Our skin loses elasticity, and laugh lines and wrinkles will start to appear as we age, called nasolabial folds. These folds deepen and become more evident with age and are sometimes called smile lines. Almost all people have nasolabial folds except for those who have faces that were paralyzed and also newborns.

Nasolabial folds are the lines that extend from the outside corner of your nose, which run vertically from the outer part of your mouth down to your jawline. These are caused by excess fat on the cheeks and loss of collagen, resulting in thinning of the skin, which causes the sagging of fat and tissues around your smile. Some other causes are excessive loss or gain of weight, too much sun exposure, lack of sleep, smoking and loss of elastin in the skin.

Some Possible Anti Wrinkle Injections/Fillers Options Based on Age

The 30s to 40s: Fillers HA treatments like Product J or Restylane can fill the wrinkles and be pushed up to prevent nasolabial folds from sagging, which usually last between 12 to 18 months.

The 40s to 50s: Anti Wrinkle Injections, also known as Botulinum toxin, helps muscles relax and delay the development of sagging and wrinkles at this age.

The 60s and up: At this age, only Anti Wrinkle Injections will not help. Some laser treatments can get rid of nasolabial folds apart from facelifts or extensive surgeries.


What Are the Treatments?

Cosmetic treatments can be performed alone or can be combined to acheive desired results – to help soften nasolabial folds and wrinkles.

Non surgical skin tightening

This treatment is recommended for patients whose folds and lines are relatively superficial. It also has no downtime and involves minimal risk. Laser treatments such as Thermage or Vivace, a series of radio frequencies, IPL such as Halo and Titan, and ultrasound treatments such as Venus Legacy and Ultherapy help tighten the skin around your mouth cheek area and jaw. These treatments help stimulate collagen production by heating the dermal layer without damaging the skin and giving it lifted and tightened skin. The doctor will advise a series of treatments 18-24 months apart. Visible results can be seen over 2-3 months after each treatment.

Neurotoxin such as Anti Wrinkle Injections, Xeomin and Dysport

While the muscles are relaxed, which might cause the mouth to be pulled down while the rest of the face is at rest, the doctor might do the extensive procedure with the deepening appearance of lines. These neurotoxins are not getting administered solely to treat the areas. These are often recommended to be combined with dermal filler to fill nasolabial folds or lines and soften the muscles around the mouth. The only way to a successful result is to choose an experienced doctor who can perform the treatment.

Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Sculptra, Product J

Injectables like dermal fillers have increased by 39% over the past five years. So, unsurprisingly, one of the best treatments for nasolabial folds and marionette lines is Restylane, Sculptra and Product J . These are hyaluronic-acid based products. These are replacing the lost volume safely and smoothing out lines caused by repetitive moments, which might also be producing premature facial sagging. During the consultation, the doctor will assess and check the targeted area and the depth of your folds since fillers come in different types and thicknesses.

The doctor can also inject fat in the nasolabial fold to make it less noticeable. Then, it will be taken from another part of the body and injected to fill in the targeted area.

The results are temporary and can last from 6 months to a year. However, immediate with less risk and fast recovery. However, if your nasolabial folds or lines are already advanced, no fillers can have them treated.


Micro-needling treatments are recommended for patients with superficial nasolabial folds/lines. It creates small channels into the skin’s dermis by using a power handpiece. It will help stimulate the natural healing process of the body and helps in producing collagen and elastin to revert the nasolabial folds and lines to their original status and make them less noticeable. Recommended sessions are from 3-6 treatments, with minor side effects such as swelling and redness. However, they will disappear fast.

Surgical Removal

Subcision is a surgical process that can highly reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds. This treatment usually is being done to treat scars and acne marks and can also be used in treating folds/lines.

During subcision, a needle is used to break pockets of tissues. It will restructure and reduce the depth of the folds, which makes the patient look more youthful.

Aside from subcision, there is another treatment called excision, wherein it removes the affected skin and reshapes the area in the attempt. This procedure uses a scalpel with more dramatic results.

Experimental Treatments

Doctors are looking into using growth factor, a chemical that stimulates cell growth. A study was conducted in 2015 evaluated growth factors to concentrate injections in 80 people with nasolabial folds. Researchers confirmed that this treatment is safe and possibly effective.

Doctors are still checking new strategies and treatments to reduce nasolabial folds without surgery.

Uently Asked Questions

What is the best procedure for nasolabial folds?

  • Dermal filler is the best treatment for nasolabial folds since it also does not affect the patient’s smile. Anti Wrinkle Injections is usually being used around the lips and chin muscles. It is not being used often in nasolabial folds.

How can I book for a consultation?

  • You may contact us at (03) 9999 7368 from Mondays-Saturdays 9a-9p for bookings or you may fill out the form which can be found on our website www.skinclub.com.au. You may also chat with us via our website.

What to expect after the procedure?

  • You might experience bruising and swelling around the area which will quickly go away. We will also send after care guides to follow through after the procedure or even book you in for a review appointment before you leave the cosmetic clinic.

What to expect before the procedure?

  • You will have a consultation with our cosmetic doctor to assess the targeted area and discuss the procedure before you make the decision to push through or not. You may discuss your desired results, too. We usually do same day treatments should you wish to proceed however it will be upon the doctor’s discretion.
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