There’s no way to avoid it—we all go through the aging process. As we do, subtle lines begin to develop at the corners of the nose and extend down toward the mouth and beyond. These are often called laugh lines.
Laugh lines may give us the appearance of being much older than we really are. These medium-to-deep facial creases are primarily caused by a loss of facial fat and less elastic skin. Sun exposure and genetics also play a role in their development.
Fillers to the Rescue
Facial fillers can temporarily decrease the appearance of these unattractive folds. Finding the right filler is the first step. This selection is often influenced by your age.
In younger patients with minimal folds or creases, hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm work well. These fillers plump up the area by attracting water. Results may last up to 12 to 18 months.
Older patients usually have some fat atrophy in their cheek fat pad, which causes a collapse of the cheek centrally in the face. This can exaggerate the appearance of the fold.
Collagen stimulators like Sculptra Aesthetic are often recommended for these patients because they restore the volume in the cheek while correcting the fold. A full treatment of Sculptra Aesthetic includes, on average, three injection sessions over a few months. Results can last up two years.