Deep Folds
What are deep folds?

Deep folds or nasolabial folds also sometimes known as laugh lines are the lines on either sides the face extending from edge of the nose till sides or the corner of the mouth. It is usually seen when a persons smiles and tends to deepen, as a person ages and becomes more prominent and stagnant on the face which makes it noticeable due to the sagging and thinning of skin.

What is the cause of deep folds?

The nasolabial folds are part of the human face and it is not due to signs of age or any medical condition, they only become deeper when the skin sags or thins out. That’s when one can notice these folds on the sides of the face.

Some factors that may cause nasolabial folds to become deep/prominent are:-

  • Smoking
  • Environmental factors like pollution and sun exposure
  • Rapid weight gain or weight loss.
  • Ageing due to which collagen is lost making the skin look weak and thin.
  • Fat loss around the cheek area which gives the saggy appearance.
Which age group is usually affected?

The age when they start becoming deep is 30-35 yrs, that’s when the signs of ageing start showing on the face. They become more prominent as one ages further .

Things to Know

No, there is no gender predilection. We all grow and age and our skin gradually becomes thinner and starts sagging. This leads to fine lines on the face and deepens natural folds.
A lifestyle involving stress, smoking, a lot of sun exposure and bad eating habits leads to premature ageing and thus early prominence of these folds.

There are many ways to correct the deep folds or nasolabial folds:

  • Take a good sleep of 7-8 hours and exercise regularly.
  • Drink at least 2 liters of water daily to keep the skin hydrated and glowing
  • Eat a lot of fresh fruits and salads, avoid sugar and processed food
  • Use a good sunscreen lotion daily especially before going out in the sun.
  • Avoid stress; practice pranayama and meditation.

There are many treatments available for deep folds or nasolabial folds, they are :-

  • Dermal Fillers: They are injections made up of hyaluronic acid. These injections available in gel form are injected into the skin. They can be injected just beneath the fold or they can be placed laterally at some bony anchor points to create an upward tug to ameliorate the folds.
  • Collagen induction treatment:- Treatments like fractional laser, microneedling radiofrequency, platelet rich plasma therapy come under the category of collagen induction therapies. A few sessions of these treatments improve the skin firmness and lessens fine lines and depth of nasolabial folds
  • Thread lift
  • Surgical face lift.
Yes, all the treatments are quite safe if they are performed by a skilled surgeon, who has proper knowledge of all the treatments and provides treatment according to the individual needs.

One needs to follow all the instructions of the doctor before and after the treatments.

Maintain a good hydration level

Use sunscreen lotion regularly.

Follow up after the treatment is very necessary.

Any one who is having an issue with these lines or nasolabial folds can get them reduced. Completing getting rid of thees folds is not possible but one can for sure, make the appearance look less visible if treated at an early stage of this condition.
According to our expert Dr Shail Gupta, MD is a renowned dermatologist with almost 2 decades of experience in the field of dermatology, says deep folds are not a medical condition nor it is the sign of ageing but they are a part of human anatomy. Which is usually present after birth and become prominent as a person grows and ages due to many factors that can make the skin to appear thin and appearance of lines and wrinkles become more prominent. So getting them treated at an early stage make the treatment more easy and effective.
No, there are no specific season to get this treatment done and one can get it done at any time of any month or season.
Before going for any treatment one needs to consult to a dermatologist to know the skin type and to know which treatment suites the individual. One can call and fix for an appointment, the doctor will asses the skin and treat it accordingly.

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