Most natural looking fillers for glabellar lines?

I'm a 37 year old mother of two, what some people might refer to as a "soccer mom". Which is fine with me because that's what I am anyway, both my boys really do play soccer, after all, and the last time I checked I was still their mother. But that's all beside the point. The reason I'm contacting you is because I've started developing glabellar lines and am thinking about visiting a cosmetic surgeon to do something about it, which I'm assuming will involve a filler. While I hate having these lines on my face, having one of those fake mega-Botox faces like Joan Rivers or Sylvester Stallone would be that much worse. So I'm wondering if any one filler is more natural looking than another, or are they all pretty much the same thing? Or for that matter, is there another way to remove glabellar lines that doesn't involve filler in the first place?


F, 40, Nebraska

The formation of a deep line between the brow and eyes is a common concern. This area is called the glabellum. Glabellar lines are caused by muscles and are typically treated with Botox® which will allow the muscles to relax and the deep lines to vanish. Fillers can fill in the lines, but they aren't able to treat the cause of the lines, which is the contacting of the glabellum muscle group. 

If you desire the most natural-looking approach, you should consult with a cosmetic doctor to determine if you would get the results that you want with a soft filler such as Juvederm® or if Botox® is the way to go. Also, the progression of cosmetic non-surgical treatments has come very far in the last 10 years. You can confidently achieve far better results with today's outstanding treatment options than Joan Rivers received.

Without being a medical professional but after just doing a bit of research, it does look like this is something that can happen. It appears to very rare, but I guess it's all about how important the procedure is to you. I do not think there is much risk, but of course I would be wary. I know a lot of people who have had the fillers with few to no side effects. Definitely talk to a doctor to ease those fears before you have it done though!

Honestly, I don't think you have to worry much about having one of those "fake" faces. Those come with much more than simply filling in some lines, at least in my experience. My friends who have had Botox have looked fantastic after the procedure, and I could not even tell that they had anything done. You might be surprised at how natural some of the injections can actually look.