Is it possible to correct marionette lines without fillers?
Best marionette lines treatment, West Malling, Kent
As we age, our skin starts to lose elasticity, and the underlying tissues that support our skin begin to weaken. This can cause wrinkles and lines to form, including marionette lines. Marionette lines are the wrinkles that form from the corners of our mouths down to our chin, giving the appearance of puppet strings. These lines can be a source of frustration for many people, but fortunately, there are treatments available to help reduce their appearance.
What causes marionette lines?
Marionette lines are caused by a combination of factors, including genetics, sun exposure, and the natural ageing process. As we age, the collagen and elastin fibres in our skin break down, leading to a loss of skin elasticity. This causes the skin to sag and wrinkles to form, leading to the development of marionette lines and many other ageing concerns.
Treatments for marionette lines
There are several treatments available to help reduce the appearance of marionette lines. Not all of them involve the use of injectables, but fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can be very helpful for improving their appearance.
One of the most popular treatments for marionette lines is the use of dermal fillers. These injectable gels are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body. Dermal fillers can help plump up the skin, filling in the hollow areas around the mouth and chin and reducing the appearance of marionette lines.
Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, is a treatment that creates very small holes in the skin to help generate a stronger skin framework. A practitioner uses a dermaroller or microneedling pen, a tool that contains small needles to create these small holes in the target area of the skin.
When applied to deep marionette lines, microneedling may help generate more collagen to improve the appearance of these deeper facial wrinkles. Depending on the results you’re looking to achieve, you’ll need to repeat microneedling several times.
Another popular treatment for marionette lines is Botox injections. Botox is a neurotoxin that works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles. By injecting small amounts of Botox into the muscles around the mouth and chin, it can help smooth out marionette lines by lifting the mouth corners, and could prevent them from getting worse.
Skin tightening treatments work by applying heat to deep layers of the skin to boost collagen production. Profound RF is a non-surgical advanced needling treatment that does this exceptionally well. Using radiofrequency microneedling, Profound RF stimulates collagen production to tighten and smooth wrinkles on the face, making it particularly effective for lines around the mouth.
Profound RF can deliver radiofrequency to the precise layer in the skin where the maximal effect will occur without damaging the overlying superficial layers of skin. The scientists who developed the technology were able to calculate that maximum collagen and elastin stimulation occurs when the deeper layers are heated to 67 degrees for precisely 4 seconds. Profound RF is the only technology that can monitor the skin’s temperature in real-time, allowing for precise control of these optimal parameters. This precise control gives Profound RF a more reliable clinical response than other non-surgical skin tightening technologies.
Sofwave is an ultrasound device which is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to remodel collagen. It uses Parallel Beam Technology to heat the tissue in the mid-dermis (the lower layers of skin), which triggers the body’s healing response and stimulates new collagen production with zero downtime. It’s an excellent solution for treating mild to moderate fine lines and wrinkles, sagging neck skin, and mild jowling around the jawline with little or no downtime.
Preventing marionette lines
While it’s not always possible to prevent marionette lines from forming, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. These include:
Wearing sunscreen every day
Sun exposure can accelerate the ageing process and contributes to the development of wrinkles. Be sure to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even on cloudy days.
Optimising your diet
Drinking lots of water can keep your skin hydrated but eating the right foods can also help keep your skin healthy in the long term. Anti-inflammatory foods, such as colourful fruits and vegetables, fish, and unprocessed grains, may be especially beneficial. Following a low sugar diet will also reduce glycation of your skin’s proteins, reducing wrinkle formation.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.