Smile Lines
January 7, 2020

It’s normal to experience some changes in your face as you age, including fine lines and wrinkles. But, we have good news: you don’t have to look your age if you don’t want to! Two of the most common frustrations for many adults today is smile lines and 11 lines. Keep reading to learn more about both types of lines and how injectables can help restore your youthful appearance.

The Smile Lines: What They Are and What You Can Do About Them

Smile lines are medically referred to as nasolabial folds. They’re the two folds that begin at the corners of your nose and end at the corners of your mouth. Your smile lines develop over time because you produce less collagen and elastin, the two proteins that are crucial for skin support and elasticity, as you age. Smile lines are called static wrinkles because they’re caused by age-related collagen and elastin loss. The only way to minimize or erase this type of line or fold is to restore your volume, and that’s where dermal fillers come into play.

Dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® replenish your facial volume with synthetic hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in your body, and it’s important in collagen synthesis. Because the hyaluronic acid is exactly the same as natural hyaluronic acid in terms of structure and composition, it’s the perfect way to restore your facial volume.

Smile Lines at Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery

Dr. King Kim can inject dermal fillers into your smile lines to instantly replenish the volume in that area. Both Juvéderm® and Restylane® have unique formulas specially made for the smile lines, and they’re extremely natural looking. Plus, we offer both in our office. Generally, dermal fillers in the smile lines last for around a year but it can vary by formula.

The 11 Lines: What They Are and How You Can Treat Them

The 11 lines are medically known as glabellar lines. They’re the two vertical lines between your eyebrows. The 11 lines are caused by years of muscle movement. This kind of wrinkle is called a dynamic wrinkle because it’s caused by muscle contractions instead of facial volume decrease. The best way to treat this type of wrinkle is to stop the muscle contractions that caused the problem, and that’s why Botox® and Dysport® are great treatments.

Both Botox® and Dysport® are called neuromodulators. Dr. King Kim injects these neuromodulators into the forehead muscles that form the 11 lines. By minimizing movement of these muscles, your 11 lines get smoothed out. You’re also less likely to develop new 11 lines because it’s harder to make the frowning expressions that caused them in the first place.

Both Botox® and Dysport® are great choices for 11 lines, and they last for as much as four months. Botox® has other uses, as well. It’s used in other types of wrinkles, like your horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet at the edges of your eyes. Botox® can even help correct a gummy smile and can calm the jaw muscles that contribute to TMJ.

11 Lines at Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery

If you have both smile lines and 11 lines, it’s not a problem: you can get both dermal fillers and neuromodulators during the same appointment. The two different product types work together very well, in fact. Discuss your particular needs and concerns with our staff and surgeons to find out exactly which type of aesthetics, cosmetic treatments could meet your goals the best!

Sunrise™ Facial and Oral Surgery is home of the leading oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Brevard county area. Correct your smile lines and 11 lines now with help from Dr. King Kim and the Sunrise Facial and Oral Surgery team. Contact the office for help today! Dial 321.725.5377 for our Melbourne office or 321.255.7724 for Rockledge.