Best Treatments for Nasolabial Folds
Nasolabial folds are lines found on both sides of the mouth that become more noticeable when a person laughs or smiles.
They are normal, and everyone has them. However, they can become more pronounced with age as the skin becomes thinner and starts to sag.
Fortunately, if you’re unhappy with the way your nasolabial folds look, there are a number of treatment options available.
Below, Dr. Joshua Greenwald shares what you can do to treat your nasolabial folds and create a more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers are a popular, non-surgical means of plumping the skin to make nasolabial folds less noticeable.
A skilled provider injects the soft tissue fillers just beneath the skin’s surface, causing the skin to appear fuller and younger-looking.
Fillers eventually get absorbed by the body so they last only temporarily (four months to a year), but they are easy, quick, and safe to get. Popular filler options include Juvederm, Perlane, Bellafill, and Sculptra.
Skin resurfacing treatments are a way to offset nasolabial folds by improving the tone and texture of the skin surrounding the folds.
Skin resurfacing options include microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing. Microdermabrasion rejuvenates the skin through deep exfoliation while laser skin resurfacing uses pulsating, concentrated light beams to remove skin that’s damaged.
Patients with very deep or prominent nasolabial folds may require surgical correction with facelift. The procedure lifts and tightens the tissues in the lower face and neck, and tightens loose, sagging skin. Although the procedure isn’t intended specifically for nasolabial folds, tightening loose skin can help make them less noticeable.
Having a facelift just to correct nasolabial folds isn’t recommended as the procedure involves significant downtime and some risk. Patients who are concerned about nasolabial folds coupled with loose, sagging skin and tissues in the lower face and neck (including jowls) could benefit from facelift and should discuss this option with a board-certified plastic surgeon.