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Nasolabial Lines: Plastic Surgery or Filler?

I’m only in my 20’s, but developing signs of aging. Do I need plastic surgery?

No.

Early, subtle signs of aging may become evident in patients who are in there 20’s or 30’s. The nasolabial lines or Crow’s feet may begin to show. The skin become thinner and less uniform in appearance. Volume loss and sagging tissue, which comes primarily from age, sun, and genetics, contribute to the gradual deepening of these facial lines.

Initial treatment of these facial wrinkles is to (1) add volume, and/or (2) lift the cheek or mid face. Adding volume is done with a quick procedure with any of the available injectable fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, collagen, fat). Facial plastic surgery with either a cheek lift or cheek augmentation is appropriate for select patients.

Plastic surgery should not be the first option in younger patients. Many non-surgical choices exist to improve skin quality and decrease the signs of aging.

Speak with a plastic surgeon to help determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.