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Marionette Lines

“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 with 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.

  • Marionette Lines Treatment
    from $550
    with 1ml Dermal Filler

Treating Marionette Lines

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. A marionette line treatment goal is to soften their appearance, rejuvenating that part of your face.

Who is suitable to have this treatment?

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.

What to Expect

The marionette lines are treated with dermal filler injections during an office visit lasting under an hour. Several types of injectable filler products are commonly used for marionette lines. Fillers come in a few different types; permanent, semi-permanent and non-permanent. By far, the most common is non-permanent because its effects are temporary and can be easily reversed. Permanent filler can only be removed surgically. Each filler differs in the exact manner in which it builds up volume under the skin and the length of time it remains in the cheeks.

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, clients can leave the clinic 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 clients opt to undergo regular injections to maintain their smooth appearance.

Possible Risks and Complications

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.

It is also possible for the treatment to result in asymmetry, usually caused by uneven injections into each marionette line. This can be avoided by choosing a skilled practitioner to deliver the injections. The injected dermal filler can also migrate into lumps underneath the skin. These can often be massaged away to redistribute the filler. To reduce the likelihood of these uneven lumps, avoid rubbing or touching the treated area for several days after receiving dermal filler injections.

Rough Costs Involved

This treatment begins at $550, which includes 1mL of dermal filler. Clients with particularly deep or prominent marionette lines may require an additional ml of product to achieve their desired results. Schedule a free consultation visit to discuss your treatment specifics and obtain a personalised price estimate.