Nasolabial Folds Treatment
Laughter is good medicine for the soul and body. Yet, it also can leave lines on your face in the form of nasolabial folds. Everyone has these folds, but as you age and changes take place in your skin, they may seem to become more noticeable. These smile lines can distract from an otherwise lovely appearance. If you are bothered by them, you have options for correction.
Nasolabial folds are created over time with repeated facial expressions like smiling or laughing. As you age, the collagen and elastin in your skin begin to decrease. These are two proteins that create a fibrous network in the dermis, making the skin look smooth and full. As you age, these proteins break down and are not manufactured by the body in the amounts that they previously were. Also, the face loses volume due to age-related fat reduction. As a result of these changes, nasolabial folds get deeper and can become more prominent over time. However, dermal fillers can interrupt the process.
Results of Treatment with Filler
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Restylane® and Juvederm® are used to restore volume in affected areas, make them smoother and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Additionally, these fillers can stimulate the production of collagen, which attracts more moisture to the treatment area. Skin texture and flexibility are also improved in the treatment area. The nasolabial folds will not completely disappear with treatment, but they will become considerably less noticeable.
Treating nasolabial folds with dermal fillers takes a very short period of time, and the results can be seen immediately and normally last several months. Periodic follow-up treatments help maintain that fresh, youthful look.
Mild side effects of treatment with dermal fillers include tenderness at the injection sites, some swelling, slight bruising and possible redness. These symptoms usually resolve on their own in a matter of days.
Smile lines can be a sign of a happy, well-lived life, and if they are unwanted, options are available. Contact Creative Facial Aesthetics to schedule an appointment for a consultation and more information about dermal fillers. Dr. Khosh and Michele Rivard, PA, have a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with you. They can develop an appropriate treatment plan to give you a more youthful appearance.