The nasolabial fold is the deep crease running from either side of the nose down towards the corners of the mouth. Also known as a “smile line,” this crease is created by repeated movement of the mouth. While it is attractive to have a little fold here, a deep fold can make you look older than you truly are. This crease becomes more noticeable as part of the natural ageing process. Fat is lost from the cheeks, reducing skin volume and making this fold appear deeper. Repeated smiling or having a “big smile” may result in permanent, deep creases in this area. Even after you’re no longer smiling, the line remains. Deep nasolabial folds can be corrected through injections of dermal filler into the surrounding area, restoring the lost volume and softening the appearance of these creases. The goal of nasolabial fold injections is to even out the skin volume, leaving you with a smoother.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AND WHAT HAPPENS ON DAY OF APPOINTMENT
This in clinic treatment takes less than an hour to perform. First, our cosmetic nurse or cosmetic doctor will carry out a full facial and medical assessment and your concerns will be discussed. A topical anaesthetic cream may be applied or it may be included with the filler material when injected. Then, injections of dermal filler are delivered through a thin needle into specified areas in the cheeks and mid-face. These injections increase the volume of the skin, reducing the appearance of the nasolabial fold lines. Patients can leave our clinic immediately after receiving the injections. There are no bandages needed, and patients can return to work immediately, making this a popular “lunchtime” rejuvenation treatment. The results are visible immediately, with additional improvements in skin volume becoming noticeable in the week following the injections. After application of a local anaesthetic cream, the procedure is practically painless, and takes less than 30 minutes.
WHAT I WILL LOOK LIKE IMMEDIATELY AFTER TREATMENT
Results are immediate. Patients might experience some slight swelling or redness, but this disappears in a day or two.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
Over time, the body gradually absorbs the injected material, causing the nasolabial folds to deepen again. Many patients undergo regular injections to maintain their rejuvenated appearance. Skin Care Australia Clinics use top premium brand products and the dermal filler can last up to 18months.