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How Do You Get Rid of Deep Nasolabial Folds?

Jacky Gale | October 18, 2019 | Posted in Skin Care

The nasolabial folds, also known as laugh lines or smile lines, are the two skin folds that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth in slanted lines. Everyone has nasolabial folds, except for newborns and adults with facial paralysis. They tend to become more prominent with age, and in many cases, these can be mitigated with dermal fillers. However, some people have exceptionally deep, noticeable nasolabial folds that cannot be properly addressed with dermal fillers. If you’re one of them, it might be time to talk to a plastic surgeon about your treatment options.

About the nasolabial fold surgery

It’s commonly thought that a face lift is an appropriate treatment option for deep nasolabial folds that won’t respond well to dermal fillers. However, this type of procedure actually doesn’t solve this particular problem. Instead, a direct incision is necessary. The nasolabial fold surgery only requires local anesthesia, which means you will not need to go to sleep for it. In most cases, it takes only an hour to complete in the operating room.

The specific techniques that will be used depend on your needs and preferences. Your plastic surgeon will customize your treatment to suit you. For example, some patients can benefit from the placement of a small cheek implant. This brings more definition to the face, enhances the facial contours, and softens the deep lines of the nasolabial folds.

Some patients may be good candidates for a combination procedure. The plastic surgeon may recommend a combined nasolabial fold surgery and mid-face lift if you have drooping cheeks. This will improve the overall appearance of your face and help reverse the signs of aging.

How to prepare for nasolabial surgery

The decision to have any surgery is a major one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s important to fully disclose your medications, supplements, and medical conditions. Some patients may be asked to get surgical clearance from their primary care doctors. Ahead of the surgery, you should also discuss the potential risks with the doctor. Since there is no need for general anesthesia, the risk of adverse reactions from it is eliminated.

The plastic surgeon can also help you plan your recovery. Individual recovery times can vary; however, you should expect the stitches to be removed in about five to seven days.

Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon in NYC

To learn more about having nasolabial fold surgery in NYC and find out whether it might be a good option for you, you can contact the Manhattan office of Dr. Thomas Loeb. Dr. Loeb is a board-certified physician with years of experience and a successful track record of happy patients. He prioritizes his patient’s health and safety and will ensure that you are fully informed before deciding to move forward with the procedure. Dr. Loeb has particular expertise with nasolabial fold surgery. Thanks to his strategic techniques and placement of the stitches within the natural crease line, his patients report exceptionally good healing and results.

You can schedule your one-on-one consult with Dr. Loeb by calling our Fifth Avenue office today. Dr. Loeb also works with out-of-town patients. You can request a Skype or FaceTime consultation ahead of your trip to NYC to handle pre-surgical requirements.

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