Nasolabial folds are common struggles that form besides your inner cheek. They extend from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth.
Everyone has these wrinkles to a certain extent, but they get deeper with age.
There are many types of wrinkle therapies, but fillers are the first line of treatment recommended by dermatologists.
Treatment for nasolabial folds
Dermal fillers are injectable compounds used in the treatment of facial wrinkles. They work by “filling” a part of the skin so that fine lines and deep wrinkles look smoother.
All types of fillers help stimulate collagen, a protein that accumulates in the skin and naturally lose with age.
The most common types of fillers for nasolabial folds contain hyaluronic acid. This clear substance is naturally produced in the skin and helps to strengthen and hydrate.
The following hyaluronic acid fillers have been approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds:
After the dermatologist helps you determine the best type of filler, he will inject it directly into the spots along your nasolabial folds. Your body will eventually dissolve it. The effect of the injections lasts between 6 and 18 months.
Advantages of using fillers for nasolabial folds:
- Increased collagen in the skin, which helps filling the target area
- Increased volume around the mouth
- “Lifting” of the skin
- The appearance of smooth and soft skin
- Minimal side effects
- Results visible immediately
- Possibility to wear makeup after treatment.
Risks of filling nasolabial folds and potential side effects
Dermatologists usually recommend fillers for nasolabial folds instead of major surgeries because this treatment option rarely poses a risk of infections, bleeding and other side effects that surgeries can cause.
However, it is still important to know that dermal fillers can cause minor side effects. They usually disappear within a few days:
- Bruising at the injection site
- Skin rash
Rare side effects include:
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Acne-like lesions
Other treatments for nasolabial folds:
Dermal fillers are non-invasive options for treating deep wrinkles. If fillers do not help you achieve the results you are looking for, there are other more invasive ways you can help soften nasolabial folds:
- Recurrence of the skin. This procedure uses targeted laser treatments to remove skin cells.
- Dermabrasion involves removing upper layer of skin to create a smoother appereance.
- Skin tightening treatments. Treatments such as radiofrequency and ultrasound therapies can help stimulate collagen production.
- Operations such as lifting the cheeks or completely tightening the face help you tighten the skin and remove excess skin.