Why Are My Smile Lines Getting Deeper?

The nasolabial folds, also known as smile lines, are the lines that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Nasolabial folds are a natural crease, occurring where many of the facial muscles are anchored to our facial bones. The nasolabial folds are prominently visible in babies, and tend to smooth out as we become teenagers, and again become more prominently visible as we age.

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Why Do The Nasolabial Folds Get Deeper?

The deepening of the nasolabial fold is the result of the loss of support under the skin. During the aging process, we lose tissues under our skin including bone, muscle and fat. This tissue loss results in sagging skin; the nasolabial folds are among the first places where sagging skin is visible. Common reasons why people have deeper nasolabial folds are genetic predisposition, weight loss, bone loss ,loss of teeth , and the natural loss of tissues under the skin as we age.

What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Nasolabial Folds?

Cosmetic filler injections are an effective treatment for nasolabial folds. Fillers re-support the loss of structure under the skin, smoothing the deepening nasolabial folds. Early in the aging process, the appearance of nasolabial folds is mild to moderate. During that time, we can smooth these lines simply by filling nasolabial folds alone. Fillers can actually result in long term collagen build up , referred to as biostimulation, which adds more of your own body tissue. The idea is that cosmetic fillers can actually trigger our immune system to aid in building supportive collagen structures that aid our skin beyond just filling in the skin.

However, as the aging process progresses the nasolabial folds deepen. Effective treatment requires lifting and filling adjacent areas of the face in addition to the lines themselves. For example, during Verve’s BaseLift™ procedure, dermal fillers are applied to the cheekbone area near the sides of the face, and also the underside of the jawline in addition to the nasolabial folds themselves. The result is to not only fill in the nasolabial folds but to lift the skin from the outer parts of the face to restore the overall shape and architecture.

Can I Get Nasolabial Filler Treatments In My 20s and Will That Help Prevent Them?

Some 20 year olds may choose to receive cosmetic fillers because they have a genetic predisposition, weight loss, or even loss of bone around the teeth causing the folds to be deeper.

Filler treatments beginning at the first discovery of folds can help rebuild collagen and assist in the prevention and/or the severity of future nasolabial folds. So starting early may be a tremendous boost for prevention.

Treat Your Nasolabial Folds At Verve

For over 20 years, Verve’s Medical Director, Dr. Stephen Bracci, has dedicated his practice to cosmetic injectables. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and artistry, Dr. Bracci personalizes each patient’s treatment to achieve optimal results; our patients obtain results but appear untouched with their natural beauty restored. Whether you need to treat just your nasolabial folds or opt for a BaseLift™, give us a call or book your treatment or free consultation online and discover the advanced injector difference.

View before and after photos of real patients treated for their nasolabial folds by Dr. Stephen Bracci

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