Smile Line Fillers Procedure
As we age, wrinkles and folds may start to appear on our face in the form of facial lines and smile lines. Facial lines may form because of aging processes, sun damage, muscle movement, gravity, injury, surgery, acne, smoking, or other skin diseases that have a tendency to scar. The lines formed may be asymmetrical as people smile or frown more on one side as compared to the other side.
Similarly, smile lines are the lines and creases running from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth and are caused by loss in facial volume and skin elasticity. These lines may make a person look old, tired or unhappy.
These facial lines and smile lines may be improved using a combination of different cosmetic procedures. Preventive measures may include using sunscreens to protect skin from prolonged exposure to sun, avoid smoking and other irritants, and the client may be encouraged to use moisturizers as they improve the water-holding capacity of the skin.
The patients may also be recommended anti-aging creams that contain topical retinoids, vitamin C, alpha hydroxyl acids, polypeptides and various plant extracts. In some cases, resurfacing may be performed to peel of the upper layer of the skin using chemicals. The peels may also improve skin texture. Other procedures may include dermabrasion and microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing using YAG or carbon dioxide, non-ablative lasers, intense pulsed light or Thermage.
Sometimes, the treatment for facial lines and smile lines may be done using smile line fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Perlane. These fillers are directly injected into the skin to fill out the lines and improve their appearance. A touch up procedure is recommended at nine months to have the results last up to 18 months.
The smile line fillers are injected after topical anesthesia has been placed. A blunt tipped injector is used and the procedure may be completed in few minutes. The client about to undergo the procedure should avoid alcohol a week prior to the procedure. They should also be asked to stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, advil, and aleve, ten days before the procedure as they increase the chances of bruising. Smile line fillers should not be used by pregnant or lactating women.
Smile line fillers are considered to be a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by the health insurance companies. In such cases, the patient may like to discuss with surgeon any financing options available. The cost of the procedure varies depending on the amount of material used for the procedure. The procedure should be performed by a well-qualified surgeon.
About Facial Fillers
Facial fillers help to restore youthfulness to people’s faces, eliminate wrinkles, and add volume to lips. Fillers often work in conjunction with skin rejuvenation treatments such as Botox. Injectable fillers provide great results at a much lower cost than regular facelift surgery