The Best Ways to Minimize Your Nasolabial Folds

September 10 2022

Have you ever noticed the lines that extend from the outer edges of the nose to the outer edges of the mouth? These indentations, technically called nasolabial folds but often referred to as “smile lines,” are usually only discernable when you laugh or smile in your younger years. However, as you get older, they may become more prominent, and even permanent, due to aging and thinning facial skin.

Luckily, if you are displeased with the appearance of your nasolabial folds, you do have treatment options. Here, the experts at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists explain some of the procedures that can restore a more youthful look around your nose and mouth.

Dermal Fillers

Injectable treatments are a quick and safe way to add volume to your skin, which in turn minimizes the appearance of smile lines. Careful injections of hyaluronic acid add fullness to the tissue just beneath the skin’s surface, which helps to deemphasize the nasolabial folds.

Our office offers a variety of dermal fillers, including juveRestylane and Sculptra. Our experts can help recommend the appropriate brand and amount to maximize your results. Keep in mind that dermal fillers are temporary (lasting somewhere between a few months and an entire year), so you do need to return for periodic injections if you want to maintain your results.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Another non-invasive procedure is laser skin resurfacing. Using the energy from a CO2 laser, our team vaporizes the outermost layer of skin. The layer of skin beneath is fresher and tighter, showing diminished signs of lines like the nasolabial folds. This same treatment is effective at smoothing wrinkles and minimizing acne scars. You may also be a candidate for dermabrasion, which achieves similar results without a laser.


The best surgical option for smile lines is facelift. Because this procedure is known for lifting and tightening the skin and tissues on the lower portion of the face, it can certainly help reduce the prominence of these folds.

Our surgeons do not often recommend facelift to patients whose sole concern is nasolabial folds since those can be improved with less invasive procedures. However, if you have multiple signs of aging that you would like to address, such as jowls and wrinkles, then it may make sense to choose surgery for a more complete rejuvenation of your lower face.

Make an Appointment

To schedule a consultation with the team at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists to determine the best course of treatment for your nasolabial folds, please schedule a consultation online or call (404) 255-2975 for our Northside office or (404) 343-0897 for our Piedmont West office.