Nasolabial folds run from the corner of the nose to the outer corner of the mouth, and occur on either side of the face. They commonly become more prominent as we age, resulting from a loss of facial fat, volume loss, loss of skin elasticity, and the effects of gravity.
Nasolabial folds can be graded on a spectrum of severity, from very minor, shallow indentation, to severe long deep nasolabial folds. With mild to moderately severe nasolabial folds, dermal fillers would be expected to make a significant improvement in the appearance of the folds. With very severe nasolabial folds, surgical correction may be warranted.
It is often necessary to restore and replace volume that has been lost in the cheeks or midface to improve the appearance of nasolabial folds. As we age, the midface starts to lose subcutaneous fat and volume, and through the effects of gravity, will lead to the creation of nasolabial folds. Rather than injecting straight into nasolabial folds, it is often more prudent to correct the loss of cheek volume with the use of dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are an injectable biocompatible gel made from a complex polysaccharide called Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic meaning that it attracts and holds large quantities of water. When injected as a dermal filler it restores fullness, volume, hydration and suppleness into the treated areas. Given these dermal fillers are derived from a component found naturally within our own skin, they have an extremely low risk of allergic reaction.
When correcting nasolabial folds you need to see a specialist who will be able to expertly assess your face as a whole, and then tailor a treatment plan that best addresses your facial concerns. With nasolabial folds, it may require treating more than just the fold. Also it is important to recognise that there is a limitation to use of dermal fillers, and in some extreme cases, surgical treatments may be the only option.
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