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Nasolabial fold – Smile Lines treatment

Nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines or laugh lines begin at the area of the nose and end at the corner of the mouth. This region is also called perinosal triangle. Those wrinkles can be connected with the dimples and mouth wrinkles up to the lower jaw, and they might appear in young days.

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Are nasolabial folds normal? What causes nasolabial folds?  How to get rid of these laugh lines? Which nasolabial folds treatments have proved to be effective? Find the answers to all these questions in the following paragraphs of our article.

Are nasolabial folds normal?

Nasolabial folds are just a normal part of the human body. Only the newborns and people who had suffered some kind of facial paralysis don’t have them. That’s why they don’t represent any medical condition, and they don’t appear as a sign of aging.

However, over the years, the nasolabial folds become more noticeable. When some people develop lines next to these so-called smile lines, that can represent a certain aesthetic problem.

What causes smile lines?

A lot of different factors influence the appearance of the nasolabial fold. The most common factors are the following ones:

  • Genetics
  • Skin quality
  • Sun exposure
  • Face expression
  • Weight loss
  • Smoking
  • Loss of collagen with age, etc.

Smiling is good, but unfortunately, it can contribute to the appearance of the nasolabial folds. As you can see, these smile lines are called folds, not wrinkles because that’s not what they are. They are just folds of skin that can get worse due to the factors mentioned above.

Nasolabial folds treatment

Like we have already said, smile lines only represent a cosmetic issue. They are not a sign of any medical condition, and therefore medical treatment is not necessarily required. If you decide to reduce their appearance or eliminate them, you’ll be able to find different treatment options.

According to some opinions, dermal fillers have proved to be the most effective. The dermal fillers apply in the nasolabial fold or upper cheek area, making the laugh lines less visible.  The whole procedure can be done in just a few minutes, and it takes place at the doctor’s office. If we take into account the fact that the essential cause for the nasolabial fold is the stretching of the middle-face, we can see why the boosting of the middle-face with solid hyaluronic acid seems to be the best option.

Keep in mind that the dermal fillers can’t make the laugh lines completely disappear. Either way, they can make them less prominent and help your skin look fuller and younger.

Side effects

Using hyaluronic acid as a facial filler might have some side effects that appear around the treated area, but they usually disappear in a few days. The side effects include:

  • Redness
  • Bruises
  • Swelling
  • Rush
  • Itching

These are the common side effects that you shouldn’t be worried about. However, if some rare side effects such as infection or some kind of injury appear, make sure to revisit your doctor.

FAQ

How long do fillers last in nasolabial folds?

The latest injectables are designed to last longer and provide you more natural-looking results. Just one injectable filler is capable of making your skin look smoother, fresher and plumper. These beneficial effects obtained with one injection could last for several months or even longer.

A single visit to the healthcare professionals can restore your skin. Usually, the results last from three to six months. However, keep in mind that everything depends on lots of factors and it’s totally individual.

Which filler is best for nasolabial folds?

The choice of right filler is something you should discuss with your specialist. Don’t hesitate to get a little help when deciding which filler is best for you. Usually, fillers with hyaluronic acid are favorites since hyaluronic acid is naturally found in human’s skin.

Once injected this type of filler brings immediate results, but what’s even more important, it can stimulate your body’s natural production of the substance. That’s what brings even longer-lasting results and what makes this type of filler extremely popular.

Does nasolabial folds treatment hurt?

First of all, the level of pain is related to facial anatomy. Nasolabial folds are areas that have a higher number of nerves compared to some other areas of the face. That’s why these areas are more sensitive than cheeks for example.

However, according to many patients’ feedback, this kind of treatment is pretty comfortable. The needle used for the injection is small and it doesn’t cause any visible trauma nor bleeding. It’s perfectly normal to have the sensation of tightness after the treatment.

Will my problem with nasolabial folds be completely gone after the treatment?

Nasolabial folds don’t necessarily have to be treated since they are just a simple aesthetic and not a health problem. In case you find your nasolabial folds pretty pronounced and you decide to get rid of them, you should know one thing.

There are various non-surgical methods, including dermal fillers, but all of these methods can only make nasolabial folds less noticeable. They aren’t capable of completely eliminating them.

How long is the recovery period after nasolabial folds treatment?

After a nasolabial folds treatment with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, you can easily return to your daily activities since there’s minimal recovery period needed. Short recovery period and immediate results are what make these fillers so popular. Because of their simplicity, these kinds of procedures can even be done during a lunchtime break.

Are there any side effects of nasolabial folds treatment?

Like we have said above, some patients get the treatment during their lunchtime break. Basically, after a 10-minutes procedure, you are all set and you are able to seamlessly continue with everything you’ve planned.

However, keep in mind that even when done the procedure is done appropriately, some minimal side effects may occur. The most common ones are swelling and redness. Bruising might appear if you’ve been taking blood thinners or some supplements such as fish oil pills for example.

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