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For nasal labial folds, Injectables or a surgical face lift?

I need to keep the natural easy moment of my face. And the lift of my cheeks when I smile. It’s just that when not smiling my face looks older, sadder, and angrier than I am because of the deep nasal labial folds and the way my face falls.

As we age, we lose bone and fat in the face. We also lose collagen in our skin. Collagen is the protein that keeps our skin tight and minimises wrinkles and sagging. Ageing, and the loss of bone, fat and collagen causes the youthful “heart-shaped face” to fall with gravity and become more “square” and hollow. Replacing lost volume in the face with filler is a great place to start. Think of it as building the strong foundations for a house. Not many people realise just how much difference replacing lost volume can make. The results are subtle, but noticeable. It is a very natural way of making someone look more youthful. Rather than look like you’ve obviously had fillers, it just gives you a subtle freshen up, like you’ve had a great night’s sleep. People are often amazed that simply adding volume to the cheeks can have such an amazing effect on the nasolabial folds. I would start with using some filler your cheeks, which will “lift” the cheeks and minimise the lines, and then perhaps inject a small amount directly into the nasolabial folds.

Ultimately your treatment will depend on your own aesthetic goals, the experience of your injector or surgeon, and your budget. I would recommend a review with an experienced injector and surgeon who can assess you in person (as a two-dimensional photo doesn’t tell the “full 3-D story” of your face), discuss your goals, and formulate a treatment plan.