Laugh lines/smile lines is one of the most requested filler procedures.
Also known as nasolabial folds, laugh lines start from the corner of the nose and extends down towards the corner of the mouth.
Laugh lines due to volume loss can be effectively plumped up with fillers to look immediately younger.
Downtime is minimal, and as with all injectables, there is a tiny chance of bruising.
As the laugh lines extends downwards towards the corner of the mouth, the tissue around the area becomes thinner. A softer filler is usually used here to avoid lumpiness and for a more natural effect.
Restylane Defyn, Restylane Volyme, and Juvederm XC are all good hyaluronic acid fillers with natural-looking results.
Most filler injections are not painful with numbing cream applied. There are some areas which are more sensitive, such as the lips, and can be more uncomfortable.
The skill and hands of a doctor also directly contributes to the amount of discomfort. An experienced and gentle doctor can mean much lesser discomfort during the procedure.
Like all medical procedures, there are always potential side effects during injectable procedures.
The more common side effects associated with injections are bruising and swelling. Bruising and swelling happens when a larger blood vessel under the skin gets injured during an injection. If present, bruising and swelling typically goes away after 4-7 days.
The most serious side effect associated with filler injections is vessel occlusion. Vessel occlusion is when the filler is directly injected into an important blood vessel and blocks blood flow, potentially resulting in skin necrosis and even blindness.
Some patients have heard about fillers causing blindness, in particular nose fillers. In actual fact, fillers performed at any part of the face can potentially lead to blindness. Blindness happens when the filler material travels up the blood vessel and blocks the blood flow to the optic nerve in the eye. Blindness is more often associated with nose fillers due to the blood vessels supplying the eye being close to the nose. Skin necrosis, which is the dying of skin cells, happens when the blood vessels supplying the area of skin affected gets occluded and blocked.
The risks of skin necrosis and blindness can be greatly reduced with a clear knowledge of the blood vessels in the face. Therefore, it is very important to go to an experienced doctor for filler injections. More than 90% of filler complications happen at illegal salons or beauty parlours which are not authorised to perform such procedures.