Nasolabial folds are a problem with which a vast majority of us has to struggle. You probably may know them more commonly under the term “laugh lines”. They are the two skin folds which are placed on each side of our face, running from the nose to the corners of the mouth. With age, these lines grow deeper and deeper, getting even more defined. That happens due to loss of collagen in this area, which is not an easy thing to fix.
So what can you do to hide those ugly laugh lines? Well, the answer might be simpler than you think: nasolabial fillers. They are a type of dermal fillers which are injected underneath the nasolabial folds, hiding them and stretching the skin over them, which in turn removes them completely, and this guide will tell you all about them.
You might already know Juvederm for their fillers targeting lips and cheeks, but they are actually also used for laugh lines removal. If your nasolabial folds are moderately deep, or you might have some wrinkles around the area, Juvederm Ultra is a good way to go. If you have deep laugh lines which would be hard to remove otherwise, there is always the Juvederm Ultra Plus, which is perfect for those difficult folds.
Both Juvederm products are made on the base of the hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid might sound a bit foreign at first, but it is actually contained within our bodies, as it binds with water and gives our skin the much-desired volume. However, with age, less and less hyaluronic acid gets produced by our bodies, making the creeks in our faces deeper and our facial features less prominent.
With a similar way of working to Juvederm products, Restylane is also based on hyaluronic acid but is a bit more flexible than the former. Restylane also provides two different fillers, called Refyne and Defyne. The difference between those two types is that they have a different consistency. One is used for milder, less defined laugh lines, and the other one for those deeper, hard to remove ones.
It is also worth mentioning that Restylane works perfectly both for stationary and moving nasolabial folds. That means that you won’t have to worry that those lines will reappear whenever you smile, as Restylane removes both types.
Yet another good product from Juvederm to target nasolabial folds, this time targeting the mild ones. If you only have subtle, barely visible lines, there is no need to apply a strong and thick filler, which is not only more expensive but can be just plain too much. Juvederm Vollure has a relatively low density, allowing it to be injected into those small creases without giving too much volume to the face, making the patient look bizarre.
If you are not a fan of hyaluronic acid or a test has proven that you might not qualify for such a treatment, Sculptra is a good alternative. It does not use hyaluronic acid, but instead poly-L-lactic acid. While the acid does not occur naturally in our bodies, it is still a natural substance, which is often gathered from corn starch or sugarcane.
Moreover, Sculptra has a quite different way of working than Juvederm and Restylane do. Polylactic acid does not work immediately, as does hyaluronic acid, but instead, it enhances the natural ability of our body to produce collagen, rebuilding the collagen lost due to aging. The slow-building effect, however, always provides more natural results than other fillers, and it lasts way longer. The effects of Sculptra are often visible for at least a year and a half.
You have to keep in mind, though, that Sculptra is not always the final step of the treatment. A lot of patients decide to go with both, mixing Sculptra and Juvederm for the best results. The most popular way of doing that is to first get a Sculptra treatment, and after some time finish it off with Juvederm, to highlight the facial features even more.