Nasolabial Folds and Lips
Nasolabial and Marionette Folds
Nasolabial (the lines running from the nose towards the mouth) and “marionette” (the lines running from the corners of the mouth down towards the chin) lines and folds are some of the earliest signs of aging. Many women and men in their twenties have folds, but as we age, and the skin around the mouth loses fullness, the unsupported skin sinks into wrinkles, deeper lines, creases and folds, causing a tired and worn-out look. By placing fat into and around the lines and folds, we can support the skin and “lift” it, creating a much more youthful and rested appearance.
For those who feel their lip size or shape is inadequate, fat grafting is a wonderful solution, because results will last for many years. Fat grafting to the lip area can also help to define the lip line, which becomes less sharp as we age. “Smoker’s lines” and other wrinkles of the skin above the lip can also be improved by the addition of a thin layer of fat into the area. The ideal proportion for the lips is for the lower lip to be larger than the upper lip. Patients with naturally irregular or asymmetrical lips, or those who have had lip area surgery resulting in defects, can have them evened out with the addition of fat. Fat in the lips feels completely natural and soft, and cannot be distinguished from “real” lip tissue.