How You Can Get Rid of Nasolabial Folds

Posted on March 8, 2022

The most common example of facial folds would be nasolabial folds. These facial folds can be found running from the nose to the corners of the mouth.

They can be disturbing, so how do you get rid of them?
In this article, I will talk about nasolabial folds, their disadvantages, and how you can get rid of them.

What Are Facial Folds?

Facial expressions cause facial folds to be formed. These folds somewhat look like deep wrinkles on the corners of the mouth. Although deep wrinkles and facial folds are somewhat similar, both have their own differences.

Usually, wrinkles would be a series of contraction lines. Meanwhile, a fold is a deepening of a single facial line. It’s where expression usually occurs.
Additionally, a combination of repetitive facial movements causes facial folds. Other factors may include skin laxity and loss of collagen.

These factors cause the lines and folds to become more distinct. Our bodies lose elastin and collagen as we age. These chemicals keep our skin hydrated, firm, and elastic.

Over time, repeated facial expressions and sometimes, facial exercises, cause our skin to struggle to return to its original state. Aging can also be a factor that causes other skin conditions like crow’s feet and frown lines to develop. It can make the folds become more distinct as well.

Facial folds are caused by repetitive facial movement.

What Are Nasolabial or Nasal Folds?

Nasolabial folds are also called smile lines or laugh lines. These lines appear on either side of the mouth. It also extends up to the nose.

Oftentimes, these folds can be described as brackets. It’s because of its semicircular appearance. Usually, these folds and lines become more prominent as you age.

Typically, folds nasolabial can be found between the corners of the mouth. These lines also extend up to the nose. These folds become more prominent and noticeable, as we start to lose facial volume.

Nasolabial folds consist of dense bundles of fibrous tissue and muscles. These muscles and tissues become more prominent as we age.

Additionally, the skin becomes saggy and thinner. This makes the folds become more noticeable for other people.

Disadvantages of Having Nasolabial Wrinkles and Nasolabial Lines

Here are the disadvantages of having nasolabial folds:

1. It Makes You Look Old
It’s a normal part of the aging process to have smile lines. However, as we get older, these folds can deepen or multiply.

It’s inevitable for nasolabial folds to appear. However, quick and efficient professional ways to deal with smile lines are available.

2. Saggy Skin

It would be easy for a firm skin to stretch. A firm skin can also snap back into place easily. However, it starts to sag when it loses this ability. Any part of the body can experience saggy skin.

Your nasolabial folds can become more pronounced as we age. This makes the skin sag down and forwards.

3. Mimics Contempt

Other people’s neutral faces can give an impression of positivity. However, other people’s relaxed faces can indicate displeasure. Although some people’s faces might indicate displeasure, it’s unintentional.

A moody-looking countenance gets accentuated by smile lines. It’s because the nasolabial folds give the appearance of a downturned mouth.

Nasolabial folds have many disadvantages including making you look old.

Makes You Look Tired

Nasolabial folds around your mouth can make you look older and less attractive. This can cause your face to look tired and old.

The said folds and the loss of facial volume in the area around your mouth mostly contribute to an unattractive and tired appearance.

4. Dry Skin

When skin is dehydrated, nasolabial folds become much more exaggerated. An effective way of preventing these folds is keeping the skin hydrated. This can also prevent deeper wrinkles to develop.

How to Reduce Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial folds are a common cosmetic issue. However, these folds do not post a risk factor for any health condition. They also do not require surgery or treatment.

Some cosmetic procedures can help reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds. Other cosmetic procedures can even help eliminate them.

Treatment options include:

Nasolabial folds can be reduced through various treatments.

1. Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are placed under the skin. These fillers can help plump up the skin. Dermal fillers made of hyaluronic acid can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Additionally, the fillers can be applied to the upper cheek area. This technique gives the cheeks a lift. The folds will then become less noticeable.

If a person starts to have nasolabial folds, it’s usually because of volume loss. This happens in the areas above this fold. The most particular area where the nasolabial folds can appear would be the cheeks.

The appearance of the nasolabial folds becomes accentuated due to the deflation of the malar area. This makes the dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid one of the most essential treatments for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds.

