The nasolabial fold is the deep crease running from either side of the nose down towards the corners of the mouth. 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.
The nasolabial folds are also known as ‘smile lines’ or ‘laugh lines’. These folds of skin running from each corner of the nose to the mouth support the buccal fat pad. If a nasolabial fold grows too deep over time, the face can begin to look tired. Deepening of the nasolabial folds happens when subcutaneous fat tissue begins to sag down from the cheekbone. This is essentially additional volume in the cheek beginning to hang down over the nasolabial folds, which cause the fold itself to deepen.
This treatment involves the injection of dermal filler to plump up and fill the lines or folds. This treatment is very effective for static lines and folds around the lips, cheeks, nose to mouth folds, marionette lines and mouth corner lifting.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does this treatment work?
Nasolabial folds are caused by a loss of volume in the mid regions of the face, this causes our cheeks to sag down which in turn creates a fold. We treat this area in two ways, often by creating a lift in the cheekbone which ‘pulls’ the fold upward. We will often combine this with injecting filler directly into the nasolabial fold to smooth out the crease. We may use a combination of needles and cannula for the best results.
Who is this treatment good for?
This treatment is suitable for all ages and anyone looking to lift the mid region of the face or decrease the appearence of nasolabial folds.
What filler is used?
We use a range of fillers at the clinic including Juvederm, Teoxane, Restylane and Revolax, your practitioner will discuss the benefits of each and which would be best for your treatment and desired effect.
Will I see the results straight away?
The results will be visible after the treatment however it does take up to two weeks for the final result to show.
Does it hurt?
This area is not terribly sensitive, we use a good topical anaesthetic and our fillers all contain anaesthetic which will keep you comfortable during the treatment.
How will I look afterwards?
As with any injectable, there is a risk of swelling and some bruising (particularly the first 48 hours).
How long does the dermal filler last?
This treatment can last anywhere between 12 – 18 months, however it does vary from person to person. Top ups may be required before then and we are more than happy to advise you on this.
What happens during the treatment?
Before each treatment, an analysis will be carried out to determine the ageing characteristics of your face. During the treatment, measured injections of the filler will be placed into crucial areas to lift and support the nasolabial folds.
Topical numbing cream can be applied should you feel you need it. The hyaluronic acid filler that’s injected will immediately restore and rejuvenate the skin, helping the contours and volume to return as it once was. Treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.