How to get rid of nasolabial folds
The nasolabial folds, commonly known as “smile lines” or “laugh lines”, become more pronounced as we get older. They are the two skin creases that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth, and are the result of loss of facial volume and skin elasticity as we age. To some they may represent a sign of maturity, status and character, nonetheless when they become very deep, they may make you look older, tired or unhappy. This is where smile line softening can make a difference.
Dermal fillers can restore loss of volume by providing structural supports to lift up deep creases. Smile line softening with dermal fillers can help replenish a more youthful volume, while stimulating natural hyaluronic acid (HA) in the treated areas without the need of invasive plastic surgery and the downtime and lengthy recovery period that comes with it.
Besides softening your facial lines, dermal filler stimulates your natural hyaluronic acid production which acts as an internal moisturiser to hydrate your skin, and newer generation dermal filler can last up to 18 months. It is FDA approved and CE-marked. The effects of HA based fillers are reversible through being dissolved by Hyaluronidase if necessary, providing you with a safety net and that extra peace of mind .
The result of the treatment should be seen immediately and you can also book a complimentary consultation in 2 weeks time to review your progress and discuss any next steps. Treatment should take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
We do not recommend smile line softening treatment for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or those with allergies specific to this treatment to please check beforehand.
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Avoid Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medicine for 2 days (e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac)
Avoid vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba for 2 days
Avoid alcoholic beverages for 1 day
Avoid aspirin for 7 days (if you take aspirin for medical reason, please consult your doctor)
Your skin will be cleansed and disinfected
Topical numbing cream will be used to ensure comfort, it takes about 5-10 minutes to work
Local anaesthetic is integrated within all the dermal fillers used, to further minimise any discomfort during and after procedure
Dental blocks can be requested to completely numb the treatment areas
Ice pack or Arnica might will be used to minimise bruising
Procedure takes around 15 minutes on average
Result is pretty immediate with minimum or no down time at all
Not applicable: during pregnancy or breast feeding
In individuals with known hypersensitivity to dermal fillers
In the presence of infection or severe inflammation at the injection sites
Concurrent treatment such as laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, chemical peels
Side effects are rare, mild bruising might occur, but this usually fades quickly (you can minimise bruising by avoiding medication aforementioned before the procedure)
Mild swelling may occur and usually subsides within 2 days
Local infection (please adhere to the post-treatment advice to avoid infection, antibiotics might be needed in such cases)
You can carry on with your day pretty much as usual immediately after leaving the clinic
Please avoid putting on anything on your face for at least 4 hours after treatment
Please avoid putting skincare with peeling chemicals for 2 days (e.g. glycolic acid)
Please avoid strenuous exercise for 2 days
Please avoid alcohol for 2 days
Please avoid sun tanning/ sauna/ extreme heat for 2 weeks
The result is seen immediately
Book a complementary check up in 2 weeks time to review your progress, you can discuss other treatments that can complement the new you
You may also book your next appointment to ensure you maintain your new look