Nasolabial Folds & Marionette Lines

Nasolabial folds or Smile Lines are the lines that run vertically from the sides of the nose to the corners of the upper lip….

They are sometimes referred to as smile lines, because they look deeper when you are smiling, but smiling is not the real cause of the problem. Dermatologists and Medical Aesthetic Practioners refer to them as “nasolabial folds”, which simply means folds that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth or lips. Their solution is the injection of hyaluronic acid, which can provide between 9 & 12 months improvement.Hyaluronic acid is used because the skin’s levels of the compound become lower, as we age. Low levels of hyaluronic acid are one of the real causes of wrinkles, anywhere on the face or body. Other causes include decreased production of elastic fibers. The fibers are composed of collagen and elastin. Researchers have found that some nourishing compounds stimulate the body’s production of collagen.

Marionette lines take there name from the marionette puppets as the lines run down from the corner of the mouth  to the chin and resemble the mouth of a puppet. Again these lines are caused because the skin is losing its elasticity due to the aging process but also because of  damaging and harmful effects of exposure to the sun. Weight loss can also be a factor with Marionette lines, when fat is lost on the face there is a good chance that you will see the appearance of these crease lines from the mouth to the chin.

Treatment

The dermal fillers we use to treat wrinkles are bio-stimulants of the body’s own collagen, these dermal fillers consist of hyaluronic acid (non-animal based) which is a substance naturally present in living cells. Filler is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle and can have a lasting result of up to 9-12 months dependant on the individual.  Hyaluronic acid can be used as a wrinkle filler, fold filler, cheek filler or for even lip augmentation.  It supersedes in safety the older collagen (animal in origin) and silicon fillers now used less often.

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Results can be seen immediately and treatment with fillers is safe, fast and leaves no permanent scars or other traces on the face. Fillers add natural volume in your skin to lift and produce new firmness resulting in a healthy & vital appearance.

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