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Smile Line Filler Sarasota

Smile Line Filler


Smile Line Filler Sarasota

Wrinkles tend to form for two primary reasons. First, repetitive movements such as raising the eyebrows, scowling, squinting, etc. Second, the loss of elasticity in the skin and reduction in collagen production can cause wrinkles to form due to natural volume loss. However, the nasolabial folds—also called smile lines or laugh lines—can be present even in children. They can deepen with age, or for those that were not born with them, form. Cosmetic injectables and skincare are often the recommended treatment. Sarasota Surgical Arts provides the best smile line filler Sarasota offers.

Smile Line Fillers: An Overview

Along with the aforementioned nasolabial folds which are the lines that run from the nose to the mouth, smaller, movement-formed lines parallel to the folds on each side of the lips can form. These smaller lines are also sometimes called smile lines. Regardless, dermal fillers can address both.

Smile lines can cause people to look aged and may accentuate facial sagging. The midface area is one of the first places to show age, especially when it comes to the deepening of existing folds and wrinkles. Many providers will use hyaluronic acid based fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane to address these unwanted folds. Though, semi-permanent fillers such as Sculptra and Radiesse are also options.

Due to the high vascularization of the area, patients should seek out a knowledgeable and experienced injector. This not only helps promote better results, but also reduces the overall risk associated with nasolabial fold fillers.


Smile line filler offers many benefits and advantages. Patients who seek out this type of filler often cannot hide deepening folds beneath makeup. Therefore, they may turn to cosmetic procedures to find a way to fill in those lines. The benefits of smile line fillers can include:

  • Reduction in the appearance of smile lines
  • Younger look
  • Improve facial contours
  • Treat fine lines and wrinkles
  • May make the cheeks look lifted
  • Correct an uneven smile
  • Address facial asymmetry
  • Help hydrate the skin
  • Many FDA approved filler options
  • Quick procedure
  • Nearly painless
  • Overall safe
  • Instant results
  • Non-invasive and non-surgical
  • Long lasting
  • Increases collagen production
  • Few side effects or complications
  • Reversible (hyaluronic acid fillers)
  • Combinable with other injectables and treatments


Like all procedures, there are some risks of undergoing nasolabial fold filler. While rare and unlikely, you should fully understand the risks and potential complications before the procedure. Some of the possible risks and complications include:

  • Infection
  • Nodule formation
  • Prolonged side effects
  • Overfilling
  • Asymmetry
  • Blood vessel occlusion (blocking a blood vessel)
  • Nerve damage
  • Allergic reaction
  • Scarring
  • Skin or tissue necrosis
  • Acne or cold sore flare-ups

Most of these complications are preventable or treatable. Dr. Sessa will screen you before your procedure to ensure you carry a low risk of complications. Additionally, he will cater the injections to make them as low risk as possible. If you are a first time filler patient, hyaluronic acid fillers are generally going to be recommended.

Filler vs. Botox For Smile Lines

Dermal fillers are not the only injectable option for treating smile lines. Botulinum toxin injections are sometimes used to soften the look smile lines. Though, in most cases, filler is preferred. So, which is better? What are the situations where one is preferred over the other? The table below provides insight into these differences.

  • Treats volume loss
  • Can diminish the appearance of the lines completely
  • Does not prevent future deepening of the wrinkles
  • Can last between three months and two years
  • Maintains facial expressions
  • Near instant results
  • Reversible
  • More commonly used for lower and mid-face
  • Treats folds/lines caused by muscle movements
  • Will not completely get rid of the folds
  • Prevents future deepening with regular touch-ups
  • May impact facial expressions
  • Lasts about three to six months
  • Results take about two weeks
  • Not reversible
  • More commonly used for upper face

Filler and Botox are also frequently used together to treat smile lines. This is an especially effective method since the formation of smile lines is often a combination of volume loss, skin thinning, and repetitive muscle movements.

