Smile lines, or nasolabial folds, are lines that lead from the nose to the corners of the mouth. As these lines deepen, they can add age to a person’s appearance.

Dr. Christopher Manios provides treatment for smile lines to give Walnut Creek and Pleasanton patients smoother and more youthful-looking features. His approach relies on the precise use of injectables to restore fullness to areas of need.

Dr. Manios is a Harvard and Stanford University-trained plastic surgeon. While many providers focus their work on surgical procedures and apply injectables as an afterthought—or, in some cases, offer them through their nurses only—Dr. Manios has dedicated his career to non-surgical rejuvenation. He has a wealth of experience in the anatomy and aesthetics of the face and is dedicated to patient education and effective outcomes.

The Benefits of Treatment for Smile Lines

In younger people, the fat layers beneath the skin tend to be well defined, full, and located throughout the face. However, several factors can cause depletion or seperation  in these fat layers and can lead to lines on the surface of the face. These factors include aging, sun damage, weight change, gravity, and years of repeated smiling.

Treatment for smile lines can help Walnut Creek and Pleasanton patients significantly improve or eradicate these lines. Dr. Manios uses injectable products from JUVÉDERM® to return structural integrity and fullness where fat layers have been separated or depleted. This non-surgical approach means no downtime and greater comfort following treatment, and the injectable solution leaves behind results that appear and feel natural.

Dr. Manios’s Approach with Smile Lines

Dr. Manios will conduct a thorough assessment for each patient to ensure that treatment fits their needs and goals. For smile lines, he will begin by evaluating the mid-face: the area under your eyes and above your mouth. In some cases, smile lines appear prominent because of laxity and volume loss in this area rather than because of fat separation alone. Treating this laxity and volume loss can improve both the mid-face and the smile lines.

In other cases, Dr. Manios may opt to treat the nasolabial folds directly. He typically uses JUVÉDERM Ultra, Ultra Plus, or VOLLURE™ to add volume and reduce the depth of these lines. Dr. Manios will carefully inject these products in the correct amounts and solutions so that the results are smooth and natural-looking. Patients can expect the results to last up to one year with Ultra and Ultra Plus and two years with VOLLURE.

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What You Can Expect with Treatment for Smile Lines

Walnut Creek and Pleasanton patients may opt to receive smile line treatment on the day of their initial consultation. During the procedure, Dr. Manios will:

  • Introduce JUVÉDERM into the smile lines to plump up and increase volume in these areas.
  • Create a smooth transition between the cheeks and lips. This is important because the skin and fat structure in these areas differ. Careful attention to these differences will produce a more aesthetically appealing outcome.
  • Use a cannula to inject the filler into the smile lines. While standard injection techniques require multiple skin punctures, the cannula will release the filler through a single point. This will significantly reduce the number of injections that you receive, keep you more comfortable throughout your visit, and reduce bruising after treatment.

Because injectables are a non-surgical option, you should be able to return to your normal activities immediately following your appointment. JUVÉDERM Ultra and Ultra Plus should provide benefits that last up to one year, while results from VOLLURE can last up to two years. After this time you can return for retreatment.

Patient satisfaction with this procedure tends to be extremely high. Following your visit with Dr. Manios, you should see a significant reduction in these lines and subtle but significant improvement in your overall appearance.

If deep nasolabial folds are keeping you from looking your best, consider treatment for smile lines. Walnut Creek and Pleasanton patients can schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Manios online or by phone at (925) 989-6560.