A young face is characterized by a regular oval, prominent cheeks and a well-defined jawline. However, the shape and texture of the face changes with time. As facial volume decreases, skin become thinner and the effects of gravity show up. The most noticed aspects of aging are the sagging of facial traits and the appearance of hollows between the nose and mouth. Nasolabial folds begin outside nostrils until the corners of the mouth. They are also one of the biggest concerns of clients visiting medico-aesthetic clinics.
To understand how to reduce their appearance, let’s focus on their appearance.
When aging, the skin produces less collagen and hyaluronic acid. These two ingredients are responsible for the elasticity and filling of the cutaneous layers. Combined to external factors such as pollution, sun exposition, stress and tabagism “the three D’s” phenomenon appears:
- Deterioration: wrinkles, fine lines and modification of the skin texture
- Drop: wilting or loosening of the skin
- Decrease in volume: loss of density or volume
The appearance of nasolabial folds is therefore normal and should not seem impossible to correct.
Recently, an unusual nasolabial fold correction method caught our attention!
On different blogs and social media, we can see videos and articles about “facial gymnastics”. Facial gymnastics acts like body gymnastics: it makes our facial muscles work and enhances their firmness. With exercises like a forced smile or eye blink, the face’s firmness is enhanced and the damage caused by aging disappears.
Even though this last method seems ingenious, the majority of the time, hollows and wrinkles are too deep for this gymnastic to reduce their appearance. Furthermore, these exercises must be done every day and many times. If we follow this method’s logic, the day we stop doing the exercises, our muscular gains will disappear. To conclude, some of the recommended movements can cause permanent hollows, such as nasolabial folds with the forced smile exercise.
What is the best way to reduce the appearance of those facial hollows?
Even though some are not concerned due to good genetics, the phenomenon of “three D’s” is very common and affects both men and women. To reduce and correct nasolabial folds, and other lost volumes of the face, we use hyaluronic acid injections. This molecule, which is already made by our body, fills deep wrinkles and adds volume where desired. Also called volumizing fillers, the most popular products for the lower face are Radiesse®, Juvéderm, Restylane and Belotero. The results last from 8 to 12 months, except for calcium hydroxyapatite (Radiesse®), which offers results lasting up to 18 months. Fillers are considered safe products when administered by professional injectors. They will make you look a few years younger and give you this glowing look that boosts self-esteem.
To conclude, volumizing fillers are an effortless solution, offering instant results. Keep in mind that even though body gymnastics has many benefits, those of facial gymnastics still need to be proven.