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Can Smile Lines Be Treated with Botox?

the smile lines are really pronounced on my face. the lines really bother me. can you share how i can best get rid of smile lines, botox for example works well?

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Smile Lines and Botox

Patients will often ask me if I can "get rid of this line" in regards to facial lines and wrinkles that may not necessarily contribute to the appearance of age or fatigue.
My strong feeling about the softening of facial lines and wrinkles is this:
  • if it doesn't 'age' you, and it doesn't make you look tired or worried, then don't spend your hard-earned money trying to make it go away.
  • Some lines actually do add warmth and character to the face, and an older face with NO lines usually looks a bit odd.
  • Some smiles that may add age to the face can be treated conservatively with Botox.

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Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Smile lines around the eyes, also known as "crow's feet"...


Smile lines around the eyes, also known as "crow's feet", are among the best areas treated by Botox. Approximately 10 to 12 units of Botox per side are required for good correction of the smile lines.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Fillers are best for treating smile lines


Since Botox relaxes muscles, it is not good to use for smile lines because it would affect your ability to smile!  So, fillers are usually the best solution for these lines, like Restylane or Juvederm.  Lasers may also be utilized in some cases. 

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Treating smile lines


Smile lines ("crows feet") around the eyes may respond very well to Botox. Other smile lines such as the ones over the cheek/midface area and nasolabial line don't usually respond very well to Botox. In many patients, a filling material with hyaluronic acid works better in those areas, instead. A discussion with your surgeon will help you figure out what would be best for your face.

Huntsville Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for Smile Lines


The answer to your question depends on how you define smile lines. Two practitioners that answered this question focused on different areas, one the mouth and the other the crow's feet (sides of eyes). The crow's feet (the wrinkles on the sides of the eyes that are accentuated when we smile) are excellent candidates for Botox and in most cases, we can achieve complete resolution of these lines using Botox.

But if the smile lines you are referring to are the creases that exist between the sides of the nose and the corners of the mouth, then Botox is not an option and dermal fillers like Restylane would be a great choice.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can Smile Lines Be Treated with Botox

Smile lines  or crows feet are very effectively treated with Botox
You will need about 8- 10 units per side repeated every 3 - 4 months.

Sydney Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for her smile line treatment

Botox is an excellent treatment for smile lines also known as crows feet. 20-25 units total split between both  sides is the appropriate amount of Botox needed to effectively treat the crow's feet. The really pronounced smile lines on the face cannot be treated with Botox, since it will interfere with your smiling  muscle function

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Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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All depends on what you mean by smile lines...


if you're referring to the crow's feet...then the answer is yes...but if you mean the lines that form on your mid or lower cheek then you're probably looking at a filler...and some lines will not respond to any therapy...and that's okay want to show signs of, happiness, some emotions...after all that's only human

Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Smile Lines and Botox


It really depends on the reason the smile lines developed in the first place. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by freezing the muscle at the injection site, making it the perfect solution for dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that are caused by repeated facial muscle movements. The vertical furrows between your brows are a great example of dynamic wrinkles.

However, other types of wrinkles are caused not just by your regular facial expressions, but also by the loss of volume in the facial tissues that’s part of growing older. For these wrinkles, an injectable filler is your best option. The parentheses lines around the mouth are good examples of wrinkles that can be improved with injectable fillers.

Tampa General Surgeon
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Botox to treat smile lines.


First, it depends on what you are considering "smile lines."  If it is crow's feet, then yes.  If it is the nasolabial folds, then filler is usually used.  Please seek out an experienced and well trained injector.  They will guide you through the process

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Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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