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 created by the loss of volume, 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, leaving you with a smoother, refreshed-looking appearance.
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:
Dermal fillers can provide a fast and noticeable improvement to the nasolabial folds without the need for downtime.
The entire procedure typically lasts 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 and bruising subside.
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
The nasolabial folds can be treated with injections of a dermal filler that contains a substance that is naturally produced in the body. Several types of injectable filler products are commonly 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 in-clinic 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 cheeks and mid-face. These injections increase the volume of the skin, reducing and softening the appearance of the nasolabial fold lines.
After receiving the treatment injections, clients can leave the clinic and can return to work immediately, 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.
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 undergo regular treatments to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Most clients are happy with their results after a single cosmetic treatment. 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.
The body will gradually absorb the dermal filler product over time, 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.
Do Nasolabial Fold Dermal 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.
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 to 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.
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.
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 loss 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 your 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. To reduce the likelihood of this side effect, avoid rubbing or touching your face for a few days following nasolabial fold injections.
Rough Costs Involved
Treating nasolabial folds starts at $480. 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.