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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Laugh Lines Are No Laughing Matter

Posted September 10, 2014 in Injectable Fillers, Juvederm

woman covering smileAlthough smile lines and laugh lines are evidence of a happy life, most would agree that laugh lines are no laughing matter. They appear most often on the outer corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds) and around the eyes (“crow’s feet”).

Injectable fillers literally fill in these unwanted wrinkles with volume to diminish their appearance and provide a more youthful look. While there are many safe and effective brands of fillers to choose from, not all of them are created equal. Here are a few of the injectable fillers Dr. Messa offers and the respective areas they treat best.


JUVÉDERM® XC is most commonly used to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth and to augment the lips. It can also be used to diminish marionette lines and lines along the tear trough. This injectable lasts longer than collagen fillers, with results lasting up to nine months. The gel consistency is said to provide a more natural appearance than collagen-based dermal fillers and other fillers that have come before it.


JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC was FDA approved in 2013 specifically for adding volume to the cheek area in patients over the age of 21. Those who have sinking and sagging cheeks can experience youthful fullness for up to two years with this hyaluronic acid filler. This filler contains lidocaine to eliminate any discomfort as it is injected into the deeper tissues above the cheekbones. Although JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC costs a bit more than its competitors, considering its longevity, the price is well worth the investment.


Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid filler that treats moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is especially effective at diminishing wrinkles around the mouth, with results lasting six months or longer. Restylane® can also be used for lip enhancement on patients over 21 years of age. It is also the treatment of choice for patients with superficial wrinkles and thin skin.

Dr. Charles Messa and his highly trained and friendly staff can provide you with the beautiful, refreshed appearance you desire. Depending on the area you wish to improve and the amount of correction necessary, Dr. Messa will help determine the best filler to meet your needs during your initial consultation. To schedule your appointment and to learn more, please call our Weston practice at (954) 659-7760 or fill out our online contact form today.

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