While nasolabial folds are a facial feature everyone shares, these skin folds that run from the sides of the nose to the top of the corners of the mouth and are more commonly called “laugh lines” can deepen and lengthen as you age. However, while little can be done to stop the aging process in general, there are several ways to reduce the appearance or severity of these lines. These courses of action range to topical treatments for reducing nasolabial folds, to more invasive courses of action that may require extensive recovery time. The treatment option you chose will depend on your skin care budget, tolerance for discomfort, and how much time you can devote to reducing your laugh lines. While the final treatment choice will be yours, your dermatologist can offer you a number of solutions when it comes to treating your nasolabial folds.
Topical Treatments for Nasolabial Folds
Using topical creams and serums is the least expensive and least time-consuming treatment for nasolabial folds, which also makes them highly popular among those who want to improve the appearance of their laugh lines.
Most of these creams and serums contain similar ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid to improve the way the skin retains moisture; tretinoin, which is a type of retinoid that can be found in a few prescription skin care products and slows the breakdown of collagen; and exfoliants, which help remove dead and damaged skin cells.
You may want to keep in mind, however, that these creams and serums may deliver a short-term and limited solution and may not help you meet your skin care or beauty goals effectively, in which case you may want to consider a more long-lasting solution, such as dermal fillers.
Dermal Fillers for Nasolabial Folds
There are several options for you if you’re considering using a dermal filler to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds. Some dermal fillers provide you with long-term solutions, as the results last for years on end, while others last anywhere from six to twelve months, after which the injections must be repeated.
Dermal fillers have a number of advantages, the greatest being that some options are quite affordable, especially when compared to the cost of cosmetic surgery.
The cost of temporary dermal fillers can run anywhere from $400-$500 per injection, while cosmetic surgery can cost thousands of dollars. Therefore, dermal fillers may be a viable option for reducing nasolabial folds in those who cannot afford the time it takes to recover from plastic surgery, as there is very little down time involved with these injections.
However, depending on your body’s tolerance to these injectable fillers, you may experience a number of side effects, including swelling and bruising at the injection site, changes in pigmentation, and traveling of the injected material, which may cause lumps and bumps under the skin on other areas of the face.
While cosmetic surgery is a costly but long-term solution for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, it is a decision that is not to be taken lightly. A facelift is the most common procedure for reducing laugh lines, as the tightening of the skin makes the folds shallower and less noticeable. Cheek implants will also plump the area permanently and reduce their appearance.
If you have deep nasolabial folds, then your cosmetic surgeon may recommend that they be removed completely with a face lift procedure, which requires down time.
No matter how you choose to reduce the appearance of your nasolabial folds, guidance and advice from your dermatologist will help you make the most informed decision possible.