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Nasolabial Fold Filler From Start To Finish


Before undergoing nasolabial filler, you will meet with a provider at Sarasota Surgical Arts. First, your provider will want to know about your goals for the procedure and any concerns you may have. They will then inquire about your medical history and lifestyle that are pertinent to your treatment. Finally, they may examine the area to determine the factors contributing to the deepened appearance.

If your provider believes that you are a good candidate for smile line filler, they will discuss the various filler options available. Working with your provider, you will create a customized nasolabial filler treatment and injection plan. In some cases, it may be possible to proceed with the injections on the same day.


The first step your provider will take to administer your filler is to disinfect the area. They may also apply numbing cream or a similar numbing agent to help reduce any discomfort. Additionally, most fillers contain lidocaine to provide more relief during the injections. While you numb, your provider will prepare your chosen filler.

Once numb, your provider will start injecting filler into the nasolabial folds. The exact injection sites may vary depending on whether your provider uses a needle or cannula and your anatomy. The injections usually do not take longer than a half hour. After all of the necessary filler is under the skin, your provider may gently massage to help the filler settle into place.

Aftercare & Results

The instructions for caring for your smile line filler is similar to all other dermal filler treatments. Some of the common directions include:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for two to three days
  • Do not unnecessarily touch the area
  • Only massage if instructed
  • Monitor for any signs of infection
  • Keep out of warm and/or wet environments
  • Do not apply any abrasive skincare for at least a few days
  • Stay out of the sun

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s The Best Filler For Smile Lines?

There are multiple fillers FDA approved to correct the smile lines. Each has a unique texture and viscosity. Your provider can help you discuss the right filler for you. A few examples of fillers often used in the smile lines include:

  • Juvederm Ultra
  • Restylane L
  • Juvederm Vollure
  • Restylane Lyft
  • Sculptra
  • Restylane Refyne/Defyne
  • Radiesse

Other fillers can be used off-label in the nasolabial folds. However, since there are many fillers approved for use in the smile lines, off-label use for this area is often not necessary.

Is The Needle Or Cannula Technique Better?

Since the nasolabial area is highly vascularized, many patients and providers prefer to use a blunt cannula in this area. This prevents the risk of blood vessel occlusion and reduces trauma. However, with an experienced provider, using a needle is still perfectly safe and effective. Ultimately, it comes down to patient preference, provider recommendation, and medical history.

How Long Does Filler Last In The Smile Lines?

The longevity of smile line filler largely depends on the type of filler used. Hyaluronic acid fillers usually last around six to twelve months in the smile lines. Though, if you frequently use your mouth or surrounding muscles, it may not last as long. For example, musicians may find that their filler does not last as long. Environmental factors, the patient’s biology, and metabolism can all also impact how long the filler lasts.

What Happens When Fillers Wear Off?

When fillers dissolve completely, your skin and face will simply return to normal. Many patients worry that filler will impact the look of their face permanently. However, with the exception of some semi-permanent filler, fillers should not impact the look of your face permanently.

How Much Are Smile Line Fillers?

The exact cost of nasolabial fold filler will depend on the type of filler you choose and the number of syringes needed. Your provider will offer a more personalized price upon consultation. To get an idea of how much Sarasota smile line fillers would be, view our price list.

The Best Smile Line Filler In Sarasota

Sarasota Surgical Arts is a high-end cosmetic surgery practice located in Sarasota, FL. Offering both surgical and non-surgical procedures, they are a top destination for cosmetic injectables and skincare. Easily accessible from all major areas of Sarasota and surrounding communities, Sarasota Surgical Arts serves your aesthetic needs. 

Dr. Alberico Sessa is an accomplished cosmetic surgeon and injector. He has over a decade of experience in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures. Working with his talented and dedicated team, Dr. Sessa provides the best smile line filler Sarasota offers.

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 941-923-1736. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, and Price Simulator.

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