Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial folds, commonly known as smile lines or laugh lines, are the deep lines that extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. They become more prominent as we age and are a natural part of the facial ageing process. While nasolabial folds are a common occurrence, they can sometimes cause individuals to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available, such as dermal fillers, that can help reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds and restore a more youthful appearance.

What are Nasolabial Folds?

Nasolabial folds are the deep facial creases that run from the sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. They are formed due to a combination of factors, including the natural ageing process, loss of skin elasticity, volume loss in the cheeks, repetitive facial movements, and genetics. These folds tend to deepen over time, resulting in a more pronounced and aged appearance.

Causes of Nasolabial Folds

  1. Ageing: As we age, our skin gradually loses collagen and elastin, proteins responsible for skin elasticity. This leads to a loss of firmness and suppleness, causing wrinkles and folds to form, including nasolabial folds.
  2. Volume Loss: The gradual loss of fat and soft tissue in the cheeks can contribute to the deepening of nasolabial folds. This loss of volume can make the folds more noticeable and prominent.
  3. Facial Expressions: Repetitive facial movements, such as smiling, laughing, or frowning, can contribute to the development of nasolabial folds over time.
  4. Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing deeper nasolabial folds due to their inherited facial structure and skin characteristics.

Treating Nasolabial Folds with Dermal Fillers:

Dermal fillers are a popular and minimally invasive treatment option for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds. These fillers are gel-like substances that are injected beneath the skin to add volume, smooth out wrinkles, and restore facial contours. 

  • Consultation: The first step is to consult with Dr Bhavjit Kaur, who will assess your facial anatomy, discuss your goals, and determine the most suitable treatment plan for you.
  • Procedure: The treatment typically involves the injection of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers into the targeted areas. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps maintain skin hydration and volume. The injections are strategically placed along the nasolabial folds to fill in the depressions and restore a smoother appearance.
  • Results and Recovery: The results of dermal filler treatments for nasolabial folds are usually immediate. There may be some temporary swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection sites, but these side effects typically subside within a few days. The longevity of the results varies depending on the type of filler used, individual metabolism, and lifestyle factors.
  • Maintenance: Dermal fillers are not permanent, and the effects gradually wear off over time. Maintenance treatments may be required to sustain the desired results.

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Dr Bhavjit Kaur

Dr Bhavjit Kaur is an Aesthetic Physician, with over 27 years of clinical experience. She is a postgraduate in Pathology, Biomedical sciences, DRCOG, DFSRH and Cosmetic Medicine.

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