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Nasolabial Fold Surgery

A nasolabial fold, also referred to as a smile or laugh line, is a fine line that appears near the side of the mouth and extends to the edge of the nose. Nasolabial folds can appear when smiling and become increasingly visible due to the natural aging process.

Nasolabial folds can cause people to look older than their actual age, but treatment options are available to correct these issues. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a world-renowned facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, offers a variety of nasolabial fold treatments. In doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients safely and effectively treat nasolabial folds and other signs of aging in the face.

What Is a Nasolabial Fold?

Nasolabial folds can form on one or both sides of the mouth and affect everyone. However, as people get older, facial skin can become thinner. As a result, people are more prone to nasolabial folds as they age.

What Causes Nasolabial Folds?

There are many reasons why nasolabial folds occur, such as:

  • Excess Sun Exposure: Too much sun can damage facial skin, leading to changes in skin texture and lines and wrinkles.
  • Collagen Loss: Collagen is a naturally occurring substance that helps the skin maintain its strength and structure. Over time, collagen production declines, which can result in nasolabial folds and other signs of aging.
  • Fat Loss: Rapid weight loss can change the facial appearance. It can also cause the cheeks and other areas of the face to sag and lead to nasolabial folds.
  • Smoking: The nicotine in cigarettes narrows blood vessels in the skin, which limits the skin’s ability to get nutrients. Thus, smoking can speed up the skin’s aging process and make people more susceptible to nasolabial folds.

Regardless of why a patient experiences nasolabial folds, Dr. Azizzadeh can perform an evaluation to determine if the patient qualifies for smile lines treatment.

How to Get Rid of Nasolabial Folds with Surgery

Various surgical treatment options are used to correct nasolabial folds that affect the appearance of different areas of the face.

A mid facelift may be recommended if a patient is dealing with sagging cheeks. The procedure treats nasolabial folds, along with sagging skin in the middle of the face and deep creases below the eyelids. Also, a mid facelift can reduce the appearance of jowls and excess fat deposits that form under the jaw and chin.

Buccal fat pad removal is another option that may be used to treat nasolabial folds. During a buccal lipectomy procedure, excess fat pads are removed from a patient’s cheeks. This can help a patient simultaneously correct nasolabial folds, refine their jawline, and achieve a contoured facial appearance. 

Nasolabial fold excision can be used to treat deep smile lines as well. With this nasolabial fold surgery, smiles lines are removed from the face, and the treatment area is sutured following treatment.

Nasolabial Fold Surgery Cost

The cost of a nasolabial fold procedure varies, and Dr. Azizzadeh explains all costs before treatment. Dr. Azizzadeh also offers financing options to patients who are considering nasolabial fold surgery and other facial rejuvenation treatments.

Can Nasolabial Folds Be Treated Without Surgery?

There may be instances in which non-surgical treatments can be used to help patients manage nasolabial folds. For example, dermal fillers can be used to temporarily reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds.

What Is the Best Treatment for Nasolabial Folds?

Nasolabial folds can be problematic, and the ideal treatment to correct these issues depends on the patient. By meeting with Dr. Azizzadeh, a patient can receive an evaluation and learn about different nasolabial fold treatment options.

Dr. Azizzadeh requests a consultation so he can learn about a patient and assess their facial appearance. He evaluates a patient’s nasolabial folds and reviews their medical history. Dr. Azizzadeh also gives each of his patients an opportunity to ask questions and gain insights into surgical and non-surgical treatments for nasolabial folds.

If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a patient is a good candidate for nasolabial fold surgery, he provides details about the procedure. Or, if Dr. Azizzadeh believes a patient can benefit from a non-surgical treatment for nasolabial folds, he plans accordingly. With his in-depth approach to nasolabial fold treatment, Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients revitalize their facial appearance.

Schedule a Smile Lines Treatment Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh

Dr. Azizzadeh is available to teach patients about a wide range of treatments for nasolabial folds. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please contact us online or call us today at 310-657-2203.

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