What are nasolabial folds?

Nasolabial folds are the deep wrinkles or lines that form from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth. While they’re extremely common, their severity can vary.


How are nasolabial folds treated?

Fillers are most often the first step toward reducing nasolabial folds. Fillers will be injected  into the fold of nasolabial. This adds volume to the area and lifts the skin. What type of filler and how much is used depends on the severity of the fold. The most common fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a natural building block of skin, and calcium hydroxylapatite, typically found in bones. Both have been shown to help stimulate the growth of collagen in addition to plumping the skin.

Fillers are easily injected in the office and require little to no recovery time. Some people experience slight bruising, but makeup can be worn immediately after treatment.

However, fillers are a short-term solution. They last 6 months to 1 year, with most lasting 6 to 9 months. How long a filler lasts depends on the type of filler and how quickly your body dissolves it.

Skin tightening

If loose skin is the cause of unwanted nasolabial folds,  we also may also use a skin-tightening treatment. These can include a fractional radiofrequency device, ultrasound, or using intraoral laser to stimulate collagen,

The procedures work similarly. They damage microscopic areas of the layer of skin beneath the top layer. This stimulates collagen growth for thicker, tighter skin.