Smile lines—sometimes referred to as the nasolabial folds—can deepen and form with age. Cosmetic injections are one of the most common and effective ways to address smile lines when and if they become a concern. However, many patients question what injectable is best. What’s better for smile lines: Botox or fillers?
Both Botox and dermal fillers are great options to treat smile lines. Ultimately, it comes down to the cause of the smile lines and the goals of the patient. If the smile lines formed or deepened due to repetitive movements, Botox can help soften them. Though, Botox usually will not fully take away the appearance of the nasolabial folds since they are often present outside of facial movements.
Dermal fillers can fill in the fold and lines. It should be done carefully to avoid overfilling, but when done correctly and on the right patient, it can create amazing results. It is often not possible or advised to totally remove the lines, but filler can do so if you like or are a good candidate for smile line filler treatment.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.