The New Fold-Lifting Procedure

One of the most distressing signs of aging is called the nasolabial fold. You know what it is – it’s the line between the cheek and lip. Plastic surgeons have been filling the nasolabial folds with things like collagen, fat, Restylane and Radiesse for over 2 decades. When the folds are real deep, I’ve actually cut them out. Now, there’s a new - and very simple procedure that lifts the folds right off the underlying tissue. It’s called the incisionless release wire. And then fat or the filler, Radiesse, fills those folds.

One of the most distressing signs of aging is called the nasolabial fold. You know what it is – it’s the line between the cheek and lip. Plastic surgeons have been filling the nasolabial folds with things like collagen, fat, Restylane and Radiesse for over 2 decades. When the folds are real deep, I’ve actually cut them out. Now, there’s a new - and very simple procedure that lifts the folds right off the underlying tissue. It’s called the incisionless release wire. And then fat or the filler, Radiesse, fills those folds.

When they say some of the best ideas are the simplest, they’re talking about this one: it’s a piece of wire that is threaded under the wrinkle and pulled back and forth like a cheese slicer.  And up comes the wrinkle. The results were published this summer. This procedure wins my award for a simple technique that really works.


Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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