Nasolabial folds (hyaluronic acid fillers)

Treating nasolabial folds

Nasolabial folds

The nasolabial folds run from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth. The start of the nasolabial groove beside the nose is called the perinasale triangel. his facial groove can drag around the dimple wrinkle at the corners of the mouth right down to the lower jaw area. This natural occurrence, the sagging of the mid-face and the development of a nasolabial protrusion, can become very pronounced over time, even on younger faces. If one has profound fatty cheek tissue, a feature of a beautiful face in fact, the sagging of the mid-face can deeply pronounce the nasolabial fold. Skin quality, mimic, weight fluctuation and lifestyle all have a considerable impact on the depth of the nasolabial fold..

Nasolabial folds are also called gastric or nasal folds.

What helps against a pronounced nasolabial fold? Does cream help?

Length of procedure:20 minutes
Hospital stay:ambulatory
Anesthesia:local
Follow-up treatment:-
No exercises or sports:1 day
Fee according to GOÄ:from 395€

Being that the main cause behind a nasolabial fold is the sagging of the mid-face, in other words of a mechanical nature, a cream cannot help. Lifting the mid-face through an operative face lift would treat the root cause and smoothen the face the most. A cream can only provide skin care but cannot fill out the deep grooves or folds. However, a non-operative wrinkle treatment is an injection treatment of the nasolabial fold with hyaluronic acid filler. In contrast to an anti-wrinkle cream, a lifting and stabilizing effect can be achieved with a deep injection to the sub-skin tissue.

Effects of hyaluronic acid fillers

Nasenkorrektur mit Hyaluronsäure

By injecting the nasolabial fold with hyaluronic acid-based filler the facial grooves or folds are padded, inhibiting the wrinkles’ progress and simultaneously stabilizing the strained mimic points. The face appears smoother, softer and less haggard. When treating this wrinkle one should also take padding the cheeks into consideration and/or treating the mouth area to achieve more aesthetic harmony.

Deep gastric folds after weight loss

Particularly long nasolabial folds are called gastric folds or worry lines. In this context, the nasolabial fold increases especially after weight loss and the subsequent reduction of facial fatty tissue. In earlier times, weight loss was often connected to stomach ailments which therefore led to the name gastric folds.

How long does hyaluronic acid-based filler last?

Depending on the product, the amount and the injection technique used when treating the nasolabial fold, a long-term effect can be achieved. Despite the stabilizing effects the injected hyaluronic acid-based filler may have, it completely breaks down after approximately nine months. However, independent of the filler used, the growth of new collagen fibers are stimulated at the site of injection so that a part of the injected volume actually permanently remains.Taking into consideration the changes to ones face with increasing age and depending on the initial formation of wrinkles, several hyaluronic filler treatments at relatively short intervals can be performed (four to eight weeks), and thereafter at longer intervals. Two treatments per year is customary, whereby not only the treatment of the nasolabial fold should be taken into consideration, but all aspects of skin rejuvenation up to facial modeling.

What does an injection treatment of the nasolabial fold cost?

Stable hyaluronic acid-based filler is relatively expensive. Treatment found on the market range from 300 to 600 Euro including material and tax. The amount of filler required to treat the nasolabial fold depends on the depth of the fold and the patient’s facial shape. Attractive offers are often only feasible with cheap hyaluronic acid-based products. Here the result of a bad treatment can quickly go from cheap to very expensive. Please read our information on the price of treatment of the nasolabial fold.

Injection technique

Tissue defects are smoothed out with a filler deep into the fatty sub-skin tissue. Generally speaking, the deeper the injection the more indirect the effect is on the treated wrinkle. Decisive lines in the skin are generally treated closer to the surface where hydration of the skin with hyaluronic acid-based filler is a substantial argument for stabilization.
This wrinkle treatment should be performed on the patient using an anesthetic ointment so that it is relatively pain-free. Conventionally sharp injection needles or special dull cannulae can be used. The injection technique of the nasolabial fold applied depends on the initial diagnosis, the patient’s expectations and the doctor’s possible options.

Side effects of treating the nasolabial fold

Sometimes the result of treatment does not meet the patient’s expectations. This is where our doctors’ experience comes into play. Only with a realistic and informative consultation prior to treatment can the doctor assess how satisfying the results can be. Sometimes due to financial reasons the doctor can only use smaller amounts of filler than would actually be necessary for better results. Please read about normal side effects of a hyaluronic acid-based filler treatment here.

Who can perform injections on the nasolabial fold? Alternative practitioners? Beauticians?

The treatment of deep and/or long wrinkles, e.g. nasolabial folds, are only allowed to be performed by doctors and alternative practitioners (not dentists). Doctors at Faceshop in Düsseldorf, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dortmund and Constance have their main focus on the nasolabial fold..

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