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Everything You Need To Know About Dermal Fillers For Smile Lines


Recently, we have written more in-depth blog pieces exploring the ins and outs of the treatments you all love so much. Our guides to both Botox® and lip fillers were very well received, with many of you commenting on just how useful and informative these pieces were. After listening to your feedback, we’ve decided to continue this trend, and this week, we are going to be focusing on another much-loved injectable that has helped many patients achieve their anti-ageing goals – namely dermal fillers for smile lines.

Despite everything going on with COVID-19, we still hope that you have plenty of reasons to smile – sometimes though, the amount that we smile can cause lines to form around our mouths. These are often referred to as smile lines or laughter lines and are one of the main reasons we have people enquire about our dermal filler treatments.

Our founder, Dr Rasha Rakhshani, is widely recognised by industry professionals for her unique approach and the artistic technique that she employs to gently enhance the skin of her patients. Whenever you visit us at Dr Rasha Clinic, you can be confident that impressive results will always be achieved in a safe, effective and natural manner. To discover more about how dermal fillers could help treat your smile lines, read on below!

What are dermal fillers? 

Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment frequently used to treat common signs of ageing by adding and restoring volume and structure to specific regions of the face. Many people choose to have dermal fillers to treat their smile lines, however, they are also used to treat areas such as the cheeks, eyes and, as you know if you read our last blog, the lines that form around the lips. 

How can dermal fillers treat my smile lines? 

Like most fillers that are now available, the dermal fillers we use at Dr Rasha Clinic utilise a naturally occurring substance known as hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid has the remarkable ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, which can help hydrate your skin and add volume to sunken areas of your face, reducing the prominence of any fine lines or wrinkles you may have in the process. 

When it comes to treating smile lines, many people choose dermal fillers as they are one of the safest and most effective ways of reducing the prominence of these facial creases. At Dr Rasha Clinic, we inject our filler into the folds extending from the nose to the sides of the mouth (your smile lines) to fill in these creases and add volume – helping you to achieve a much more youthful complexion and appearance. 

Which dermal fillers does Dr Rasha recommend for treating smile lines?

At Dr Rasha Clinic, each of our HA fillers will vary in strength, meaning that we can tailor them to treat different issues and areas in a safe and highly effective manner. Dr Rasha personally likes to use Teoxane and Juvederm to treat smile and laughter lines, and both of these brands use plentiful amounts of hyaluronic acid to leave you with a natural-looking radiance. 

Prior to any treatment, we ask that you join us for a thorough consultation so that Dr Rasha can examine your medical history and understand your treatment goals to determine the best dermal filler treatment for you.

Do dermal fillers for smile lines hurt? 

As with any needle-based procedure, you should expect to experience some mild discomfort around the injection site. The severity of this pain does vary depending on the area being treated, and in the case of smile lines, this area can, unfortunately, be more sensitive than others. 

There is no need to worry though, many modern fillers now include a dose of lidocaine, a form of local anaesthetic that can help alleviate a lot of the discomfort felt during treatment. In some instances, your practitioner may also choose to numb the area with a topical anaesthetic which usually comes in the form of a cream. 

The choice of having a form of pain relief is dependent on your preference and your tolerance to pain. At Dr Rasha Clinic, we will always do everything we can to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.  

How long will results last? 

As with many aesthetic treatments, the amount of time your results can last will vary from individual to individual. In most cases, smile lines that we have treated with dermal fillers, especially those that contain hyaluronic acid, will last anywhere between 6 and 18 months. Over time, your body will slowly start to break down the filler at which point you may want to book in for a follow-up treatment. The rate at which this will happen varies depending on the speed of your metabolism.  

Besides the type of filler used, several other factors can influence the longevity of your filler treatment. This includes the part of your face that has been injected, the amount of filler administered and, as mentioned above, the speed of your metabolism. 

Are there any side effects associated with dermal fillers?

Treating smile lines with dermal fillers is (primarily) no different from treating any other area of your face, and when this is carried out by an experienced and professional medical practitioner, the treatment of your smile lines promises very few side effects. This is one of the many reasons why they have become so popular. 

As with any aesthetic treatment, there is always the possibility that you may suffer from more severe side effects, however, this is why we ask that you join us for a consultation so we can minimise the chances of this happening. The most common side effects of this treatment include mild redness and swelling and bruising around the injection site, however, this usually subsides within just a few days.

Do I need to follow a strict aftercare routine? 

In most cases, the treatment of smile lines requires very little downtime post-treatment and the majority of our patients can resume their day right where they left off. 

Dr Rasha will provide you with a very simple and straightforward aftercare routine to give your body the best chance to recover and ensure that your results are as good as possible. Usually, we recommend those who have had dermal fillers avoid any strenuous exercise for a couple of days after treatment and refrain from applying beauty products to the treatment area.

Book in today

If you would like to book in for a consultation with Dr Rasha, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Dr Rasha will be happy to speak to you personally to arrange your appointment and talk you through everything you need to know about dermal fillers and treating your smile lines. 

You can contact us via email at info@drrashaclinic.com or by calling 02037 462 211 or 07511 107 511 today.