Ageing Factors with the Nasolabial Folds

In the ageing process of the face, certain areas are more susceptible to change and may experience more volume loss than others. The horizontal third of the face tends to experience significant volume loss, and the lower third may be most affected.

As a result of guide to dermal filler treatment, the nasolabial folds may become more prominent and visible as time goes on. The middle-third regions of the face areas typically impacted include cheek volume loss and areas of volume loss around the eyes. Volume loss in these areas in particular can lead to a sunken appearance and a decrease in overall facial fullness. Therefore, the nasolabial folds, which run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth, may also become more noticeable as they separate the relatively sunken middle-third from the lower-third of the face.

In addition to volume loss, other factors contribute to the enhanced prominence of nasolabial folds. Bone resorption, a natural process that occurs with ageing, can lead to changes in facial bone structure, which may also contribute to the deepening of the nasolabial folds. Moreover, the loss of volume around the mouth and the base of the nose can further accentuate the appearance of the facial creases referred to as nasolabial folds.

Overall, the prominence of nasolabial folds is influenced by a combination of volume loss, bone resorption, and changes in facial structure. As a person ages, these factors contribute to the visible effects on the middle third of the face and the subsequent deepening of the nasolabial folds, which are often considered a sign of the ageing process.

Uniquely tailored plans for each patient

The ageing process of each individual face is unique, and as such, the approach to anti-ageing techniques must be personalised.

By registered practitioners with appropriate experience, the nasolabial folds can be effectively, softened, and visually minimised through various techniques and procedures. Such cosmetic treatment modalities encompass Soft Tissue Fillers, Collagen-Stimulating Threads, Lifting Threads, and Energy-Based Devices focused on skin tightening.

Key aspects to consider when treating nasolabial folds

Understanding the aetiology of nasolabial folds reveals three primary factors contributing to their formation. These medical factors include volume loss in the mid-face, volume loss in the nasolabial folds area itself, and skin laxity above the nasolabial folds. An optimal strategy employed by a treating practitioner may involve addressing these multi-factorial areas sequentially, starting with the one that delivers the most significant impact.

An interesting element concerning the manifestation of nasolabial folds, irrespective of age-related changes, pertains to weight loss.

Deliberate weight reduction undertaken by the individual for health or fitness objectives may lead to a reduction in facial adiposity, coupled with a decrease in skin turgor. The resulting facial volume depletion, combined with the relaxation of facial integument, may contribute to the sagginess of the malleable facial tissues, thereby exhibiting variations in prominence, contingent on the individual’s chronological age. It is at this juncture that the nasolabial fold may become conspicuously observable, which may often precede the occurrence of volume diminishment in other facial regions.

Dermal filler combination treatments for nasolabial folds

Dermal fillers present convenient and effective solution for addressing nasolabial folds, by aiding in the contouring and volumising of the midface. Achieving adequate volume in the midface with dermal fillers can have a positive impact on softening the appearance of the nasolabial folds. Subsequently, the nasolabial fold area itself may be addressed with fillers, thus making this combination approach highly beneficial. The administration of soft tissue fillers for treating nasolabial folds can be carried out using either the cannula or needle technique, with the choice depending on the proficiency of the cosmetic practitioner.

A specialised technique using soft tissue fillers is to lift the base of the ala by restructuring the pyriform fossa, thereby elevating the upper, deeper end of the nasolabial fold. This technique necessitates a comprehensive understanding of facial anatomy and vasculature to ensure optimal outcomes. Furthermore, employing a cannula may be preferred to soften the appearance of the nasolabial fold, by strategically placing the filler in either the superficial or mid-plane of the affected area. This method requires precision and expertise to achieve natural-looking results while minimising potential complications.

Individual patient assessment with tailored approaches using multiple modalities

When employing soft tissue fillers to address nasolabial folds, it is essential to acknowledge the limitations of the treatment and set realistic expectations with patients with respect to the outcomes achievable. Overfilling the midface or the nasolabial folds should be avoided to achieve a natural-looking result and to avoid an unnatural appearance.

A proficient Cosmetic Physician should possess the knowledge and expertise to incorporate lifting or collagen-stimulating threads, in addition to soft tissue fillers if necessary, to achieve a lifting effect. Depending on one’s personal goals, the strategic use of threads may complement the filler treatment and contribute to a more comprehensive and desirable outcome.

Furthermore, the use of energy-based devices for skin tightening above the nasolabial folds can be a valuable tool in enhancing the overall aesthetic results of the treated area. The Cosmetic Physician’s ability to accurately identify the contributing factors to the issue and prioritise the patient’s approach accordingly is crucial to a successful treatment.

At Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine, our Cosmetic Doctors are highly trained and experienced in various modalities that can be beneficial for treating nasolabial folds. Their expertise enables them to tailor individualised treatment plans to address each patient’s specific needs and to achieve optimal results based on one’s goals.

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Consulting with your Cosmetic Doctor to achieve your facial rejuvenation goals

It is important to enter into a consultation prior to treatment with a suitably experienced and registered professional working in the field of cosmetic medicine. The objective in consulting is to determine the most suitable approach based on one’s personal concerns and circumstances, to address their neck ageing concerns. It is ever so important for the cosmetic practitioner to review and assess based on an individual patient’s needs and preferences, then recommend appropriate treatment options based on the factors assessed via consultation.

Our Doctors at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine have a keen interest in facial rejuvenation with minimal downtime and would be happy to consult with you should this be an area of concern. Cosmetic Doctor consultations can be booked via Zoom meeting or in-clinic (Crows Nest, NSW Australia).

Your Questions Answered

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many sessions of dermal filler treatment is required for the nasolabial folds?

Typically, a single session proves sufficient. However, it can be divided into two sessions, spaced four weeks apart. The segmentation of the treatment into two sessions not only facilitates a step-by-step improvement but also promotes optimal integration of the filler within the tissue.

Can the nasolabial folds be treated on their own without addressing the midface?

Indeed, this is possible. Nonetheless, as explained earlier, the most favourable treatment outcome is attainable through a comprehensive evaluation of all factors implicated in the area of concern. In the majority of instances, it becomes evident that the principal culprit is the diminution of volume in the mid-facial region.

Is there a difference in the treatment plan for a male and female nasolabial fold?

Male and female facial aesthetics entail distinct approaches. While the product and technique remain consistent, the treatment outcomes are tailored to align with gender-specific goals. This stands true for not just the nasolabial fold area, but also for the whole facial approach in aesthetic medicine or surgery. This pivots predominantly on the aesthetic acumen of the attending registered Cosmetic Practitioner.

Is there any downtime associated with nasolabial fold filler treatment?

Dermal filler treatment to the nasolabial folds has minimal downtime. There may be slight swelling and potential bruising, which might take a few days to subside. Once the initial swelling diminishes, any bruising can be concealed with makeup. Occasional lumpiness, a normal response to soft tissue fillers, tends to resolve over time. Our Cosmetic Doctors at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine provide comprehensive guidance on post-care procedures.

Can soft tissue fillers be used to treat asymmetry in the nasolabial folds?

Strategically applied, soft tissue fillers offer a solution for addressing natural asymmetries in facial volume including the nasolabial folds. The prevalence of asymmetries in the human face is a common occurrence, influenced by various factors. While the extent of asymmetry and the proficiency of the treating Cosmetic Practitioner play a role, soft tissue fillers, combined with other treatment modalities, effectively ameliorate visual asymmetries.

How long does the filler to the nasolabial folds last?

Once the desired outcome is achieved, the filler treatment to the nasolabial folds typically lasts for about 8-12 months.

Is dermal filler treatment to the nasolabial folds painful?

At Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine, our Cosmetic Doctors employ comprehensive strategies to alleviate any potential discomfort. These measures encompass the application of topical numbing agents and the use of nitrous oxide (sometimes referred to as ‘happy gas’). Most of our patients tolerate the procedure exceptionally well.

Are there any potential complications associated with the nasolabial fold treatment using soft tissue fillers?

Facial tissue augmentation using soft tissue fillers constitutes a medical procedure associated with potential complications. While the treatment is generally safe and complications are infrequent, it remains crucial to be thoroughly informed and knowledgeable about the indications of these potential issues. Our Cosmetic Doctors extensively address these matters during the consultation process and informed consent phase prior to undertaking treatment.

All Dermal Filler treatments performed at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine are performed by Cosmetic Doctors only.

Can the nasolabial folds be treated with soft tissue filler and the threads in the same session?

Ideally, the administration of filler and thread treatments should be done in two separate sessions. This approach is undertaken to mitigate the potential for complications, allowing the treatments to integrate effectively and culminate in an optimal outcome.

How much do dermal filler treatments to the nasolabial folds cost?

Treatment usually starts at $770 per session. Book a Cosmetic Doctor consultation in-clinic or Doctor consultation over Zoom meeting to tailor a treatment plan just for you, after which you will receive a quote based on your personalised treatment plan.

Transparent pricing at Pavilion Cosmetic Medicine

Dermal Filler Price Guide

Volume of Dermal Filler (HA)
Total Cost including GST
1 mL in one [1] treatment session$770 per mL
2-3 mLs in one [1] treatment session$700 per mL
4 mL or more mLs in one [1] treatment session$650 per mL
Any 1 of the following areas: Forehead -OR- A-Frame -OR- Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty$1,100 for 1mL

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