There are lines beginning to form around the sides of my mouth, and I'm wondering, what treatments are recommended for slowing this process down? Will fillers or laser treatment help?
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Lasers are the best, but fillers can help as well. Don't forget about Botox, too.
Thank you for your question. For lines around the mouth, here's what you can do:
- Lasers - Doing a fractional resurfacing procedure can significantly improve the appearance of lines around the mouth. There are different types of lasers with different outcomes and different downtimes. Choosing which is best is a choice between you and your physician. In my opinion, fractional CO2 lasers would be the best option if possible.
- Fillers - While excellent at filling lines, it is truly an artistic skill that varies by practitioner. Using a filler can look natural, or clumpy in this area, and results can vary. Not the highest on my list of aesthetic procedures for improvement around the lips.
- Botox - Injecting Botox around the lips will decrease your ability to make these lines. Only 1-2 units in 2-4 places can make a significant difference. The main side effect, however, is that you may have difficulty puckering, whistling, or sucking out of a straw. These effects are temporary, and the cost is somewhat minimal compared to the others, so it may be worth a shot for most people. It would be an excellent adjunct to doing the fractional resurfacing procedure described above.
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