Botox can seem like a fix-all for those who are seeking younger, more beautiful skin. It has been heralded as the solution for everything from wrinkles to migraines. While true that Botox is an excellent tool for facial rejuvenation, there are areas where Botox is not the optimal treatment choice.

Botox for Smile Lines

The lines that go from the corners of your nose to your mouth are technically called “nasolabial folds.” These lines are caused by sagging tissue, associated with the breakdown of collagen as we age. Because Botox is intended to paralyze the nerves that cause dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles caused by movement, it is not appropriate for this area of the face.

Think of it this way: When you crinkle your brow or squint your eyes, the muscles contract and cause deep wrinkles to appear. Once you stop making this expression, the deep wrinkle goes away, but the skin crease is permanently altered. These creases and wrinkles become more dramatic as we age.

Botox works to disallow the crease from occurring when we make a particular movement of our face. Botox for smile lines is not the answer.

A Better Solution

If you’re seeking to improve the appearance of deep nasolabial folds, dermal fillers are a great place to start. Products like Juvederm, a hyaluronic acid filler, can help replace the missing collagen, plumping the face and decreasing the appearance of deep wrinkles.

Dermal fillers add missing volume, adding structure and fullness to your face without the fear of looking “overdone.” It’s subtle and natural, bringing you back the appearance of your youth.

Products such as Juvederm Voluma and Juvederm Vollure XC can last anywhere from 18-24 months, making it a long-lasting investment.

Are you interested in diminishing your smile lines? Start with your skincare expert at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute.