“Marionette Lines” are the lines that run from the corners of the mouth vertically downwards towards the chin. They are named “marionette” because they can make you look like a marionette puppet if the creases are deep enough. They are caused by repeated movement of the mouth, coupled by the loss of fat and skin elasticity that occurs naturally as part of the ageing process. Lost skin volume causes lines to turn into deeper creases. They tend to give the mouth a down-turned look, as if you are frowning even when you are not. Many people feel these lines make them look sad, tired, or older than they truly are.
The appearance of marionette lines can be corrected through injections of dermal fillers in and around the lines themselves. Such injections correct lost volume, taking away the “sad” look caused by marionette lines. The goal of a marionette line treatment is to soften their appearance, rejuvenating that part of your face.
Candidates for marionette line treatment are adults who wish that their marionette lines were not as prominent. You may have recently noticed these wrinkles as a result of getting older, or you may always have had lines in this area as a result of your genes. Ideal candidates are at or near a healthy weight and are in good overall health. If you are concerned about the appearance of lines around your chin, dermal filler injections may be right for you.
The marionette lines are treated with ha dermal filler injections during an office visit lasting under an hour. Several types of injectable filler products are commonly used for marionette lines. By far, the most common is non-permanent because its effects are temporary and can be easily reversed.
Your practitioner will recommend the type and brand of filler that’s best for you.
First, a topical anaesthetic cream may be applied, or it may be included with the filler material when injected. Then, multiple small injections are delivered through a thin needle. These injections are placed at sites in and surrounding the crease of the marionette lines on either side of your mouth.
Immediately after this injection process, patients can leave the office and return to work. There is no required recovery period, and no bandages need to be worn. These factors have made marionette line treatment a popular “lunchtime” treatment for those looking for a fast treatment with immediately visible results.
The effects of marionette line injections remain visible for 6-12 months. Eventually, the body absorbs the injected dermal filler, and the lines will reappear. Many patients opt to undergo regular injections to maintain their smooth appearance.
After dermal filler injections into the marionette line area, common side effects include redness, swelling, and tenderness in the injection site. These effects usually subside within two days. Bruising is also possible. Any redness and bruising can be camouflaged with make-up. Serious complications are rare, but include infections and allergic reactions to the injected filler.
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