What Can I Do About Parentheses Lines?

Dear Dr. Brooks,
I’m in my early forties, and over the past year, I’ve noticed that I have developed lines around my mouth. I think they are called parentheses lines. What is the best treatment for this?

Dreading the Aging Process

Dear Dreading the Aging Process,
There are several different fillers available on the market, that can help “fill” your naso-labial folds (laugh lines).  The most common are hyaluronic acid based fillers (Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, Prevelle Silk, to name a few).  These products can last anywhere from 3 months-1 year.  I have used them to fill laugh lines, plump lips and to build up cheeks.  Radiesse is another filler that can fill laugh lines.  This filler is made from calcium and tends to last longer than the previously mentioned.

– Dr. Brooks