Nasolabial folds are the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth. As we age we lose volume in the cheeks and this allows the cheeks to sag and emphasise the appearance of the nasolabial folds.
There are two main ways in which nasolabial folds can be treated. If nasolabial folds have formed due to sagging of the cheeks then adding volume to the cheek area with dermal filler can lift the cheeks and soften the nasolabial folds. This is normally a better option in patients aged 40 and over. Have a look yourself in the mirror – do your nasolabial folds reduce in appearance by lifting the cheeks? If so then cheek filler may be a good option.
The second way of treating nasolabial folds is to place small amounts of dermal filler directly into the fold. This is often a better option in patients under 40 where loss of cheek volume is less of a problem. This technique has been used in the patient below who is in his mid-30s.
Before having injections at Sixth Sense Beauty Clinic you should have good health and not smoke. You may not be a suitable candidate for fillers if you suffer with:
- Blood-clotting problems
- An infection such as oral herpes
- Pregnant or breast feeding
- Those with severe allergies may not be suitable candidate for injections
A history of cold sores, allergies, or reaction to lidocaine is important information for injector. They should also be aware of any medications you presently take, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal supplements.
We generally use 1.0ml dermal filler to treat nasolabial folds. If we are treating nasolabial folds by replacing cheek volume then we may use 1.0ml – 2.0ml + to treat cheek volume to provide the lift needed to reduce the lines.
We can use numbing gel prior to treatment but as a general rule nasolabial fold dermal filler is one of the least painful areas to have treated. We use very small needles to inject the area.
As a general rule there is minimal bruising risk when treating nasolabial folds. You could have the treatment and easily go to work the next day.
You can see the results of the treatment immediately, with further improvement over the next few days as the filler drags in water and lifts more.
- 1 ml – €300