What are mouth lines, nasolabial folds?

For some people, the muscles that we use to smile are very superficially placed and can pull the skin when we smile, causing dimples, which can extend into lines as we age. For others, thinning of the skin can result in ‘nasolabial folds’ or lines that extend from the sides of the mouth up to the sides of the nose. For others again, these lines can be made worse by weight loss or ‘dropping’ of the cheeks.  The skin that used to sit high on the cheekbones can fall a little and the tissue weighs down on the nasolabial folds and can make them appear stronger.  These lines can be quite aging and often are the source of loss of confidence in one’s appearance.

What are the ways of treating mouth lines, nasolabial folds?

There are two ways to treat this area.  If there is any cheek volume loss, then the best approach is to correct this first using a cheek filler- link to the cheek filler page that will give lasting structural support to the areas that have lost it.  When this is done, it is easier to see how much filler is needed for the nasolabial folds. Often the cheek drop can be the predominant cause of nasolabial folds, so this can be enough to correct things.

The Other way to correct lines in this area is using 1-3mls of filler, depending how bad the lines are.  Usually the doctor will be able to estimate the amount of filler required to correct the lines completely.  The dermal filler literally fills in the areas where volume loss has happened(the creases). Dermal filler is injected about 1or 2 mm below the surface of the line. Usually a moderate viscosity (relatively but not too thick) filler can be used for these purposes.  In this area sometimes a slightly more viscous(thicker) dermal filler is needed for deeper lines.    The result of the filler is to lift the base of the line by as much as is injected. Lifting up the base of the line results in a less visible line.
If there are any smokers lines, they can usually be treated at the same time.

With fillers, results are INSTANT, so you can immediately see results!

How long does treatment take?

Treatments take from 5-10 minutes to carry out, and are performed by a doctor. The actual ‘injection part’ of the treatment can be as short as 30 seconds.

Does it hurt?

The popular misconception that fillers can be very painful has been overturned with the recent developments in cosmetic anesthesia.  Most products used in our clinics are the local anesthetic containing versions meaning that the pain that people used to experience from ‘stretching’ of the skin is much improved.  We also provide brand new ‘Ouchless needle’ technology as well as local anesthetic creams.  If after all this treatment were still painful, we offer a local anesthetic dental block, which can be injected by the doctor to completely anesthetize the area.  We usually avoid the dental block where possible as it can result in numbness of the area for an hour or so after treatment. (Just like after the dentist)

Are there any side effects?

The side effects associated with treatment in this area are quite limited.  Common needle side effects include temporary (5-10 minutes) swelling and redness, less commonly bruising, and then much less commonly again, product specific side effects which your doctor will discuss with you before treatment.

How much does treatment of Mouth lines, Nasolabial folds cost?

In this area, cost is directly proportional to how bad the lines are, and how much of an improvement is desired. Treatments can be done from as little as €200 for 1/2 ml.  The average amount of product used is 1-2mls.  Our doctor will often have examples of what kind of results to expect from different amounts of filler.  Also as the results are instant, you and the doctor can agree together during treatment how much filler to use.  The fillers used for cheeks are available from €400 per ml.  They provide longer lasting results and are generally licensed for 18 months rather than 6-12 months like most less viscous(thick) fillers.