Additionally, dermal filler treatment is the most flattering treatment to re-volumise the cheeks.

2. Fat Injections

Other than dermal fillers, fat can also be injected into the nasolabial fold area. This makes the nasolabial folds reduce their appearance.

The fat will be taken from another area of the body. Then, it will be injected to fill the area of concern. This procedure is somehow similar to the dermal filler.
Filling in the folds with fat is an ideal solution. It’s available and an autologous substance. This means that it comes from your own body.

It can either be liquid or semiliquid. Thus, it can feel completely natural when injected. To harvest the fat, stab incisions may be used. This technique results in less scarring and faster recovery.

Fat transfer suits patients with deep, prominent nasolabial folds best.

The fat’s fluid component will be separated and discarded. It will then be injected beneath the dermis medial to the nasolabial fold.

Usually, two to four mm of the injected fat would be enough to treat the nasolabial fold.

3. Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing is a type of procedure that resurfaces the skin. The treatment involves removing the layers of your skin. This procedure will help the skin have a better appearance.

Your cosmetic doctor may suggest a certain type of laser resurfacing treatment. However, the suggestion will still depend on your needs.

Laser resurfacing uses short, concentrated, and direct pulsating beams of light on your skin. The heat from the treatment will then penetrate deep into your skin.

Particularly, the process involves laser beams getting rid of damaged skin and nasolabial folds. This helps trigger the body’s natural healing process. Additionally, this promotes cell regeneration and collagen production.

4. Morpheus8

Morpheus8 is a type of micro-needling device that uses radiofrequency technology. This micro-needling device helps contour the face and body. The device deeply penetrates the skin for a smoother and younger look.

Morpheus8 can be combined with other cosmetic treatments. This includes laser resurfacing and fillers. However, it will still depend on your doctor’s assessment.
The procedure helps tighten, lift, and contour the skin. This also helps the skin restore collagen and elastin.

Collagen and elastin help the skin maintain a youthful look. Particularly, the body naturally produces collagen. This helps the body provide strength and structure.

On the other hand, elastin helps the skin return to its original position. Regardless after the skin is poked, stretched, or pinched.

Morpheus8 penetrates deep into the skin and fat. It also helps the skin combat the signs of ageing. Morpheus8 helps smoothen and contour the areas on which it’s applied.

Typically, Morpheus8 treats problem areas like the neck and lower face. Additionally, it can reduce fine lines, nasolabial folds, acne scars, and discolouration of the skin.

5. FaceTite

FaceTite is a type of non-invasive treatment designed for skin tightening. The treatment works like a facelift. However, it does not involve surgery.

This FDA-approved treatment features radiofrequency energy. FaceTite mainly targets unwanted fat. It results in tightened skin and enhanced contours of the face.

It also involves skin tightening and fat reduction techniques. These techniques help contour and lift the face for an appearance that’s more natural and youthful. It can also help reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds.

Overall, FaceTite is gentle and safe. It’s considered one of the most advanced non-surgical treatments for contouring the face.

Particularly, FaceTite can do skin tightening for up to 40%, all the while removing unwanted fat. Since the treatment only targets your problem areas, it does not cause damage to its surrounding areas.

Additionally, the procedure does not leave scars or stitches. FaceTite also features minimal downtime. Because of this, a lot of people prefer FaceTite over invasive procedures.

FaceTite can decrease the appearance of nasolabial folds.

Where to Get Nasal Fold Filler: Filler for Nasolabial Folds

If you’re thinking about getting nasolabial fold filler, you might want to consider The Harley Street Clinic in London. Dr. Julian De Silva will provide you with a treatment that’s tailored to your needs.

The procedure will be non-surgical. It will be done at Dr. De Silva’s clinic, one of the top skin clinics in London.


Each patient’s anatomy is unique. Therefore, the best treatment will depend on your needs, as well as the right treatment plan the doctor will provide after the assessment.

Do you want medical advice on what suits you best? Book a consultation with Dr. Julian De Silva now!

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

About the Author

Dr Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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