I have nasolabial folds on either side of my nose that seemed to appear one day this week. They are not especially deep, but are definitely noticeable. I did some research and I would like to point out I do not smoke/drink, I'm well-hydrated and I spend very little time in the sun. I'm trying not to smile so much and am making an effort not to sleep on my side. They appear to be deepening. I feel I'm too young for this? I'm 17. Please help?
What Options Are There For Nasolabial Folds in a Teenager?
Doctor Answers (3)
Nasolabial fold in a teenager
I agree with Dr Bray. Everyone has a different facial structure and some people have these folds as kids but they are not making them look old as they are not always a sign of aging. Unfortunately the TV and media are causing everyone to overexamine themselves. If you have lost alot of weight recently this might have caused a change or if you have very plump cheeks. Maybe you can send us a photo so we can better unerstand. At 17 you shoul dbe enjoying your youth. Use sunscreen to preserve it.
Naso labial folds
If you simply look around you, you will see that everyone has folds. We are all different> You may have a heavier face than your friends but, my guess without pictures you are fine as is
Premature Nasolabial Folds
Nasolabial folds are natural and normal. Even young children have them. Unusually deep folds in a younger patient can result from less bone in the cheek area (hypoplastic maxilla). This is less common but if it is the case in your situation I usually treat with fillers (temporary) or implants (permanent but removable). Check in with a provider in your area who is comfortable with this evaluation. Good luck!