Will A Cheeklift Help Soften My Deep Nasolabial Folds?

Q:  Dr. Eppley, I am 38 years old and have had very noticeable nasolabial folds for the past several years. I have had injectable fillers, specifically Juvederm Ultra XC, placed into them with some improvement. I also had my cheeks injected also. Now, less than 6 months after the injections, my nasolabial folds are just about back again. I would like to something that is more permanent and may even have a greater effect. Do you think a cheek lift will work? Or should I just wait until I am older?

A: Deep nasolabial folds at a young age can be a very difficult problem. Some facial shapes and skin types are simply more prone to them and, if this is an issue at the young age of 38, it is going to continue to be a long-term facial issue. Injectable fillers for the nasolabial folds offer both advantages and disadvantages. Their advantage is that they work when properly placed. There is great debate of the many fillers as to which one is better but none has ever been shown to be really be ‘better’, they all work. Some simply last longer at a greater price. They work instantaneously and generally have no significant problems. Their disadvantage is that they are not permanent. No injectable filler is permanent, no matter what is said by some. However, a cheek lift is not the solution either…for now. You are too young to justify such surgery and it is not a permanent solution either. You would be best served to continue with injectable fillers at this point even though they have limited duration. The effectiveness of cheek or midface lifts depends on mobility of the cheek tissue across the zygoma or cheekbone. I doubt if you have much of at your age. This is why such cheek lifts are years away for you.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana