I'm 23 year old w/ nasolabial wrinkle on one side? Or is it not a wrinkle? (photos)
Doctor Answers 3
Thanks for your question and photos.
Good for you for pitching the cigarettes! I am not suggesting that the 5 years of smoking, however, was causative with your particular concern, but, certainly, long-term smoking absolutely contributes to accelerated facial aging.
I am not entirely able to comment on any possible asymmetry of your nasolabial folds as I cannot compare your two sides from the lighting of your photos. However, nasolabial folds are almost universally present in adult human faces, and their presence does not necessarily represent a flaw that needs "fixed". You appear to have a very pleasant lower face. Use/overuse of fillers in the nasolabial folds and around the mouth may yield an undesirable result of a looking chimpanzee-like. For someone as young as you are, I might recommend a more holistic approach first - healthy diet, sensible exercise, ultraviolet radiation (sun) precautions, microdermabrasion, and facials, and good skin care products. Also (and I hope you take this as a complement), it is possible that 5 pounds of weight gain might well look good on your face. I hope you find this helpful =)
Sleep? Muscle asymmetry?
This kind of one sided wrinkle can be caused by a number of things. However, it is very typically very readily improved. We can do that in a number of ways but the most common way would be to simply fill in the depression underneath the wrinkle. That is a very quick in office procedure with very little recovery time. You'd most likely be back to your regular routine in an hour!
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