What Are Bunny Lines and How Can You Treat Them?

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Bunny lines are those little wrinkles that appear at the sides of your nose wherever you laugh or smile. They are named "bunny lines" because of their similarities to cute bunnies, and they are nothing to be ashamed of. Bunny lines are a normal part of the aging process and a statement of all the joy and happiness you have experienced throughout your life.

Well, if you are not a fan of bunny lines and are looking for ways to bid them adieu, several long-lasting solutions can zap them away. Without hopping around, here are several ways to prevent and treat bunny lines.

What causes bunny lines? 

Bunny lines are fine lines that appear on the face due to consistent facial expressions like smiling, laughing, or smirking. In addition, age, poor lifestyle, and poor skincare routine are what cause bunny lines.

Depending on your facial structure, bunny lines can start at either side of your face. They often start from the innermost part of your eye and stretch inward onto the skin surrounding your nose. Bunny lines are due to the flexion and contraction of the muscles surrounding your nasal region. These muscles also respond to nasal movements, such as flaring, flexing, and contracting your nostrils. 

As the human skin ages, collagen production declines, leading to a decline in the skin's elasticity and plumpness. Hence, the skin no longer returns to its original state, resulting in deep caveats when you make certain expressions. 

Bunny lines can also result from facial injectables, particularly on the forehead and eyebrow. If you've had work done in certain areas of your face, bunny lines are almost unavoidable. Many facial injectables prevent other facial muscles from performing properly, especially muscles responsible for talking and laughing. 

These injections mount extra pressure on muscles around your nose and cause deep creases, leading to bunny lines or wrinkles. Although they are common in older people, bunny lines can appear even in your mid-20s as collagen production declines around that age. 

How to get rid of bunny lines? 

What are bunny lines? Still confused about bunny lines? Try this little test to confirm: Scrunch up your nose for 5 seconds or less; you should see some lines on and around your nose. Now relax your face and wait for another 5 seconds. Did those little wrinkles stick around or disappear? If you can see them, they are nose wrinkles. 

But guess what? We're not about to let these wrinkles steal the show. So here's how to get rid of bunny lines;

Botox or Dysport

Botox or Dysport are common cosmetic treatments for bunny lines. They have been used for decades to reduce wrinkles, crow's feet, and fine lines on the face, decollétage, stomach, and thighs. Botox and Dysport are neuromodulators that affect the muscles responsible for your nose wrinkles, making them unresponsive to your facial expressions. 

Filling bunny lines with Botox is relatively easy, as the average procedure takes 2 hours or less. To fill the bunny lines, your aesthetician will use tiny needles (filled with Botox for bunny lines) on the deep compression to elevate them slowly. This weakens the muscles and prevents wrinkles almost immediately. 

Bunny line botox lasts for 3 to 6 months and requires continual use for improved results. A good aesthetician will recommend the right amount of injectable botox to prevent any negative side effects and to ensure you maintain normal facial expressions.

Facial Fillers 

Who says facial fillers are meant for deep wrinkles? Like Botox, facial fillers can help remove bunny lines. They are potent and often used when Botox cannot completely reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the nose.  Facial fillers stimulate collagen production in the skin, replace lost volume, and improve plumpness.

Hyaluronic facial fillers like Juvederm and Volbella are commonly used for bunny lines because they are soft, safe, versatile, and also produce a natural appearance. While fillers like Restylane and Lyft produce more long-lasting results. Facial fillers last for 3 months to 2 years, which is longer than Botox, and are readily absorbed into the body.

Effective Home Remedies for Bunny Lines


Aside from visiting a professional, various home remedies can reduce the appearance of bunny lines. Looking good should not burn a huge hole in your finances, as simple household items can produce outstanding, visible results. With these simple yet effective home remedies, you can easily conquer those annoying crinkles around your nose.  

The Jade Roller Massage Method: Gua sha and jade rollers are popular skin sculpting items that promote blood circulation. These items can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles by smoothening the creases. All you need is a good jade roller and facial oil to begin. Moisturize your skin with the oil and use the roller or gua sha to massage your nose downwards and inwards. Do this repeatedly and rinse your face.

The Nose Clip Method: The nose clip method involves the use of nose clips to restrict nasal movement. The clip prevents you from squinting or scrunching your nose. This inadvertently prevents more creases from happening.

How to Prevent Bunny Lines?

Even though there are various treatments for bunny lines, the ideal time to treat them is to prevent them from happening. Remember that bunny lines occasionally result from normal aging and face movement and might not always be avoidable. The following non-invasive techniques can help you avoid bunny lines;

Use enough sunscreen daily: 

Ensure you use SPF 30 or more sunscreen every day, and do not forget to reapply. Sunray is a major cause of premature aging and bunny lines.

Stay hydrated: 

Water helps in getting rid of toxins, aid in the transport of nutrients, and encourage collagen production. 

Use silicone patches: 

Silicone patches are cosmetic treatments that help minimize wrinkles and facial lines. They are relatively affordable, unlike other treatments, and produce great results. The popular and effective Dermaclara's facial silicone patches deliver extra moisture that prevents the need for medical procedures like Botox and fillers. 

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