For most of us, smile lines — also known as nasolabial folds — are nothing to smile about. These lines and creases run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth, and are the result of the loss of facial volume and skin elasticity as we age. These nasolabial folds can make you look older, tired or unhappy—even though you feel youthful on the inside.
A smile line is basically just that. A line that appears on the face when we smile. Typically, they run from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. You may also notice fine lines around the eyes when you smile. Yes, they come when you smile, but they are known as crow’s feet, and that is a story for another day.
Smile Lines represent a happy life full of joyful facial expressions. But as you age, these lines deepen, making you look older than you really are.
No one can completely escape the effects of aging, but there are things you can do to prevent premature signs of aging and even smooth out those annoying lines and wrinkles that you already have.
If you’re ready to erase those smile lines and other facial creases, you have several options. Your doctor will assess the depth of the lines and the overall health of your skin before deciding which treatments will give you the best results.
Laugh lines around the eyes are first apparent only when you smile, but sun damage and the passage of time take their toll, eventually making these lines visible when your face is at rest.
Causes of Smile Lines Around the Mouth
They are different from other lines on the face in that they do not always mean age. Smile Lines appear due to movement, repeated movement that is . Great talkers and smilers are more likely to have deep laugh lines than people who have little to say. This is how teenagers and people in their 20’s may have noticeable smile lines but the skin on the rest of their face is smooth. Genes also has a lot to do with it, we inherit the patters of facial traits from our parents, so don’t be too quick to blame yourself while you can comfortably blame your parents.
It is also important to note that smile lines are not always horrid, nor do you have to try fix any single line that appears on your face. Actually, they come off as cute in some instances and most people I know adore them. It is when they deepen and appear more like a fold than a cute bracket enclosing their smile that people feel the need to get rid of them.
Deeper more pronounced smile lines that are apparent even when you are not smiling could point to the usual culprits in skin wrinkling. Age, damage from sun exposure and collagen and elasticity habits like smoking. With little elasticity, most skin on the face begins to sag and the cheeks fall.
When the cheeks fall, the nasolabial fold also collapses resulting in smile lines.