Nasolabial folds, commonly known as laugh lines, are the deep lines that appear to connect the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. They are called so because in our youth they emerge only when we are smiling or laughing. However, as we grow older, these lines may become permanent and give our face an old and unhappy look.
Nasolabial folds are caused by the loss of the underlying collagen and fat in the facial skin. This biochemical change in the texture of our skin is caused not only by ageing but also by other factors such as sun exposure, lifestyle stresses as well as habits such as smoking. Thankfully, nasolabial folds can be effectively treated using a range of safe and well-tested cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers and autologous fat injections.
Let’s consider a brief review of the options that are available for the treatment of nasolabial folds –
- Dermal fillers – A wide range of dermal injectables are available on the market. These liquid, hydrating materials can be injected under the skin of the nasolabial folds to provide it a more youthful, elastic appearance.
- Botox treatment – Botox injections involve the administration of minute quantities of botulinum toxin into the specific muscles underlying nasolabial folds. This paralyses and relaxes the muscle, reducing the intensity of the wrinkle.
- Cosmetic surgery – Cosmetic surgery in the form of a mid-cheek facelift or cheek implants can improve the definition of the cheek bones highlighting the mid-face, thereby lessening the intensity of nasolabial folds.
- Chemical peels – Chemical peel treatment of skin leads to the shedding of the outer layer of the skin revealing the younger, more elastic layers underlying the skin. This can be an effective way to deal with nasolabial folds
Nasolabial folds may make you look older, and tired but on the bright side, several cosmetic treatments can cure them effectively, returning your youth and vitality!