What are Nasolabial Folds ?
Nasolabial folds are commonly known as smile lines or laugh lines. They are the unattractive lines that run from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth and are typically one of the first signs of aging.
Some individuals consider these facial features as a sign of maturity and distinction, while others are bothered by this visible sign of aging. Nasolabial folds are created naturally when the facial muscles are used to laugh or smile. Everyone, every age range has natural smile lines or nasolabial folds and there is no way to prevent them from occurring.
Some of the causes for nasolabial folds are that as we age the facial skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. Also with the loss of elasticity, the natural fat pad in the upper part of the cheek begins to droop as it weakens in the area of the lower eyelid intensifying nasolabial folds.
For those bothered by the appearance of nasolabial folds treatment includes:
- Facial Fillers: Injectable facial fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm will plump up furrows and wrinkles, softening the appearance of nasolabial folds filler. Facial fillers are safe and results are seen quickly. This in-office treatment, however, a temporary solution but can be safely repeated.
- Surgical Correction: Oftentimes the loss of facial skin elasticity causes people with deep nasolabial folds to have other concerning areas on their face. When this is the situation, a facelift might be the best solution. A full face lift involves the face and neck. A mini-facelift partially addresses the nasolabial folds and helps with other facial features such as the cheeks, jaw and neck. Additionally, a cheek lift addressing the cheek area and its descending fat might be the right approach. Surgical correction performed in one of these fashions is long lasting.
People with cosmetically undesirable nasolabial folds who would like to restore a youthful appearance to their face should contact Dr. Yael Halaas. Dr. Halaas is a Facial Plastic Surgeon in New York City who is highly acclaimed by her fellow professionals who cite her as one of the top 10 doctors in her field.
Dr. Halaas will discuss your desires with you in a consultation, explain your best possible options for a realistic outcome and put her experience and expertise to work for you restoring your facial features to a naturally looking, rejuvenated appearance.