What are nasolabial folds?
Nasolabial folds are the deep skin fold creases that run from the sides of your nose to the corners of your mouth. Also known as smile or laugh lines, they are most visible when you smile or laugh, which is where the more descriptive labels come from. Most commonly caused by the repetition of facial movements, everyone has these wrinkles and creases. These folds often become more prominent in the early 20s and their appearance is inevitable. However there are steps you can take to potentially prevent, delay or reduce them. These steps include limiting your sun exposure and refraining from smoking. When someone smokes, they purse their lips, which leads to mouth wrinkles. The chemicals in cigarettes can also accelerate the aging process by as much as 20%.
What causes nasolabial folds to form?
As with most folds and lines on the face, the main culprit is age. Over time, these folds will deepen with age because of the loss of foundation underneath the mid-face and under the eyes. As the foundation beneath the mid-face area wears away, the skin in this region, particularly the cheeks, will begin to sag downward over the nasolabial fold. This creates a shadowy effect that makes the crease more apparent. In addition to age, these folds can become more pronounced due to excessive weight loss, smoking and tooth/bone loss. Luckily, there are effective treatments that can diminish the folds, lines and wrinkles on your face.
Get treatments in Madrona, Seattle
The most common treatment for nasolabial folds is dermal filler injections. At Lifted Beauty + Wellness, we provide injectables to patients in & around Capitol Hill of Seattle. Dermal fillers can add volume to the outer cheeks and fill in the skin below the nasolabial folds. This will restore the base support of the skin and reduce the folds, lines and wrinkles in the area of your face.* To find out if dermal filler injections are right for you, use the form on our site to request a consultation or call/text us at (206) 299-1102.