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Nasolabial Folds

The nasolabial fold is the deep crease running from either side of the nose down towards the corners of the mouth. Also known as a “smile line,” this crease is caused by volume loss, ageing of the skin, and repeated movement of the mouth. 

While it is attractive to have a little fold here, a deep fold can make you look older than you truly are.

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Treating Nasolabial Folds

This crease becomes more noticeable as part of the natural ageing process. 

Fat is lost from the cheeks, reducing skin volume and making this fold appear deeper. Repeated smiling or having a “big smile” may result in permanent, deep creases in this area. Even after you’re no longer smiling, the line remains.

Deep nasolabial folds can be corrected through injections of dermal filler into the surrounding area, restoring the lost volume and softening the appearance of these creases. The goal of nasolabial fold injections is to even out the skin volume, making the area look smoother and more youthful.

 

Benefits of Nasolabial Fold Treatment with Dermal Fillers

Medical professionals usually recommend dermal fillers for nasolabial folds as an alternative to surgery. A non-invasive nasolabial fold treatment offers several benefits over a surgical procedure, including:

Minimal Risk

Dermal fillers can provide a fast and noticeable improvement to the nasolabial folds without the need for downtime. 

Instant Results

The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour. You will see some improvement to the nasolabial folds immediately, and results will improve over the next few days as any swelling subsides.

No Downtime

Side effects of dermal fillers are minimal. You may experience mild swelling and redness around the injection sites, but this typically lasts less than 48 hours and can be concealed with makeup. 

Boost Collagen Production

The nasolabial fold treatment will boost collagen production to plump up and rejuvenate the treated area. Collagen is one of the essential proteins for younger-looking, healthier skin. 

Who is suitable to have this treatment?

If you are concerned about the appearance of your smile lines, this treatment may be right for you. People who are more mature or who are slim tend to have more pronounced nasolabial folds. Genetics also plays a role in the appearance of this area of your face. A nasolabial fold treatment can be performed on most adults, men, or women in good general health.

What to Expect Nasolabial Fold Injections

The nasolabial fold can be treated with injections of a dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced in the body. Several types of injectable filler products can be used to restore volume in this area. 

Fillers come in a few different types; permanent, semi-permanent and non-permanent. 

By far, the most common is non-permanent because its effects are temporary and can be easily reversed. Permanent filler can only be removed surgically. 

Each filler differs in the exact manner in which it builds up volume under the skin and the length of time it remains in the face.

Your practitioner will recommend the type and brand of filler that’s best for you.

This treatment takes less than an hour to perform. First, your trained clinician may apply a topical anaesthetic cream, or it may be included with the filler material when injected. 

Dermal filler injections are then delivered through a thin needle or cannula into specified areas in the lower cheek area. These injections increase the volume of the skin, reducing and softening the appearance of the nasolabial fold lines.

Clients can immediately leave the clinic after the dermal filler injections and return to work and social activities, making this a popular “lunchtime” rejuvenation treatment. 

The results are visible immediately, with additional improvements in skin volume becoming noticeable in the week following the injections.

What Causes Nasolabial Folds?

Nasolabial folds form as part of the natural ageing process. As the body ages, we lose bone mass, and the fat cells in the face begin to drop down. 

When combined with a reduction in collagen and elastin production, lost volume causes nasolabial folds to form. 

Certain lifestyle choices can cause nasolabial folds to form prematurely. 

Smoking and overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can break down collagen and elastin fibres, resulting in more noticeable nasolabial folds. 

 

How Do Nasolabial Fold Fillers Work?

The nasolabial folds can be treated with injections of dermal filler. The hyaluronic acid in the filler product attracts and retains water to plump the skin from within, restoring volume lost due to ageing. The filler product softens creases, creating a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Will I Need To Attend a Consultation?

You will need to attend a free consultation at b clinic before your nasolabial fold filler treatment. Your clinician will examine your skin and the lower cheek area to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. They will also ask questions about your medical history and your expected treatment outcomes. 

The consultation is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you have about the procedure. 

What To Expect After Nasolabial Fold Filler Treatment?

Dermal fillers provide immediate results. You will be able to see noticeable improvement after the injections and before you leave the clinic. For the first few days following treatment, you may experience mild swelling and redness around the injection sites.

Over the next 14 days, the filler product will settle, and you will be able to see the full results of the treatment. 

Do Nasolabial Fold Filler Injections Hurt?

A topical anaesthetic may be applied to numb the area and minimise discomfort before the dermal filler injection. Alternatively, we may include the anaesthetic with the dermal filler product during the injection. 

Most clients find a nasolabial folds treatment relatively painless. You may experience a feeling of pressure as the filler is applied and mild discomfort around the injection sites for a few hours post-treatment. 

How Long Will Results Last After a Nasolabial Fold Treatment?

The effects of this treatment with non-permanent filler generally last 6-8 months. Over time, the body gradually absorbs the injected material, causing the nasolabial folds to deepen again. Many clients return to the clinic for regular treatments to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.

Do Nasolabial Fold Dermal Filler Results Look Natural?

During your free consultation at b clinic, your practitioner will assess your facial profile to see if nasolabial fold filler is the best option for treating the volume loss in your lower face. It’s important to choose a reputable clinic with experienced practitioners as using too much filler product in this area can alter your smile and facial expressions. 

When performed by a trained clinician, dermal fillers provide a natural-looking enhancement. You’ll look younger and more refreshed. 

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

Most clients are happy with their results after a single cosmetic procedures. We recommend that clients wait until any swelling or any possible bruising has subsided and the dermal fillers have had time to settle before attending a post-treatment consultation. 

If required, we can apply a second application of dermal filler to achieve your desired results. 

Over time, the body will gradually absorb the dermal filler product, causing the nasolabial folds to return to how they looked pre-treatment. Many clients return to the clinic every 6-8 months for a top-up dermal filler treatment to maintain their smoother skin and younger-looking appearance.

Can Losing Weight Get Rid of Nasolabial Folds?

Unfortunately, nasolabial folds do not improve after significant weight loss. We recommend exercise and staying in good shape as part of a healthy lifestyle,  but it usually won’t help reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, marionette lines, or wrinkles.

These folds are caused by a loss of volume and a drop in the production of collagen. Dermal filler helps to restore lost volume and soften nasolabial folds to achieve a more youthful appearance. 

Does Smiling Cause Nasolabial Folds?

Smiling and other repetitive muscle movements can impact your facial features, but this is generally a secondary cause of nasolabial folds. The loss of bone mass and volume in the face is a natural part of the ageing process that causes nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and other facial folds to form. Several factors can make you more prone to these facial lines, including genetics, sun-damaged skin, and lifestyle choices.

Possible Risks and Complications

Following nasolabial fold injections, it is common for the treated area to be red, sore, tender, or slightly swollen. These effects usually dissipate within two days of the injections and can be hidden with makeup. Less commonly, bruises may appear.

Serious side effects such as infection and allergic reactions, though rare, are possible with a nasolabial folds treatment. The injected filler can also migrate away from the injection site, forming lumps underneath the skin. 

Often, these bumps can be gently massaged to smooth the appearance of the skin. In some cases, the lumps last until the body reabsorbs the dermal filler. Avoid rubbing or touching your face for a few days following nasolabial fold injections to reduce the likelihood of this side effect

How Much Does Nasolabial Fold Filler Cost?

Treating nasolabial folds starts at $550. Additional injections may be needed for those with particularly deep nasolabial fold lines. 

During your free consultation visit, you will receive a personalised quote that takes into account your specific goals and concerns. Book your free consultation visit today.