Dr. Harry Singh explains how cosmetic injectables can be used to treat nasolabial folds.
Firstly, I know what you’re going to say…what is a nasolabial fold?
It’s certainly a mouthful of a word, but what it refers to is very simple, and most of us get them, especially as we age. Nasolabial folds or nose-to-mouth lines refer to the depressions or grooves that run from the lower corners of the nose, the medical term for which is ‘naso’, down to the corners of the lips, the ‘labia’; hence nasolabial or nose-to-mouth lines.
As simple as they are to define, they are also simple to address by plumping up the area, reducing the mild dip, moderate crease or deep depression, creating a more youthful look with the use of injectable dermal fillers.
Both men and women start to see the appearance of nasolabial lines as they age. This occurs as we lose volume in the cheeks and upper face, which causes sagging in the area and the dropping of the fold of the cheek into the nose area. Dermal fillers can be used very effectively on male and female faces to add back volume and structure to the ageing face in the cheek and nasolabial region.
I use hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler products at my clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Hyaluronic acid, or HA for short, is a natural component of our skin that our body makes daily. It draws in water to our skin and helps it stay plump and hydrated, which is more youthful-looking. Our bodies need to produce lots of HA each day because natural HA doesn’t last very long before we metabolise it. Sadly, as we age, we produce less and less natural HA daily; this is why children have such plump faces compared to adults. Scientists have, in the last 3 decades, discovered ways to manufacture synthetic, longer-lasting HA from non-animal sources, which is perfectly safe to use in humans. I use the Restylane product range which has been clinically-proven since the early 1990s for cosmetic use and has one of the longest records for safety and efficacy of any dermal filler brands. Restylane is non-animal-based and comes in different formulations or ‘thicknesses’ for use in different areas of the face for maximum benefit. It also comes with built in local anaesthetic, by the addition of lidocaine into the product syringe. This means that the area is numbed as it is treated to make it much more comfortable. All the products are temporary, but you can expect the results to last between 6 and 12 months, depending on the severity of your nasolabial lines and which specific product we use to treat them. How deep the folds are, and the amount of volume loss, with also determine the optimum amount of Restylane syringes I will require to give you the result you are looking for. Your body will still metabolise the HA over time but will do so a lot slower than it does with its natural HA, hence the long-lasting results. You can maintain the correction with repeat treatments at Aesthetics clinic and I will call you back for regular appointments to see how things are looking.
If you want to discuss if dermal fillers are the right treatment for you, then please call 01438 300111 to book and appointment to see Dr. Harry Singh at Aesthetics in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.