Nasolabial folds are the two creases that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. These folds are also known as laugh lines, smile lines, or parentheses, and can become more noticeable with age. Nasolabial folds are caused by a combination of skin laxity and the loss of fat from the cheeks and midface area, so they tend to become more prominent with age. Treatment options for nasolabial folds include dermal fillers, Botox, and fractional laser skin resurfacing.
Laugh lines are skin wrinkles that go from the corners of your mouth to both sides of your nose. Other forms of wrinkles such as marionette lines may also occur. When you’re younger, the wrinkles could only show up when you laugh or grin, then vanish when your face unwinds. But over time, the creases could deepen and become visible whether you’re grinning or not. Both symmetry and asymmetries are possible.
Nasolabial folds do not increase the risk of any health issue, but they provide the appearance of aging on the face. A doctor may use plastic surgery and cosmetic techniques to correct nasolabial folds.
Fortunately, Botox can be used to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds. Botox injections are FDA-approved and are used to relax the muscles that cause these creases, helping to soften and smooth them out. It is a popular non-surgical treatment option for those who want to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds without surgery. Results can last up to six months, although the Botox injections need to be repeated to maintain the desired effect.
Dermal fillers are typically suggested for smile lines since they produce greater outcomes. Additionally, utilizing Botox around the mouth might relax the muscles that give you a grin, which can have unfavorable effects. Although it is feasible to have a good result, Botox is only advised in a select few situations.