How Do Nasolabial Folds Form and How Can I Reduce Their Appearance?

Published on May 18, 2017
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The nasolabial folds, commonly referred to as laugh lines or smile lines, are facial skin folds that extend from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. The nasolabial folds are a common feature of the face. They can become a noticeable aesthetic issue when factors like aging, gravity, and sun damage cause the nasolabial folds to become more prominent.

One of the main factors that can cause the formation of noticeable nasolabial folds is volume loss in the mid-face. Our cheeks need a certain amount of volume so that our faces look plump and have attractive contours.

Our bodies naturally produce a substance known as hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep our skin hydrated and maintains its plump appearance. As we age, our skin is not able to produce the same amount of hyaluronic acid, so it will then slowly begin to lose moisture and volume. This can cause the nasolabial folds to grow in depth and length, resulting in harsh folds that rob your face of its youthful and natural beauty.

The best treatment for reducing the appearance of the nasolabial folds is facial volume restoration using facial fillers. These facial fillers are usually a purified form of hyaluronic acid and are capable of providing your skin with the essential materials it needs to stay healthy, strong, and plump.

Treatment of your nasolabial folds with facial fillers will first involve a thorough examination to determine the extent of the issue. This is important because the facial fillers will vary in consistency and will thus produce different results. Deeper, more prominent folds will require a filler with a thick formula, while moderate volume loss can be easily addressed with filler like Juvederm or Restylane.

If you are bothered by the noticeable nasolabial folds on your face, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Laquis specializes in the use of facial fillers and can deliver exceptional results that are natural-looking and long-lasting.

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