What causes nasolabial folds?
Nasolabial folds are the two lines in the facial that run from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth. Like so many other areas of the body, the skin is affected by the process of ageing, and while nasolabial folds are present any time a person smile, age causes these lines to deepen and become permanent. Loss of collagen and fat due to age can cause the skin to sag, deepening the nasolabial folds, while environmental factors such as sun exposure or smoking can exacerbate these folds as well.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that helps restore hydration to the skin and add volume, effectively smoothing out lines and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally present in the body, but that slows in production as the skin ages. This means Juvederm is incredibly biocompatible, though it is broken down by the body over time, making treatment with this dermal injectable temporary. Juvederm provides instant results, and patients can expect smoother skin immediately after treatment, diminishing the appearance of nasolabial folds.
How long does Juvederm last in nasolabial folds?
The results of Juvederm on nasolabial folds will vary by patient depending on a number of factors. Age, lifestyle, skin condition, nasolabial fold depth, and injection technique used during treatment can all affect the amount of time that the effects of treatment will be noticeable. However, on average, patients who receive Juvederm for nasolabial folds can expect results on average that last from 4 to 6 months, though some patients experience results for much longer. Patients can receive touch up injections to maintain results, and if a patient is unhappy with results, hyaluronidase may be used to quickly dissolve the hyaluronic acid gel and correct results.