One of the greatest joys in life is laughter, but it has the unfortunate side effect of creating deep lines and wrinkles around the mouth, especially the upper lip, due to continual muscle movement. These lines are often referred to as smile lines, and they can increase in depth and appearance as you age.  Smiling, laughing, eating, drinking and talking exacerbate the problem, leading to permanent wrinkling. While not doing activities that cause the mouth to purse or pucker would help these lines, that is obviously out of the question. That is where fillers come in.

For Prevention and Correction

Fillers are used to increase the volume of the dermal compartment of the skin.  We tend to lose volume in the skin, in addition to thinning of the epidermis, with less elasticity and collagen, which occurs with age.

Fillers can help correct perioral lines that are already present, as well as correct the margins of the vermillion border.  This vermillion border is simply the area where the skin of the lips meet the skin of the face.  It is called this because the thinner skin on the lips show blood vessels better that the skin of the face, leading to the reddish or pinkish color of the lips.

With filler for smile lines, your dermatologist can help redefine your vermillion border, creating a more defined lip shape and reducing color loss along the edges of your lips.  A minimal amount of filler can be used to create a very natural look, so people cannot tell you had anything done.  When too much filler is added, the lips can take on an unnatural or “ducky” appearance, if not done correctly.  Use only experienced, certified medical professionals for your fillers.

There are many different fillers available for correction of various areas.

The only way to know if filler is the right choice for your smile lines is to have a discussion with your favorite cosmetic rejuvenation expert.  Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute offers filler services and so much more to help you put your best foot forward.