What are Nasolabial Folds and Why Do We Get Them

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Nasolabial folds are lines or depressions that run diagonally from the outer edges of the nose to the sides of the mouth. They are often referred to as smile or laughter lines. Smile lines are natural expression lines, however, as we get older these lines can deepen and this is often when individuals seek treatment for them.

What causes nasolabial folds?

During the natural ageing process, we lose the support of the bone and fat cushions in the middle face. As a result, the fat cushions in this area descend into the lower part of the face. This can make nasolabial folds look more prominent and increase heaviness in the jowl area.

Will everyone get them?

Nasolabial folds are a normal part of your facial anatomy. They are expression lines, not necessarily a sign of ageing. They can even be seen in small babies or children on laughing! However, as we age, these lines can become more pronounced, resulting in a tired or unhappy appearance.

Can they be treated?

There are two ways the nasolabial folds can be treated using Dermal Fillers. They can be directly treated with a small amount of soft tissue filler placed just underneath the fold to soften the appearance. However, more often, the cheeks are treated first, as this would treat the cause of deepening nasolabial folds. Treating the cheeks will help to lift the heavy skin that forms the fold.

How long does it last?

Treatment in this area typically last 8-12 months.

Are you thinking about treatment for nasolabial folds? Come and see us at The Academy Clinic. Your journey will begin with a consultation to discuss personalised treatment for you. Our prices for Nasolabial Fold Dermal Filler treatments start from £150.

As a Cosmetic Model you will only be treated using premium filler products by a healthcare professional. All our trainees are closely supervised by an experienced aesthetic practitioner throughout your appointment. To facilitate teaching, training appointments are on average longer than your normal treatment appointments. This will ensure plenty of time to address your concerns and treatment goals!

You can reach our Patient Coordinator on info@theacademyclinic.co.uk

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