‘Nasolabial folds’ is the technical name of the common facial features called as ‘smile lines’ or laugh lines. The nasolabial skin folds run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. The Buccal fact pad is supported by the facial structures – these also define nasolabial folds that separate the cheek from the upper lip.
The nasolabial folds are called as laugh lines because while we are younger, they appear when our mouths stretch into big smiles or laughs. Once the mouth gets back to the original position, the nasolabial folds are not as prominent. But as we grow older, the lines become permanent, even when the lips are not stretched, giving the face and old, saggy look.
One of the primary causal factors of nasolabial folds are sun damage, like for every other wrinkle type. Excessive sun exposure during youth and lack of proper care is one of the primary causes of loss in volume. Smoking, an action that requires frequent pursing of lips is another culprit. The loss of underlying collagen and fat in the facial skin causes nasolabial folds. The lifestyle changes are the main culprits in the increasing cases of nasolabial folds and wrinkles even in young people.
There are a few successful treatment options for nasolabial folds that come under the ‘cosmetic treatments’ classification because nasolabial folds are not exactly health hazards or trauma symptoms, but are one of the most common sought after cosmetic surgery options for facial development.
The treatment options for nasolabial folds are:
Cosmetic surgery – Cosmetic surgery remains one of the most effective, long lasting treatment methods for nasolabial folds. There are three major types of surgical correction for this
- If the cheeks are sagging along with the folds, a facelift surgery that lifts the nasolabial folds and the drooping cheeks is the best option. Facelift surgeries often remove wrinkles in and around the area and are very useful to reduce skin sagging.
- A cheek implant is anothertreatment It softens the upper part of the nasolabial folds (the cheek area) and gives more volume and clear definition to the face. As lack of volume is one of the primary causes of nasolabial folds, this method successfully removes that and also offers some options for facial contouring overall.
- For cases of extreme and deep nasolabial folds, a nasolabial fold excision is the besttreatment In this method that focuses precisely on this problem alone, the nasolabial folds are surgically removed and the area is sutured after that.
Dermal fillers – This is a unique treatment method, where they use dermal injectables (many options of which are commercially available) and inject it around the folds. Dermal fillers can be used to lift or treat the nasolabial folds and make the area look smoother and younger. Dermal fillers effectively create lesser demarcation between the cheeks and the upper lip.
Botox treatment – Botox, or Botolinum Toxin is one of the miracle drugs for various types of cosmetic procedures. It has been proven effective in various ways. In the procedure, a minute quantity of Botulinum Toxin is injected into the specific muscles under the nasolabial folds. This method works by paralysing the muscle, relaxing it and reducing the intensity of the wrinkle.
Chemical peels – One of the most miraculous things about the skin are its many layers. The chemical peel treatment removes the outer layer of the skin revealing the younger inner layers that have not been damaged by the sun exposure and other causes. The underlying layers are more elastic and supple, making the skin look younger. This treatment effectively removes nasolabial folds that are not layers deep.
Of all the facial cosmetic procedures, wrinkles and folds are the primary problems for which treatments are sought. Nasolabial folds might make a person look older and tired but with the advancing medical sciences, many cosmetic procedures are available for curing them and completely restore vitality to the face.
Removal of Nasolabial folds is yet another medical way to enhance beauty. A specialist in the field is Dr. Debraj Shome, who is a trained plastic surgeon who has successfully performed many Nasolabial folds treatment and transformed lives of many thousands of patients who prefer him for his excellent treatment methods.
Getting nasolabial folds treatment
If you are looking for nasolabial folds treatment, then choosing between two methods is your best recourse. For nasolabial folds treatment, using filler injections is most common. Getting filler injections will cause an easy solution to the nasolabial folds treatment problem.
Another way for nasolabial folds treatment to be done is cheek augmentation. Nasolabial folds treatment with this method also works.
To know what works best for your nasolabial folds treatment, talk to your doctor today. No matter what condition you are suffering for, the earliest you go visit a doctor to get it treated, the better it will be for you.
Dr. Debraj Shome is co founder of The Esthetic Clinics ®, a chain of cosmetic centers located in Mumbai, India.