The Last Laugh: Treatment Options for Nasolabial Folds
It could be argued that laugh lines are signs of a life well lived. However, that’s little solace to those who look in the mirror and feel dissatisfied whenever they see these lines that once appeared only when they smiled, but which are now permanently etched into their faces. Fortunately, cosmetic medicine offers several potential solutions to laugh lines, clinically known as nasolabial folds, both in the form of facial plastic surgery and in the form of non-surgical, injectable treatments.
At Gaines Plastic Surgery, Dr. Greg Gaines offers both surgical and non-surgical methods of facial rejuvenation, including treatment options for nasolabial folds. During consultations at his Gainesville, FL plastic surgery practice, Dr. Gaines can evaluate patients’ needs, discuss their goals, and explain their treatment options to them in detail. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your face due to nasolabial folds, Dr. Gaines can help you find a customized solution that will restore a more youthful, aesthetically pleasing look to your facial skin, too.
Simply contact Gaines Plastic Surgery today, and we will assist you in scheduling your initial consultation with plastic surgeon Greg Gaines.
What Are Nasolabial Folds and Why Do They Form?
Nasolabial folds are the lines that appear between the edges of the nose and the corners of the mouth when we spread our lips wide, as when we smile or laugh. In most children, these lines disappear when their faces are at rest. As we enter adulthood, however, the lines begin to show even when we are not smiling or laughing, faintly at first, but more prominently over time. Eventually, as the fat pad that resides under our cheeks starts to droop and our skin loses some of its native elasticity, the lines become deeper until they appear as heavy wrinkles.
Restylane® and JUVÉDERM®
Because nasolabial folds start to form as a result of the loss of underlying volume in the face, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® injections are highly effective treatments. Both Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® are dermal fillers that use hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the human body, to restore volume to hollow areas of the face. Hyaluronic acid molecules are capable of attracting and retaining up to 1,000 times their weight in water. As a result, Restylane® and JUVÉDERM® produce long-lasting results, safely and without fear of allergic reaction. Treatment can be repeated as necessary.
Facial Plastic Surgery
For more severe nasolabial folds, facial plastic surgery may prove the superior treatment option. Midface lift surgery specifically addresses the cheeks and nose-to-mouth region and the drooping malar fat pad that is largely responsible for the formation of nasolabial folds. Dr. Gaines can also combine midface lift with fat grafting to improve volume in the cheek region and provide a longer-lasting solution to nasolabial folds.
Learn More about Treatment Options for Nasolabial Folds
To learn more about treatment options for nasolabial folds, or to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Greg Gaines, please contact Gaines Plastic Surgery today.