Enhance Your Appearance with Treatment for Nasolabial Folds
By Sheryl Pilcher on July 08, 2016
Nasolabial folds, or “laugh lines,” are a common complaint of patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Fortunately, patients can undergo treatment for nasolabial folds to help reverse the hands of time and rejuvenate the appearance. There are many treatment options available to minimize the appearance of nasolabial folds, including facial plastic surgery. Facial plastic surgery treatments can be tailored to address the unique needs of each patient, creating a refreshed, youthful appearance. To find out if treatment for nasolabial folds is right for you, schedule a consultation with San Antonio, TX plastic surgeon Sheryl Pilcher.
What Are Nasolabial Folds?
Nasolabial folds, more commonly called “laugh lines” or “smile lines,” are the creases that extend down the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Nasolabial folds deepen with the aging process, sometimes extending below the corners of the mouth and alongside the chin.
Treatments for Nasolabial Folds
As nasolabial folds become more prominent with age, many patients become unhappy with their appearance and turn to professional treatments to reduce their appearance. There are a variety of treatment options to address deep nasolabial folds and create a smooth, more youthful appearance. Some popular treatments include:
- Mini facelift: A mini facelift may be performed to address prominent nasolabial folds. Mini facelifts target the lower portion of the face, allowing faster recovery than traditional full facelifts. During a mini facelift, small incisions are made around the ears and the skin and underlying muscles and tissues are pulled taut. Any excess tissues are removed. This helps smooth nasolabial folds for a natural, rejuvenated appearance.
- Mid facelift: A mid facelift addresses more areas of the face, including the mid and lower portions, extending from the cheekbones to the jaw. During a mid facelift, excess tissue and muscles are tightened through small incisions made near the ears, creating a more youthful appearance.
- Full facelift: Those who have nasolabial folds and experience deep creases in other areas of the face may benefit from a full facelift. Full facelifts improve the appearance of the lower, mid, and upper portions of the face, for a fully rejuvenated appearance. With a full facelift, small incisions are made along the hairline, where they will be least visible. The facial tissues are tightened and excess tissues are removed to smooth wrinkles and creases.
- Cheek implants: When paired with facelift surgery, cheek implants add volume to the cheeks, helping to further soften the appearance of nasolabial folds.
- Dermal fillers: Those looking for non-surgical options to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds may benefit from dermal fillers. Dermal fillers, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, are injectable treatments that help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles by adding volume and smoothing the tissue. Dermal fillers are popular treatments because they provide fast results with little or no recovery time.
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for nasolabial fold treatments should be in relatively good general health and wish to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds. To find out which treatment is right for your needs, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pilcher.
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