Causes and treatments for Nasolabial Folds
(Nose-to-Mouth Lines)

Nasolabial Folds (Nose-to-Mouth Lines)

What are nasolabial folds?

Nasolabial folds, also known as nose-to-mouth lines, are the lines that appear on either side of the mouth, extending up to the nose. These folds are often described as brackets due to their semicircular appearance. As with most skin conditions, these folds and lines usually become more prominent as you age.

What causes nasolabial folds?

Like most wrinkles that appear across your face, nose-to-mouth lines, or nasolabial folds, are the result of many years of muscle movement and facial expression. Think about how often you move your face each day, whether you are smiling, talking, squinting or even laughing. As we make these movements, the folds in our skin become more prominent. When this is paired with the natural effects of ageing, our skin then becomes unable to bounce back to the position that it was once in.

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As we age, we are also likely to find that our nasolabial folds become more pronounced as the skin sags down and forwards. This is primarily due to bone reabsorption and fat loss in the cheeks. It is also why many aesthetics professionals suggest treating your cheeks in combination with the nasolabial folds themselves.

By the age of 25, most people have stopped producing as much collagen as they did previously, something which will only continue to slow down with age. The combination of these two things can create the perfect environment for nasolabial folds to become deeper and more noticeable than you may desire.

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Unfortunately, genetics also plays a role in the formation of nasolabial folds – therefore if a family member has deep folds in this area of their skin, it is more than likely that you will experience a similar thing. Lifestyle changes can help prevent this though – from cutting back on smoking and reducing the amount of time spent in the sun, to maintaining a healthier diet and exercise routine.

How can nasolabial folds be treated?

As mentioned above, certain lifestyle adjustments can not only prevent nasolabial folds from appearing as quickly but can also help reduce the prominence of already-formed folds. Sun damage and smoking are often the biggest culprits of the premature deepening of these folds. We would therefore recommend wearing sunscreen whenever you are exposed to the sun for an extended period of time, and making lifestyle adjustments such as reducing the amount you drink or smoke.

Due to medical advancements in aesthetics, we are now able to address the root cause of the problem by placing Dermal Fillers deep onto the zygomatic bone to gently reintroduce volume into the cheek fat pads. This helps lift the cheeks and address your nose-to-mouth lines. If you would like these lines to be softened further, then filler can be injected directly into the line after the first stage of treatment.

The most common method of treating nasolabial folds is Dermal Filler treatment, for this is safe, straightforward and extremely effective. This treatment works by injecting a filler into a specific region of your face to add volume and lift. Unlike other more traditional treatments,
the effects of Dermal Fillers can be seen almost instantly. The quantity of filler used can also be adjusted depending on the severity of the condition being treated.

Here at Appearance Based Medicine, we use Dermal Fillers that contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in your body that can help stimulate the production of collagen, something which is essential when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. Most people who opt for filler treatment find that their results last between six and twelve months.

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