Marionette lines, also known as laughing lines, are a rather common occurrence as people age. They are the vertical folds that run from the corner of the mouth to the chin. They may not cause any pain or discomfort, but they sure do detract from one’s appearance! It is no wonder then that many people look for a cure to these lines. After all, who wants to appear sad and angry all the time even when this is not the case?
There are many treatment options for marionette lines such as:
These vary in terms of effectiveness and how long their effects last. They also have different advantages and carry various risks with them. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another, which is why it is difficult to label anyone treatment method as the best. Here are some of the rather popular marionette lines treatment options with before and after photos for some of them.
1. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are natural fibers that are injected around the marionette lines. These fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which attracts moisture and plumps out the affected area. Since marionette lines are caused by the loss of skin elasticity as well as the depletion of fats on facial skin, adding volume to the face instantly smoothens out these lines thus restoring your face to its youthful appearance.
It might appear as though dermal fillers are the ideal and quick solution to marionette lines, right? But that is not entirely the case. There are various disadvantages that come with this treatment method.
First, if you do not particularly like getting injections, this treatment method may not be good for you. Injectable fillers can only be administered by injections: there is no way around this. Secondly, the effects of dermal fillers last only for some time, after which you have to get another injection. Some may last for only six months: others last for even two years. Regardless, you must get another shot once the time has elapsed or else the stubborn lines will be back on your face.
Marionette Lines Before And After Applying Dermal Fillers:
So before we show you anything, we have done some research and we got these pictures from other websites like ddermatologists’ sites… etc, you’ll see the source of every image beneath it to give credit to the original source and to check more photos for yourself.
Facelifts are an ideal treatment option where the laughing lines in question are deeply entrenched in the skin. Like an ordinary facelift, removing marionette lines through facelifts involves tightening the skin around the mouth to get rid of the lines. It is usually done as a general procedure of skin tightening even in areas such as the neck and the jawline. However, it is still possible to have the procedure solely for removing laughing lines.
Facelifts are popular because their effects last for long. You don’t have to worry about undergoing the procedure every so often. In fact, it may be years before you feel the need to have another facelift.
On the downside, facelifts are considered one of the most invasive treatment methods for puppet lines. They are a surgical procedure like any other and carry with them the risk of excessive bleeding and infection, although the risk is extremely low.
Marionette Lines Before And After Applying Facelift Surgery:
3. Botox Fillers
Botox fillers greatly resemble dermal fillers, which is why many people can rarely tell them apart. After all, the procedure for administering them is virtually the same- injections. But that is about as far as the similarities go.
Botox fillers contain a neurotoxin known as Botulin. The neurotoxin helps to paralyze the activities of certain facial muscles. This helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds on the skin.
However, research shows that Botox injections are not as effective a treatment for marionette lines. In fact, they rarely do a thing to minimize the appearance of nasolabial folds. They are ideal for the upper part of the face, such as the eyebrows and the skin around the eyes, but the same can hardly be said for puppet lines. Botox shots will also not work well for deep marionette lines.
Like dermal fillers, Botox injections can also cause bruising as well as other minor discomforts. Additionally, you will have to get the injections regularly as their effects wear out after a while.
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Although they are still used to treat marionette lines and do work wonderfully for some people, they are generally not the best treatment option. In particular, the injections will not help if the lines appear when there is facial movement. However, if the lines are simply present on a resting face, Botox shots may be able to help some.
Marionette Lines Before And After Botox:
4. Topical Creams
These are the mildest, least invasive treatment methods for marionette lines. Equally, they are virtually the least effective and take a long time to show any results. A typical topical cream contains retinol and collagen, both of which help increase skin elasticity as well as reduce skin sagging. Some creams even contain Alpha-hydroxy acid which helps to increase volume, thus smoothening out the puppet lines.
With topical creams, you must not expect instant change. In fact, if you want to see any results, it is imperative that you use the creams on a regular basis. Failure to use the creams as instructed will have little impact on the appearance of marionette lines.
On the bright side, in case you do experience any side-effects of the creams, you can always stop using them immediately. This can hardly be said of other treatment options. Additionally, the creams are mild and are highly unlikely to harm your skin.
we couldn’t find before and after photos for this kind of treatment since it’s less effective or popular.
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Choosing a treatment method for marionette lines can be quite challenging. Not only are there countless treatment options (the four discussed above are barely scratching the surface), but each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes, a combination of two treatment methods is actually recommended, such as Botox and dermal filler combo. Nevertheless, it is up to you to decide what works well, with heavy reliance on your doctor’s advice.
Besides the medical treatment options, you can also make changes to your lifestyle that could help minimize these lines. For instance, avoid exposing your skin to the sun unnecessarily, quit smoking and engage in facial exercise. All these can greatly minimize the appearance of marionette lines.