How To Get Rid of Nose-to-Mouth Nasolabial Lines
The nose-to-mouth lines – the nasolabial lines, also referred to as ‘smile lines’ or ‘laughter lines’ – are among the biggest bugbears for most ageing faces. They appear as creases that develop at the side of your nostrils and extend down toward the corners of the mouth. As they become more prominent, it’s common for them to overhang and sag forwards towards the mouth.
Nasolabial lines are very common since we use the muscles around our eyes and lips when blinking, smiling and laughing. The lines are always there since we’re constantly animating our face – but we tend not to notice them until the volume starts to fall out from underneath them.
What causes nasolabial lines?
Sometime in your forties, your face starts to flatten and lose volume. As with most other aspects of ageing, it’s a change that we barely notice at first; and it occurs as the fat pads that have been supporting your face and making it lovely and plump over the years begin to deflate gradually. As they do, your cheeks will look a bit flatter and hollow, and the skin starts to hang over the lines between your nose and mouth.
Nasolabial lines are a sign of ageing that will affect everyone in some form or another. We develop deeper creases with age, weight gain, and as a result of exposure to UV light. But there are options available for improving and preventing these lines – starting with a good quality skincare regime and daily sunscreen application. But if the lines are already noticeable, how can you improve them?
What treatments can do
Your first thought may be that to improve these lines, you need to fill them in with dermal filler. This may have been the best option a decade ago, but since then, the science of aesthetics has come a long way. Practitioners now look at the face as a whole, assessing each individual feature to determine how it can be defined or balanced better. In this case, it may be that you need to perk the cheeks back up with a spot of filler, raising the curve of the cheek in a flattering way whilst also lifting and softening that nose-to-mouth groove.
You may be surprised that Botox doesn’t lead the list, considering how effective it is in reducing and eliminating lines and wrinkles. Whilst Botox is excellent for treating fine lines (usually on the upper face), it’s not as effective for these deeper folds around the mouth.
That being said, when you animate your face, the mouth isn’t the only part that moves. Your eyes crinkle as you smile and laugh, causing creases to form as you move those muscles. To smooth out the fine lines that appear around the eyes, Botox is the most effective treatment option.
Profound RF combines radiofrequency and microneedling technologies to spark the attention of your body’s natural defence and recovery mechanisms to kick-start collagen production.
Using a handheld device, the skin is penetrated with tiny needles before momentarily releasing a powerful burst of radiofrequency technology to heat the deep skin tissue to precisely 67 degrees C. This process ramps up the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, resulting in a smoother, tighter and lifted appearance.
Not only will Profound RF smooth the nose-to-mouth lines, but it will also tighten sagging jowls and lax skin, and soften wrinkles on the face and neck.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.