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Nasolabial folds

Posted by Dr. Hugo Ho on 24 October 2018
Nasolabial folds

Are you bothered by your nasolabial folds and wondering what can be done to improve the area?

Nasolabial folds are sometimes referred to as smile or laugh lines. They are best described as the two skin folds on the side of the nose and corner of the mouth. They help make the cheek and upper lip distinctive by separating the two. While it is attractive to have a little fold here, a deep fold can make you look older than you truly are.  As a person ages, the fold becomes more pronounced as a result of a fat loss on the upper part of the face (cheeks) and overall loss of collagen.  Nasolabial folds can also form in young people due to genetic predisposition or excessive facial expressions, weight loss and bad lifestyle habits such as sun exposure.

The goal of nasolabial fold treatments is to even out the skin volume, leaving you with a smoother, refreshed-looking appearance.

Correction of these folds can be done by injection of dermal fillers or fat into the cheeks to fill the hollow and pull the cheek up. The filler can also be injected into and under the nasolabial fold to flatten it further.  However, this method has a higher risk of complications from tissue necrosis (tissue death), scarring and blindness.  In some cases, it only worsens the situation, making the face "heavy" and stretching the folds.   Besides, fillers are often not enough and to improve results.

The other option involves surgery.  A mid-cheek facelift or cheek implant may be a good option for sagging a cheek. For a deep nasolabial fold, excision of the nasolabial fold may be an option since the resulting scar looks like a shallow nasolabial fold.

However, if you want to get rid of nasolabial folds fast without a cut and a long period of downtime,  Aptos has developed several methods to solve this problem.


Dr Ho performs the methods of APTOS thread lifting for lifting and correcting visible defects on the face and body. Aptos' technology has a long history, earned trust in the whole world and proved itself as one of the most effective and safe methods.

Aptos Excellence and Light Lift threads can lift soft tissues of the cheeks and prevent from sagging. Aptos Nano spring and Vitis threads will help lift the wrinkle from the inside the folds, thereby spread the skin.  The fold will disappear like it wasn't there.  Aptos Wire is designed for the correction of deep nasolabial folds. The wire, attached to a needle, is passed through hypodermic tissues on a closed contour around the nasolabial fold without skin incisions. The wire separates the skin and soft tissues allowing the skin to raise back up.  One procedure using Aptos Wire is enough to completely get rid of nasolabial folds.

The method of correction is selected by an Aptos certified doctor individually.  If you are interested in learning more about Aptos Threads or the Aptos Thread Lifting Technique, please visit SydneyWest Aesthetics

Here's a simple facial workout to help eliminate nasolabial fold:

1. Hold a handle of the spoon with your lips
2. Smile so that the free end of the spoon moves up.
3. Hold it for two seconds, go back to the starting position
4. Repeat technique 19 times.


Author:Dr. Hugo Ho
Tags:skin tighteingDermal fillerSkin rejuvenationAptosThread liftnon-surgical face liftThread liftingSkin saggingAnti-aging

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