Best Nasolabial Fold Treatment

What are nasolabial folds?

The development of nasolabial folds is one of the bigger causes of an aged appearance in the face. Nasolabial folds are sometimes referred to as smile lines or laugh lines. Yet another term used is parentheses, the same term applied to the brackets used in writing. They are lines that run from each side of the nose, down to each side of the mouth. Everyone has these folds when smiling and laughing. Until a person reaches their late thirties or early forties, nasolabial folds are not an issue for the majority of people. There are factors that lead to these folds deepening into permanent lines. As the skin ages, it loses elasticity (collagen), and as the face ages, the fat on the cheeks diminishes. Both of these factors will cause lines and sagging to skin. Sun damage to the skin is also a major contributor. Genetically, some people are more likely to develop deep nasolabial folds than others. Whether or not you are considering treatment for your smile lines, one thing that all cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists will recommend is the use of a good facial moisturiser, and keeping the face shaded and protected from harmful UV rays with a hat and sun block. This will not reverse any lines already present but it will help to slow their formation down.

Non-surgical Dermal Fillers

Nasolabial folds respond really well to treatment with dermal fillers, and so many cosmetic surgeons consider them the first and best choice. Most of them will last for at least six months before needing to be repeated; they are classed as semi-permanent. There are many available to choose from, but the type of filler used will depend on just how deep the wrinkles are. Thicker products are chosen for deeper wrinkles. Although collagen fillers are available, hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popular option offered by clinics in the UK. Hyaluronic acid is way less likely than collagen to cause any allergic reaction. The filler will plump out (or fill) the lines and diminish them. Some of the most popular brands include Juvederm Ultra, Hydrafill, Radiesse and Restylane. The effects are almost immediate, and although there is usually some redness and swelling, it disappears over a few days. The costs depend on the number of treatments required, the type of filler chosen, and the clinic chosen, but prices generally start at around £150 to £200.

Corrective Surgery

This is the less popular option, although it is much longer lasting, and is used to correct a few problem areas of the face. A procedure which involves lifting the skin around the face is usually carried out, and the scars may be hidden within the mouth or hairline. A threadlift can also be opted for, which leaves no scars. This option is way more extreme, and more expensive when compared to dermal fillers.

Additional Options

There are other less invasive options available which may be worth considering if you have extreme lines that may not fully respond to dermal fillers. Chemical peels and laser treatment may be worth considering alongside fillers. A deep peel may produce amazing and long lasting results, lasting a number of years. They are quite drastic, being quite painful for several days after treatment. Lasers can also remove the top layer of skin, which removes fine lines and softens deeper ones. Healing after laser treatment may take several weeks.