Nasolabial folds are the two folds of skin that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth. They are natural facial contours which are commonly known as smile lines or laughter lines. They can either be reliably fine, maybe just a fine wrinkle or become a deep fold, to the point that the skin above looks to hang over it.

These facial lines are part of our normal anatomy and they can develop at any age and in fact, many of us grow up with a slight hint of laugh lines, but with time as we grow older, the fold can seem deem as our skin loses volume. As we age we lose the elasticity in the skin, and our physical muscles weaken, making this area one of the first places to sag.

Facial expressions are a huge part of our life, and the more mobile the expressions we use when we talk, smile or laugh, the greater chance that deeper laugh lines will develop at a younger age. People often feel that laugh lines give their face a fatigued or drawn appearance but when these lines become more pronounced, this is when they become a problem for some people. Nasolabial folds can become more prominent in people as early as their 20's.

There are several ways of reducing nasolabial folds, from topical treatments, to more invasive courses of action.

Creams and Serums

Using topical creams and serums may only be a short-term solution. Most of these creams contain ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid which improves the way the skin retains moisture, tretinoin which slows the breakdown of collagen and exfoliants, which help remove dead skin cells.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is an expensive but long-term solution for reducing nasolabial folds. It's an invasive surgical procedure and it's not a decision to take lightly. A facelift can reduce laugh lines, as the tightening of the skin makes the folds more shallow and less noticeable.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers offer the most effective non-surgical method for treating these lines. Non-permanent dermal fillers present a non-invasive and cost-effective means of treatment.

Losing weight can exacerbate nasolabial folds, as the visible lines around the mouth tend to show up more on thinner people. Dermal fillers can successfully put volume back into areas that have lost volume, most often as a result of aging, and this will significantly reduce or remove nasolabial folds, which can cause a face look older and more tired.

Dermal filler injections lift and treat the nasolabial folds, which occurs as we age, causing loss of volume loss in the cheek area and giving a fatigued or drawn appearance in the face.

Some recommended dermal fillers are:

  • Restylane range
  • Radiesse
  • Juvederm Ultra

The treatment take usually takes 30 – 45 minutes and a local anaesthetic injection is usually given to minimize any potential discomfort. Correction or softening of these folds gives you a youthful fresher look and the results achieved by using dermal fillers for treating the nasolabial folds are stunning and natural looking. Reduction of the nasolabial folds is one of the most commonly performed dermal filler treatments.