May 1
By William P. Baugh

A couple on the beach togetherMarionette lines are the deep wrinkles that travel down from the corners of your lower lips to the sides of the chin. They are called marionette lines since they resemble the lines scene on marionettes and ventriloquist dummies.

These kinds of wrinkles and lines can be very off-putting, which is why there are many different treatments that may be used to address these matters. At Full Spectrum Dermatology, patients around the Fullerton area can count on our team for advanced non-surgical cosmetic treatment using dermal fillers as well as other options. Let's consider these matters in more detail right now.

The Common Causes of Marionette Lines

The most common causes of marionette lines include:

  • The aging processing
  • Genetic predispositions
  • Poor diet
  • Environmental factors
  • Smoking

Dermal Filler Injections to Address Marionette Lines

Dermal filler injections refer to different kinds of solutions that are injected directly into a person's skin. Thanks to dermal filler injections, volume can be added to the treatment area and the overall appearance enhanced in the process. This means deep lines are filled and wrinkles are made to disappear.

The effects of dermal filler injections can last for several months depending on the type of filler that is used. There is no downtime after a dermal filler injection treatment, and it can be repeated as needed every few months to maintain excellent results.

Fat Transfer Injections to Address Marionette Lines

Fat transfer injections work on a similar principle as dermal fillers, but instead of using special cosmetic solutions, this process uses a patient's own body fat. Liposuction is performed in order to remove a little bit of body fat. This fat is then purified and injected into a different part of the body, helping add volume, reduce wrinkles, and enhance overall appearance.

Some of the transferred body fat will be reabsorbed into the body following treatment, but most of it will remain in place, offering natural, volume-enhancing results.

Lower Facelift Surgery for Marionette Lines

If non-surgical treatments are not ideal for a patient, it is possible to undergo a lower facelift to reduce sagging in and around the jowls and chin area. This will involve incisions hidden behind the lower portions of the ears, through which excess fat is removed and loose skin is pulled tighter. A neck lift could also be recommended in order to reduce the sagging of the neckline.

Which treatment option would be best for me?

Many patients find that non-surgical treatments are more ideal since there is little to no downtime from these sorts of procedures and the results are quite natural and yet dramatic. However, surgery may be more ideal for patients who suffer from more pronounced marionette lines.

A consultation is important to assess the patient's situation and how his or her needs can best be met.

Learn More About Cosmetic Skin Care Treatments

For more information about aesthetic treatments for facial lines and wrinkles, it's important that you contact our skin care and cosmetic dermatology center today. The team at Full Spectrum Dermatology looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all of your aesthetic goals.

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