Aging—it might be inevitable, but it definitely isn’t much fun to deal with. When most people think of the classic signs of aging, they think of wrinkles. But not all wrinkles are the same! Wrinkles are caused by a number of different changes in the aging face and must be treated accordingly.
There are treatments for different areas of the face and different types of wrinkles. The lines at the corners of the eyes, for instance, need very different treatments than the lines around the lips. One of the most common issues in the aging face is the nasolabial folds, which tend to be very obvious.
For some people, the nasolabial folds can create a very tired and worn appearance. You might not be entirely sure of what they are, but the nasolabial folds are an area of concern for lots of people. So what are they, and what should you do to make them less obvious?
What Are Nasolabial Folds?
Nasolabial folds are a type of fold or deep wrinkle. They run from the bottom of the nose on the left and right, along the inner cheek, and down to the lips. In youth, these creases tend to appear only when we smile. With aging, though, they become more prominent and remain even when the face is at rest.
These folds can make the face look much older, of course. But they can also affect a person’s resting expression. With age, deep nasolabial folds can make someone look tired, gaunt, angry, annoyed, or sad—even when they’re feeling neutral, happy, or well-rested. This not only affects overall appearance but can also make a poor first impression.
What Causes Them?
Everybody has nasolabial folds, but they don’t usually become prominent until age-related changes begin to occur in the face. Unlike “dynamic” wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive facial movements and usually treated with Botox, nasolabial folds are known as “static” wrinkles that are caused by changes in the skin.
Loss of volume and collagen in the skin creates deeper furrows and results in an aged appearance. Skin elasticity, firmness, and other hallmarks of youth begin to deteriorate over time, and habits like tanning and smoking can make nasolabial folds worse.
If you’re bothered by deep folds, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to live with them. Your skin may be changing, but there are simple and effective treatments for creating a more youthful appearance.
How To Fix Nasolabial Folds
The good news about nasolabial folds is that they’re usually quick and easy to treat. Most people can get great results with injectable dermal fillers. These fillers are typically made from a hyaluronic acid (HA) gel that is safe and biocompatible. The HA adds volume and creates natural-looking results that can last for months or even up to a year or more.
Some of the most popular dermal filler brands are Juvederm and Restylane. These products have a long track record of safety and offer product lines with a range of filler options, depending on the patient’s specific needs and concerns.
Dermal fillers are quick and nearly painless. An esthetician or plastic surgeon cleans the injection sites before using a fine needle to inject the gel into the nasolabial folds. The entire process usually takes no more than half an hour.
Patients will see the results immediately and can go back to their normal routines almost right away. Minor swelling and bruising may occur temporarily, but fade quickly. More serious side effects are rare, especially with an experienced injector.
When Dermal Fillers Aren’t Enough
If your nasolabial folds and other signs of aging are more advanced, then dermal fillers might not be the best option for you. Some patients can benefit from surgery instead of fillers. Procedures like a facelift offer long-lasting results and can address problems like deep folds and sagging skin.
If you need plastic surgery, it’s important to work with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. Our estheticians can help you determine the best course of treatment for you during a consultation. If they believe surgery would be a better fit, Dr. Paul Vitenas may be able to help.
About Mirror Mirror
Dr. Paul Vitenas oversees Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, a state-of-the-art medical spa in Houston, TX, offering a range of cosmetic treatments. The boutique is staffed by expert estheticians, trained in treatments like dermal filler injections, laser treatments, and other non-surgical procedures. Our experts know how to maximize results from minimally invasive procedures while reducing risks and complications.
To learn more about the treatments available or to schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment options for nasolabial folds, visit Mirror Mirror online or call our Houston, TX office at (281) 810-9083. We are currently offering virtual consultations to help you plan your new look.