Ah, such good times. So many moments spent laughing and smiling at family and friends. If only those amazing memories were the sole reminders of the best experiences of our lives. Unfortunately, our skin works much like our minds, and the laugher and smiles leave lasting imprints. Nasolabial folds, also known as “laugh lines” and “smile lines,” develop as semi-curved creases that begin at the outer edge of the nose and extend downward to the corners of the mouth. Softening these localized wrinkles with dermal fillers will certainly give you, even more, reasons to smile.
What Causes Nasolabial Folds?
Genetics plays an important role in determining how your skin ages, but there are other factors that come into play as well. Sun exposure changes our skin on a genetic level, so even if you do not inherit the tendency to develop nasolabial folds, spending too much time may increase your risk. The same holds true for smoking. Tobacco contains chemicals that are linked to premature aging.
Dermal Fillers: A New Reason to Smile
Restylane® and Radiesse® are non-surgical treatments for laugh lines, and the results will have you smiling for months. Each of these products uses a different mechanism to soften nasolabial folds. Restylane® contains hyaluronic acid that works with the water in your skin to restore volume along the wrinkle line, and results last up to six months. Radiesse® contains small microspheres that stimulate collagen production. The treatment is effective for helping with more severe nasolabial folds, and the results last up to 15 months.
Will Dermal Fillers Work on All Nasolabial Folds?
No too long ago, nasolabial folds and other signs of aging could only be treated with plastic surgery, but dermal fillers give men and women more choices for their cosmetic treatments. In some cases, though, the aging process has affected several areas of the face and caused deep creases that cannot be treated with dermal fillers, and a face lift may be the best option.
Are You Ready to Treat Your Nasolabial Folds? Contact UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center.
To learn more about dermal fillers, brow lifts, tummy tucks and our other services, contact UMass Memorial Cosmetic Surgery Center today. We have six board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in anti-aging, body contouring and other aesthetic treatments for men and women. Our office is in Worcester and South Dennis, and you can contact us directly at (508) 334-5990.