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Before and After Treatment of Nasolabial Folds

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If you are someone with nasolabial folds who is looking for a safe and effective way to minimize their appearance, there are a variety of treatments available. Nasolabial folds are caused by sagging skin that starts at the base of the nasal area and travels down to the sides of the mouth. Nasolabial folds are also referred to as "Marionette Lines" and while they are perfectly natural and harmless, the folds can cause a significant amount of distress from those who suffer from them, as they tend to create an "aged" appearance. Nasolabial folds are treated with surgical procedures and filler treatments. Read on to learn more about the before and after process of nasolabial fold treatment.

Restalyne

Restalyne is a popular filler treatment that is often used to treat nasolabial folds, as well as plump up sunken areas of the face. Restalyne fillers are applied through injections. The injections are applied directly to the folds and in most cases, individuals experience immediate results. Side effects of Restalyne injections include swelling, redness and pain at the site of the injection, but these typically subside within a short period of time. It is always a good idea for anyone considering Restalyne injections or other filler treatments to consult with a skin care professional to learn about all options available and to learn about the specific process. Restalyne and other treatments typically last for six months or longer, but it depends on the specific treatment and the individual's specific response to the treatment. Filler injections work well to greatly minimize nasolabial folds, as they plump up the affected area and tighten the surrounding skin.

Surgery

For deep nasolabial folds that do not respond well to filler treatments, surgery is another option. Surgical procedures are performed by a licensed plastic surgeon and are often only recommended if alternative treatments are not effective. During the nasolabial surgical procedure, the surgeon removes the overlapping skin in order to create a smooth appearance. As mentioned above, it is always a good idea for individuals who are considering this procedure to discuss all available alternatives with a skin care professional, as well as undergo a complete medical evaluation to ensure that they are a capable candidate for the procedure. Side effects include pain and swelling at the surgical site. Surgery for nasolabial folds provides permanent results, but it is important for individuals who undergo the procedure to follow up with their physicians as directed as well as incorporate natural creams and serums into their skin care regime in order to prevent additional wrinkling and sagging of the skin.

Natural Remedies

While surgery and filler treatments are the most popular treatments for nasolabial folds, there are also a variety of natural remedies that can help plump up the areas surrounding the nose and mouth, as well as improve elasticity and firm the nasolabial fold area. Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient in cosmetic fillers, and applying a natural cream or serum that is infused with this ingredient can help to plump up the area and replenish the skin cells without a surgical procedure. There are also facial exercise devices that work well to tighten and firm the sagging skin of the face. Collagen creams are also helpful in treating nasolabial folds. As the skin ages, it loses collagen, a substance that is essential for skin cell regeneration and the overall suppleness of the skin and fluidity of the joints. Applying an all-natural moisturizing cream that is infused with collagen can help the skin naturally regenerate its collagen supply, resulting in tighter skin around the mouth and nose.

Conclusion

Nasolabial folds are natural folds of skin that trail from the end of the nose to the sides of the mouth. While certain individuals find these folds unsightly, they are harmless folds of tissue that do not cause pain or discomfort. Nasolabial folds tend to be hereditary, so it is always a good idea for individuals with a predisposition to the folds to take preventative measures early on, such as applying hyaluronic acid or Vitamin E to potential areas of development. Nasolabial folds are treatable with surgical procedures and filler treatments, and it is always important to discuss your particular skin care needs with a skin care professional prior to undergoing a procedure. By taking some time to weigh out your options, you will be able to make a conscious decision about which treatment best suits your needs.

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