The Best Ways to Fix Laugh Lines Without Surgery

Laugh lines can become deeply etched into the skin after many happy, joyous moments in life. These wrinkles remind us of those good times, but also that we’re getting older. The telltale indentations that stretch from the nose to outline the sides of the mouth and sometimes reach the chin area are often referred to as nasolabial folds or marionette lines. It’s completely normal to have these lines, but they may become more noticeable throughout your life—and there’s no harm in minimizing their appearance. If surgery isn’t what you want, there are plenty of other non-invasive alternatives and home remedies for softening the appearance of deep, parenthesis lines, such as JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS, which our Beverly Hills practice offers.

Each time we smile and laugh, our skin is stretched. As hyaluronic acid and collagen levels drop in the skin, nasolabial folds deepen. Facial skin—already affected by the pull of gravity and losing moisture and strength due to time and environmental damage—begins to droop around the mouth area.

Facial fillers like JUVÉDERM® are ideal for reducing signs of aging in this area, as well as the midface and cheeks. Many fillers are soft gels containing a form of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance that keeps the skin hydrated. Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills were investigators in the original JUVÉDERM® trials that led to the filler’s FDA approval, and are recognized among the top 1 percent of providers of JUVÉDERM® in the United States.

When injected directly in nasolabial folds, fillers reduce the depth of the wrinkles by adding volume beneath the skin and lifting the area, creating a smoother, more youthful look. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS is an ideal product for this as its thicker consistency makes it suitable for deeper skin folds.

Safe sun habits can also prevent laugh lines from becoming severe by slowing the effects of ultraviolet radiation damage. Shield your skin from UVA rays by applying a high SPF sunscreen to your face regularly, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and spend more time in the shade.

Smoking is another thing to avoid, as it causes the skin’s structure to weaken, while the action of pursing your lips for a puff will cause vertical lines to develop above the lips.

Finally, in addition to moisturizing, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep your skin supple.

Get more advice and explore your options for JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS injections. Our Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills team is here to guide you on everything you need to know. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 310.246.0495 or write us a message to request an appointment.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.