Have you noticed shadows cast down on your face create a deep triangle to the left and right of your nose to the corners of the mouth, leaving the appearance of a fold around your mouth? This can occur as early as the mid-20s, or even earlier for those with a predisposed facial structure.
Nasolabial Folds are grooves or lines found on either side of the mouth. They often extend from the sides of the nose and curve around the mouth and become more conspicuous when a person smiles. These often leave us looking gaunt and creating a more hollow, aged appearance in the face.
There are a variety of reasons that bring about nasolabial folds. That said, the primary cause of laugh lines is the natural process of the skin becoming saggier and thinner with age. As we get older, almost everyone will develop nasolabial folds to varying degrees of severity. Also, certain lifestyle factors can make smile lines worse. These include overexposure to sunlight, sudden weight loss and smoking.
If you have deep nasolabial folds, restoring volume to the skin underneath with dermal filler is an excellent option. Fillers can smooth out the hollow and saggy appearance of nasolabial folds and create a plumper, more youthful look.