Nasolabial Folds (or Smile Lines) are vertical facial creases in the skin stretching from both sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Smile lines develop as a result of volume loss and increased skin laxity due to aging (and other factors such as sun damage). The body begins to naturally lose collagen and elastin, the main structural proteins in the skin that provide its firmness and elasticity, causing the skin to slacken. In addition, the loss in volume enables the corners of the mouth to be pulled down, which can create Marionette Lines — the vertical facial lines extending from the corners of the mouth down towards the chin, giving the face a sad-looking appearance.
Dr. Hamilton, improves and smooths both types of facial wrinkling, artfully using dermal fillers to nonsurgically perform Nasolabial Fold Sculpting (Smile Line Sculpting) and Marionette Line Sculpting (for Mouth-to-Chin Lines) with no downtime, to instantly replace volume loss in the targeted areas, plump the skin, and soften the appearance of the folds and lines for a natural, youthful, confidence-building look. Dr. Hamilton strategically injects dermal filler into the nasolabial folds, micro-adjusting them precisely, softening the creases beautifully. She also uses filler to treat the marionette lines meticulously, injecting the strategic points of the mouth’s corners to lift them and adding volume to the facial lines to smooth and soften them — instantly transforming the face from a sad look to a happy, refreshed appearance.
Nasolabial Fold Sculpting and Marionette Line Sculpting especially restore the youthful look of an individual when combined with Cheekbone Contouring, Chin Contouring, and Jawline Contouring, nonsurgical sculpting procedures which address and target the sagging of the mid- and lower-face. The beautiful rejuvenation minimizes the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines, smooths the skin, and optimizes facial shape, creating a softened, elegantly refined facial appearance.
Other facial sculpting techniques that also revitalize the mid- and lower-face are Lip Augmentation, Surgical or Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty (Nose-Reshaping), as well as surgical techniques including a FaceLift and Neck Lift. In addition, Laser Skin Resurfacing and Chemical Peels can improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and marionette lines by removing the top layers of skin to reveal youthful, lustrous, rejuvenated skin.