Surgical and Non-surgical Treatments for Nasolabial Folds
By dsherris on August 18, 2014
No area of the body is more susceptible to the aesthetically undesirable effects of aging than the face. While some people consider wrinkles and lines to be signs of dignity and character, others wish to turn back the hands of time and regain their youthful appearance. Fortunately, people who fall into the latter camp have the opportunity to rejuvenate their faces by undergoing cosmetic procedures, ranging from minimally invasive injectable treatments to various types of facelift surgery.
At The Clinic of Facial Plastic Surgery, we believe that facial plastic surgery can help people to age beautifully, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, moderate wrinkles, and deep-set folds. Among the most visible of these signs of aging are the nasolabial folds, also known as the “laugh lines.” These are the folds that extend from each side of the nose down to the corners of the mouth. At our plastic surgery practice in Buffalo, nasolabial folds treatment can take several possible forms, depending on the needs and goals of each individual patient. Dr. David A. Sherris masterfully customizes every procedure he performs to ensure the most natural-looking and flattering results, according to the individual patient’s unique facial anatomy.
Erasing Laugh Lines: Treatment Options
There are a number of options, both surgical and non-surgical, available for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds. The option best suited to you depends entirely on your unique needs and goals. During your initial consultation with Dr. Sherris, he will listen attentively to you, helping you to identify what you hope to accomplish through plastic surgery and advising you openly and honestly of your alternatives.
Treatments that can be used to address nasolabial folds include:
- Mini facelift combined with implants: Implants which are your own tissue can be placed during mini facelift surgery to restore fullness to the cheek area and soften the lines around the mouth. This may be a good option for patients whose nasolabial folds have just begun to deepen and are undergoing a mini facelift to address sagging of the skin on the chin, jawline and neck area.
- Endoscopic mid facelift: This endoscopic and less invasive facelift procedure addresses the area from the lower eyelids to the corners of the mouth, including the nasolabial folds. This procedure is potentially ideal for patients with moderate nasolabial folds and other mid-face wrinkles, but who have yet to experience the sagging of the skin on the chin, neck, and jaw that would call for a more comprehensive surgical approach.
- Deep plane facelift: This intensive facelift procedure is designed to improve the appearance of severe facial sagging and wrinkling, including deep nasolabial folds. This procedure produces the most dramatic results, significantly reducing the depth of the nasolabial folds through the repositioning of the entire superficial musculo-aponeurotic system that underlies the area.
- Dermal fillers: Injectable dermal fillers can be used to temporarily improve the appearance of nasolabial folds. These injections are strategically injected into the face to add volume to hollow areas, such as the nasolabial folds or augment the mid-face area.
Contact Our Plastic Surgery Practice Today
If you would like to learn more about the procedures that can help you reduce the appearance of your nasolabial folds, we invite you to contact our plastic surgery practice today.
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