Nose to mouth lines (or nasolabial folds, to use the official medical term) are deep-set wrinkles which form along the side of the nose and continue downwards to the corner of the mouth.
WHAT CAUSES NOSE TO MOUTH LINES?
Deepening over time, nose to mouth lines appear as the facial skin and supportive structures of the cheeks become weak due to ageing. Repeated smiling also makes these lines more pronounced.
Nose to mouth lines are normal and an inevitable sign of ageing skin, but they can cause the face to look tired and old, adding years to your appearance.
HOW DO I PREVENT NOSE TO MOUTH LINES?
The best prevention for ageing skin is to limit your exposure to the sun by wearing a good sunblock and a wide-brimmed hat. However, nose to mouth lines or nasolabial folds are also caused by normal facial muscle movement such as smiling, so there isn’t much else you can do to prevent them occurring - aside from not moving your face at all!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to get rid of nose to mouth lines?
Nose to mouth lines are a natural part of the ageing process, but some people may choose to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons. There are a number of treatments available to address nasolabial folds, including surgical and non-surgical solutions.
Surgery for nose to mouth lines
Surgical treatments for nose to mouth lines include facelift, cheek lift, or a mid-face lift (a facelift administered to the lower eyelids and cheeks.) These procedures involve a surgeon lifting loose skin upward in order to smooth out folds and lines caused by sagging.
Can BOTOX® injections be used for nose to mouth lines?
In general, BOTOX® injections are not usually used around the nasolabial folds or nose to mouth lines. This is because relaxing the muscles in the lower half of your face is a complex process and can affect how you smile. In some cases, a low dose of BOTOX® might be suitable for nasolabial folds. The doctor administering your treatment will be able to advise you about this.
What are marionette lines?
Marionette lines are deep-set wrinkles which appear at the corner of the mouth and run downwards onto the chin. They are similar to nasolabial folds and are usually treated in the same way.
HOW TO GET RID OF NOSE TO MOUTH LINES NATURALLY
Wrinkles occur due to a depletion of collagen and elastin in the skin caused by age or sun damage. The effects of this change in the skin’s texture and conditions can be improved by following a strict skincare regime which incorporates a moisturiser containing peptides and vitamin A, plus a good exfoliator. This won’t remove the lines but might help soften their appearance.
Some suggest that facial exercises such as face yoga and facial massage can help reduce lines around the nose and mouth.