What Are Laugh Lines and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

While you may not notice it, you start getting wrinkles in your 20s. It may be subtle, but it’s there.

As time goes on, those wrinkles become deeper and deeper, until one day, you wake up, look at yourself in the mirror, and ask: Where did these wrinkles come from?!

There are many types of wrinkles, but one that many people worry about are laugh lines. If you have these and want to get rid of them, then read on. We’ll explain what laugh lines are, how you get them, and how you can obliterate them.

What Are Laugh Lines?

Laugh lines are the wrinkles you see appear on your face; more specifically, between your nostrils and the outside of your mouth. Some people call them “parentheses” since they look exactly like the ones you find on your keyboard.

Typically, you start seeing laugh lines appear somewhere in your 20s or 30s. When you’re younger, you’ll see these parentheses appear on your face when you smile, but when you relax your face, they go away.

However, when you get older, these parentheses marks stay on your face. The older you get, the deeper these lines will appear.

How Do You Get Laugh Lines?

The usual turn of phrase goes like this: use it, or lose it. But in the case of wrinkles, it’s the opposite. The most you do a facial expression, the more it leads to premature fine lines and wrinkles.

So smiling and laughing a lot are two leading causes of laugh lines. But there’s more to it than that.

Gravity also plays a huge part in laugh lines, especially as we generate less collagen as time goes on. This means our skin gets thinner and sags, which can add to the appearance of wrinkles.

Many people look younger than their real age because they still have “baby fat” in their faces. This plumps up the skin and fills out anywhere that may have lines.

But as our collagen production slows down and we lose fat in our faces, our skin isn’t so stretched out any more. Without tautness, the skin relaxes and folds in on itself.

It’s similar to how a balloon works. When you inflate it, it’s nice and smooth. But once you deflate it, you start seeing folds all along the balloon.

How Can You Prevent Laugh Lines?

One obvious way to prevent laugh lines is to stop smiling and laughing. This will keep your face nice and smooth, but how feasible is this, really? Plus, it’s a pretty miserable life to live if you can’t enjoy some humor.

Here are some more practical ways to prevent laugh lines.

The key is to keep your skin nice and healthy. So you should drink plenty of water, avoid the sun (or use good sun protection when you’re outdoors), eat a healthy diet, and avoid drinking alcohol.

You should also avoid losing weight drastically and/or yo-yo dieting. When you gain and lose weight rapidly, this can deplete your collagen stores.

How Can You Eliminate Laugh Lines?

Maybe it’s too late to put the above tips into practice; you already have very noticeable laugh lines and you want them gone pronto.

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can do this. Here are some popular ways people are getting rid of laugh lines.


One of the most popular ways people get rid of laugh lines is through Botox. This is an injection made from the toxin of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It sounds scary, but much research and development have gone into Botox, and it’s even FDA approved.

Since Botox relaxes the muscles around the injection site, this means when you smile or laugh, the area for laugh lines won’t move as much.

Because Botox is an injection, you might feel slight pain at the site and have slight bleeding and/or bruising.

Dermal Fillers

Remember how we said that as we age, the fat in our faces decrease, which creates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles?

An excellent solution to this is dermal fillers. These replace the collagen that’s missing, which gives your face a plumper, fuller look. This gets rid of your laugh lines.

Dermal fillers last up to a year. Because they’re also injections, you may temporarily have slight bleeding, swelling, and bruising at the injection site.

PicoWay Resolve Laser

The PicoWay Resolve laser is a noninvasive wrinkle remover. It’s FDA-approved, which means it’s completely safe to use. Not only will it get rid of your laugh lines, but it can also eliminate acne scarring and sun damage too!

When you receive this treatment, you’ll get ultra-short laser pulses beneath your skin. This will smooth out your skin in just 10 minutes. You’ll need 4 appointments to get optimal results.

Because the appointments are so short and there’s no downtime afterward, it can be super easy to schedule during your lunch break. There’s no pain involved either, and the most you’ll experience is a little swelling and redness.

Get Rid of Those Laugh Lines

Wrinkles are a fact of life, which means you should try and embrace them when you notice them appearing. But sometimes, they can hinder us from being 100% confident in ourselves.

If you’d rather get rid of wrinkles such as laugh lines, technology’s enabled us to do so nowadays. As you can see in this article, there are quite a few nonsurgical ways you can get rid of laugh lines, so you can feel great about yourself again.

Are you interested in trying the PicoWay Resolve laser for your laugh lines? Then make an appointment with us now! We accept Care Credit.