Laughter Lines
Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Laughter lines, also referred to as smile lines, are facial wrinkles that manifest around the mouth and eyes, particularly when a person smiles or laughs. As one ages, these lines may become more pronounced due to a decline in collagen and elastin production, compounded by external factors such as sun exposure, smoking, and dehydration. Dr Bravis offers advanced skin treatments and medical-grade skincare designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

What causes laughter lines?

  • The primary cause of laughter lines is the natural ageing process, which results in decreased collagen and elastin levels in the skin.
  • Lifestyle habits like smoking, prolonged sun exposure, and inadequate hydration can accelerate the formation of these wrinkles.
  • Genetics play a role in determining an individual’s predisposition to developing laughter lines.

How we treat laughter lines in Thames Ditton

Several professional treatments can effectively reduce the appearance of laughter lines:

  • Anti-wrinkle injections: Softens smile lines by relaxing muscles, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
  • HarmonyCA Hybrid Regenerative treatment: Firms skin and boosts collagen production, reducing the appearance of laugh lines effectively.
  • Skin peels: These treatments utilise active fruit acids to exfoliate the skin, promoting cellular turnover and revealing a smoother complexion.
  • Dermal fillers: Injectable fillers like Juvederm® can add volume to the skin, reducing the depth of laughter lines and restoring a youthful appearance.
  • Medical-grade skincare products: Hydrates skin, diminishes fine lines, and brightens the complexion for a more youthful look.
  • Collagen induction therapy: Microneedling techniques can stimulate collagen synthesis, improving skin elasticity and reducing the visibility of laughter lines over time.

When to seek treatment?

If forehead wrinkles persist or cause distress, it’s advisable to consult a skincare specialist. At Thames, we offer personalised anti-wrinkle treatments, including scientifically formulated skincare. With over 20 years experience, Dr Bravis provides tailored treatment plans to address your ageing concerns effectively.
Founder and Principal Dentist, Dr Theodora Bravis, smiling in her clinic room at Thames Dental & Skin, in Thames Ditton, Surrey

Frequently Asked Questions

At what age do you get laughter lines?

Most individuals begin noticing the first signs of laughter lines in their 30s, with deeper wrinkles typically appearing in their 40s. However, lifestyle factors and genetic predispositions can influence the onset and severity of these lines.

How can I prevent laughter lines?

While it may be challenging to completely prevent laughter lines, adopting certain preventive measures can help minimise their development. These include:
  • Using sunscreen daily to protect against UV radiation and premature ageing.
  • Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as these habits can accelerate skin ageing.
  • Maintaining adequate hydration by drinking plenty of water and using moisturisers containing hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin.
  • Following a comprehensive skincare routine with products containing anti-ageing ingredients like peptides, retinoids, and vitamin C to support collagen synthesis and skin elasticity.

Can laughter lines be treated at home?

While professional treatments offer more significant and long-lasting results, there are some at-home remedies that may help reduce the appearance of laughter lines. These include facial exercises, massage techniques, and the use of topical skincare products containing ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. However, it’s essential to use these home treatments cautiously and consult with a dermatologist or skin care professional for personalised recommendations.

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