BOTOX® or Fillers for Marionette Lines?

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A major sign of aging in one’s face is the presence of marionette lines, the lines running from the corners of your mouth down toward your chin. Not everyone gets marionette lines, but for those who do, the lines can make you look much older than you actually are and can make you look as if you’re perpetually frowning or upset. If you’re thinking about your non-surgical options to reduce the appearance of facial fine lines, there are BOTOX® and facial fillers to consider:

  • BOTOX® is an injectable drug made from a type of FDA-approved toxin that works to temporarily relax the activity of facial muscles, which results in smoother, more youthful skin. BOTOX® is most often used for the vertical lines that form between your eyebrows, but it may be used in other areas where muscular activity is causing wrinkles.
  • Fillers, such as Juvederm, help to add volume and hydration to your skin, plumping the affected areas. A facial filler may be a good option for your marionette lines, because oftentimes these lines form because of lost volume in your skin. The fillers restore lost volume, essentially reducing the line by filling it in.

Dr. Joel Back is committed to helping you find the cosmetic treatments that are right for your goals, expectations and priorities. After assessing your skin, he can tell you whether BOTOX® or a facial filler is a good fit for the lines you want to reduce.

If you live anywhere in the Bay Area, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo or the surrounding areas, please contact Bay Area Aesthetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Beck at 6505706066.


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