What are Marionette Lines?
Marionette lines are lines that run down from the corners of the mouth that often make an individual look unhappy or mad. They are called marionette lines as they resemble the lines that run on the face of a marionette. They are often a sign of natural ageing in the skin and are quite common. Symptoms of marionette lines include not only the long lines running downward from the corners of the mouth, but dry skin that can be dull looking and a loss of skin elasticity and firmness.
What are the causes of Marionette lines?
Factors that help form marionette lines include those that have the habit of pursing the lips together. Doing this motion can help to contribute to wrinkles that have formed around the mouth. Other causes include the skin losing moisture due to the natural ageing process, which happens when the skin loses the firmness and elasticity that it once had. Smoking and excessive sun exposure can also cause marionette lines. Genetics can play a part in an individual having marionette lines. Stress and anxiety have been known to make marionette lines more pronounced.
How can Marionette lines be treated?
There are a number of treatments that can be used to treat marionette lines. These include:
- ReFirme NXT® – This anti-ageing treatment is a fast treatment that will help with wrinkled skin. It is virtually pain free. This procedure helps give the individual rejuvenated skin with a youthful glow. It does not require any downtime for the patient. This FDA approved treatment is safe and effective for any skin type and works beautifully on sensitive skin. ReFirme NXT uses elos technology, which will heat the skin tissue to shrink collagen fibers that have aged while stimulating new collagen to be formed. After just one treatment, the skin will be smoother and more supple with a radiant glow.
- The Sixty Minute Facelift – This FDA approved skin treatment is a non-surgical treatment that will tighten and renew collagen in all three layers of the skin (the dermis, the epidermis, and the subcutaneous layer) . It has long lasting effects without involving any needles. This procedure works on all skin types and colours, and requires no anesthetics. After the first treatment, skin will be not only tighter and smoother, but will be more elastic as well. After a series of treatments, results will continue to form for 6 months.
- Injectable dermal fillers – Injectable dermal fillers add volume around the marionette lines, which essentially make the marionette lines disappear. An individual’s skin specialist will be able to suggest the best type of dermal filler to be used, as there are many on the market. The dermal filler will be injected around the marionette lines, which will create a fleshing out effect of the wrinkles. Injectable dermal fillers will last for several months, and the individual may choose to have repeated injections. Allergy testing may be required for certain types of fillers used.
The best treatment for marionette lines will vary from individual to individual. It is best to consult a skin specialist so he or she can examine the marionette lines to determine which treatment will be most effective.
How can Marionette lines be prevented?
Use a high quality sunscreen daily. The most effective sunscreens will be the ones that are labeled as broad spectrum, as they offer both UVA and UVB ray protection. Limit exposure in the sun, avoiding the sun’s rays from 10 am to 4 pm. Wear sun glasses with a broad rimmed hat if being out in the sun is must during the peak hours.