Marionette lines, also known as puppet lines or oral commissure lines, are a common sign of ageing that can affect the appearance of the face. These lines are named after marionette puppets, as they resemble the lines that extend from the corners of the mouth to the chin, giving the face a sad or drooping appearance. Marionette lines develop due to a combination of factors, including natural ageing, loss of skin elasticity, and repetitive facial expressions. However, there are effective treatments available to address these lines and restore a more youthful and vibrant appearance.
Causes of Marionette Lines:
Several factors contribute to the development of marionette lines:
Ageing: As we age, the skin’s production of collagen and elastin decreases, leading to a loss of skin firmness and elasticity. This results in the formation of wrinkles and lines, including marionette lines.
Sun Exposure: Prolonged sun exposure can accelerate skin ageing and the breakdown of collagen, exacerbating the appearance of marionette lines.
Genetics: Some individuals may be more prone to developing marionette lines due to their genetic predisposition.
Facial Expressions: Repetitive facial movements, such as frowning or squinting, can contribute to the formation of lines over time.
Marionette Lines Treatment with Dermal Fillers:
Dermal fillers have become a popular and effective option for treating marionette lines. These fillers are typically made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps retain moisture and add volume to the skin.
The treatment process with dermal fillers typically involves the following steps:
Consultation: Before proceeding with any treatment, it’s essential to have a consultation with Dr Bhavjit Kaur. She will assess your facial anatomy, discuss your goals, and determine if dermal fillers are the right option for you.
Preparation: On the day of the treatment, the area around the marionette lines will be cleansed, and a topical numbing cream may be applied to minimise discomfort during the procedure.
Injection: The dermal filler will be skillfully injected into the targeted areas along the marionette lines. Dr Bhavjit will strategically place the filler to restore volume, lift the skin, and smooth out the lines.
Results: The results of dermal fillers for marionette lines are usually visible immediately, although there may be some minor swelling or redness that subsides within a few days.
Benefits of Dermal Fillers for Marionette Lines:
Natural-looking results: Dermal fillers can provide subtle and natural-looking enhancements, avoiding an overdone appearance.
Non-surgical: Dermal filler treatments are non-invasive and typically require little to no downtime, making them a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles.
Longevity: The effects of dermal fillers can last from several months to a year, depending on the type of filler used and individual factors.
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Dr Bhavjit Kaur
Dr Bhavjit Kaur is an Aesthetic Physician, with over 27 years of clinical experience. She is a postgraduate in Pathology, Biomedical sciences, DRCOG, DFSRH and Cosmetic Medicine.