety of methods designed to give you a smoother and younger appearance. Research each one carefully, though, before you invest your money and time.


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      Get a chemical peel. The doctor applies an acid to burn the skin. A medium chemical peel is best for deep laugh lines because it not only removes the upper layer of skin, it also removes some of the underlying layer. This allows new, unlined skin to form where the laugh lines were previously. You may need several treatments, however, and the results are only temporary.

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      Invest in a facial filler to reduce laugh lines. Fillers consist of ingredients such as collagen, elastin or hyaluronic acid. The ingredient is injected into the skin to plump the laugh lines. Facial fillers are only a temporary treatment. You may need fillers every 4 to 12 months.

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      Get laser treatments. The ablative laser treatment wounds the outer layer of skin and heats up the bottom layer, known as the dermis. This stimulates collagen production, and new, unlined skin forms. Alternatively, nonablative treatment increases collagen production and new skin growth without wounding the top layer of skin. Both treatments are temporary and require several sessions to remove the laugh lines. If you choose the nonablative laser, you will need to be treated more frequently, so discuss both treatments in detail with your doctor.

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      Treat your laugh lines with Botox. Botox freezes the muscles on the face to prevent them from moving. The skin then stays flat, and laugh lines appear smoother. The results are not permanent, and you will probably need injections every four to six months.

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