Face Yoga

What causes mid cheek lines and how to get rid of them?

Written by Stephanie BehringUpdated on 27 Sep 2022
Face Yoga

What causes mid cheek lines and how to get rid of them?

Written by Stephanie Behring.Updated at 27 Sep 2022
Some fine lines and wrinkles are created by repeated motions. This is why wrinkles often form around the eyes and mouth. It’s also why mid cheek lines form. These lines are the result of smiling, laughing, and other everyday facial expressions. As you age, your skin loses elasticity and volume and lines can become deeper. Plus, a loss of volume makes it much easier for new lines to form and set in your face. You can combat mid cheek lines in several ways. For instance, some people choose facial fillers or laser treatments. If you’re interested in permanently smoothing your mid cheek lines, you can pursue plastic surgery. For a less invasive option, you can choose to use anti-aging creams with proven ingredients such as retinol and add facial yoga moves to your daily routine.

What causes mid cheek lines?

Mid cheek lines, sometimes called smile lines, are a common sign of aging. The skin on your cheeks is thin and can show aging faster than some other areas of your face. There are multiple causes of mid cheek lines, including:
  • A loss of skin elasticity as your age
  • A loss of facial volume
  • Skin dehydration
  • Genetics
  • A shifting a fat underneath the skin
  • Weakening of facial muscles
  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Repeated laughing, smiling, and other large mouth motions
Wrinkles caused by repeated motions, such as mid cheek wrinkles, are called dynamic wrinkles. This type of wrinkle is difficult to prevent, since we all move our faces as part of daily life. However, there are steps you can take to keep your skin looking youthful.

How to get rid of mid cheek lines?

There are a range of treatments available for mid cheek lines. Some treatments, such as fillers and surgery, require professional care. Others, such as creams and facial yoga, can be done in the privacy of your home. You can read more about some of the most popular treatments for mid cheek below.

Injectable fillers for mid cheek lines

Injectable fillers can help you get rid of mid cheek wrinkles. They’re a popular alternative to surgery and a great option for people who want instant results. Most fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. Results from injectable fillers generally last for about six to 12 months.

Micro-needling for mid cheek lines

Micro-needling is a technique that stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin by creating tiny needle prick injuries on your skin’s surface. A device covered in very fine and small needles is rolled over your skin by an esthetician. These needles won’t really hurt or injure you, but they will create a healing response in your body. The healing response will cause your body to make more collagen and send it to your skin. This can reduce the appearance of mid cheek lines. Micro-needling can also reduce your poor size and tighten your skin for an overall healthier and more youthful complexion. It can take several micro-needling sessions before results appear.

Surgery for mid cheek lines

There are surgical options you can pursue for mid cheek lines. These options are more invasive and more expensive than other options, but they are also a permanent fix. For some people, this makes surgery worth the cost and healing time. The most popular surgical solution for mid cheek lines is a facelift.

Skin resurfacing for mid cheek lines

Skin resurfacing is done with a specialized laser. This treatment removes the top layer of your skin cells. It can decrease wrinkles, sunspots, and other signs of aging. Skin resurfacing results normally last for a few months.

At-home creams for mid cheek lines

You don’t have to visit a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, esthetician, or spa to treat mid cheek wrinkles. There are ways you can treat wrinkles without leaving home. Anti-aging creams can be an effective way to combat mid-cheek lines. Creams with studied ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and hydroxy acids can be especially effective. You can look for creams with proven ingredients that are a good fit for the rest of your skin care routine.

Facial yoga for mid cheek wrinkles

Weakened facial muscles can make mid cheek wrinkles deeper. By adding facial yoga to your daily routine, you can tighten your skin and minimize the appearance of mid cheek wrinkles. Great moves for mid cheek wrinkles include: 1. Cheek lift. To do this move, place the index and middle fingers of each hand on the sides of your face. Then slowly slide your fingers up in a V, pulling the skin of your cheeks up as you go. Repeat the motion for one minute. 2. Hook fingers. For this move, you’ll need to hook an index finger into each side of your mouth at the corner. Pull gently with your fingers while trying to move your mouth inward with your cheek muscles. You should feel resistance as you do this. Hold for 10 seconds and then repeat 15 times. 3. Smile hold. In this last exercise, you’ll keep your teeth pressed together while making a wide smile. Hold your smile for 15 seconds. Relax and then repeat 15 times.


Mid cheek lines are a telltale sign of aging. Mid cheek lines are a dynamic wrinkle. They form as a result of smiling, laughing, and other natural facial expressions. Over time, these repeated expressions leave lines in your face. As your face loses collagen and facial volume, those lines can get deeper and more noticeable. However, there are steps you can take to combat mid cheek lines. There are expensive procedures with professionals, such as fillers, skin resurfacing, and surgery. If you’d treat mid cheek lines at home, options like anti-aging creams and facial yoga can tighten skin and minimize wrinkles.