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.
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, who are in good general health.
What to Expect
The nasolabial folds can be treated with injections of dermal filler, which fill in the skin from the inside. Several types of injectable filler products are commonly used for 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, as well as the length of time it remain in the face.
Your practitioner will recommend the type and brand of filler that’s best for you.
This in-office treatment takes less than an hour to perform. First, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied or it may be included with the filler material when injected. Then, injections of dermal filler are delivered through a thin needle into specified areas in the cheeks and mid-face. These injections increase the volume of the skin, reducing the appearance of the nasolabial fold lines.
Patients can leave the office immediately after receiving the injections. There are no bandages needed, and patients 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.
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 patients undergo regular injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance.
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 normally dissipate within two days of the injections and can be hidden with make-up. Less commonly, bruises may appear.
Serious side effects such as infection and allergic reactions, though rare, are possible. The injected filler can also migrate away from the injection site, forming lumps underneath the skin. Often, such 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 such lumps, avoid rubbing or touching your face for a few days following nasolabial fold injections.
Rough Costs Involved
Treatment of the nasolabial folds starts at $480. This price includes 1mL of dermal filler. Additional injections may be needed for those with particularly deep fold lines. During the consultation visit, you will receive a personalised quote that takes into account your specific goals and concerns.