How can I get rid of my smile lines? (photos)

I'm wondering if juvederm will give me a smooth, flat area around my nose and mouth and plump my cheeks so my smile lines will not be visible. My makeup tends to sink into my smile lines really bad as you can see in the photos. I uploaded photos with makeup on to show how bad the makeup sinks even though I've barely smiled/talked today.

Doctor Answers 8

The lines around your mouth are natural expression lines that are not deep and not due to aging, so they don't need fillers

Thank you for the question.  You submitted some good photos, and ask if Juvederm can help you with the smile lines as you state that makeup tends to in them.

I can certainly give you some assistance with this question. I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I’ve been practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years, and I use a lot of fillers for smile lines in situations like yours. In the absence of a physical examination in getting the depth of those lines, I would be cautious about using dermal filler to help those smile lines. When you say makeup is getting in, we need to examine if this a line can really benefit from a filler. You think about where fillers are placed when it comes to nasolabial folds which are sometimes referred to us as parentheses.

When someone is a little older and they lose volume, this material is placed deep within the skin in the dermis. When you think about the skin, the epidermis or dermis, you are dealing with a couple of millimeters which are very thin, and then below that is often where fillers end up to help support some of the volume loss associated with facial aging where bone, muscle, fat, and soft tissue are lost. In your situation, we are dealing with something which is shallower, so my concern is filler is placed to try to improve that shallow level of the dermis where the lines start to go in a little and the makeup tends to collect, will you end up with a ridge? It is a possibility, as well as putting a very low molecular weight or viscosity such as hyaluronic acid filler, but then the question is will it make enough of a difference?

Sometimes with patients like you, we will try to do something like epidermal softening and blending, something like Hydrafacial which is basically a combined approach of microdermabrasion with glycolic acid.  Often, I will just tell people that it is fairly superficial and it is only an issue related to makeup, but it is not a facial aging issue or it is not taking away from your overall facial structure. Wait to do any treatment because I think if your expectation is makeup will not go to that area, that will be tough because this is an area which naturally just folds in, and this also accounts for basically lines in the cheeks when people smile. These lines tend to be more dynamic, which is treatable with an injectable that relaxes muscle like Botox™, but these are natural lines consistent with the facial anatomy.

I think you need to meet with a doctor and have a consultation. Learn about your options, and see what you are ready to define as success because you want to be able to eliminate the lines. I always explain to patients that improvement is the goal, and it is not always about elimination because you can’t erase lines with laser, surgery, radiofrequency, or microdermabrasion, you name it - it is always about improvement. Meet with doctors and learn about improvement so you can come up with a solution sustainable for you. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your question.

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New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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There are many different ways to treat smile lines, no matter what age you are. We now offer so many great treatments for fine lines. You are in an age of fantastic technology and improving procedures. You may not be ready for fillers or anything too drastic, but you do have options as far as light to deep chemical peels, laser treatments, and a plethora of medical grade skin care products. One or all of these can make a huge improvement to your smile lines. We do always pay attention to mid-facial volume loss and it is accepted now that replenishing this volume loss results in better and more natural looking outcomes. The best thing to do is meet with your board certifies Plastic Surgeon so that she may assess your personal goals while having the full gamut of treatment options at their disposal. .

Steven M. Gitt, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
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How can I get rid of my smile lines?

A fine line filler such as Belotero® may be more appropriate for superficial smile lines. In addition, consider a less-heavy makeup formulation, such as a solid concealer for blemishes followed by loose tinted powder, so that make-up doesn't 'sink" into my lines. For more skin care and makeup tips, visit our Twitter Feed @MiamiSkinIns

Manjula Jegasothy, MD
Miami Dermatologist
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Juvederm Injection

Based on the photos provided, superficial Juvederm injections can certainly be used to help hide the lines that concern you. In your case, only a very small amount of filler will be needed to eliminate the lines and leave you with a smoother look in this area. It is important to choose an experienced board certified plastic surgeon. Best of luck. James Lee

James Lee, MD
Montreal Plastic Surgeon
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Smile lines and fillers

You don't have large nasolabial folds. I do see superficial etched in lines and some folds with smiling. The superficial lines can be improved with Belotero or Restylane Silk injected very superficially. The lines with smiling are tough because if you fill them, things will look abnormal when resting. The superficial injections are not easy to do and you should go to an experienced doctor for this.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm for Smile Lines

Thank you for your question and for sharing your photographs.  Sorry that you are having some concerns about your smile lines.  Based on your photographs, you appear to be an excellent candidate for Juvederm.  Please be sure to see an experienced injector for an in-person consultation in order to best address your concerns, discuss your goals and expectations, and determine the best course of action.  Best wishes! 

Fine lines

Fine lines like that would probably benefit from filler that can be used very superficially.  Best of luck.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Smile lines

Thank you for your question. Juvederm will likely help with your smile lines, however a more superficial filler like belotero may be more appropriate. You don't seem to have a large concavity, which is typically where juvederm is more useful; your lines appear to be somewhat superficial, and belotero or restylane silk can be used to help soften this superficial crease. If done correctly and subtly, you will have a natural result. Of course, your best bet is to have an in-person consultation with a Plastic Surgeon to hear all of your options, and to have an in-person physical assessment. Best of luck! 

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