Treatment for Marionette Lines: No Strings to Tie You Down
Mar 8, 2016 @ 05:13 PM — by Dina Eliopoulos
Dr. Dina Eliopoulos is a leading cosmetic surgeon and skin care specialist. Focusing on patient wellness and satisfaction, she has helped countless people in and around Chelmsford look their very best.
While a facelift can reduce lines and wrinkles, and often dramatically, there are many other treatments that can help you look your very best. With that in mind, let's consider marionette lines and what kinds of surgical and non-surgical procedures can help get rid of them.
About Marionette Lines
Named after the lines found on marionettes and ventriloquist dummies, marionette lines are the vertical lines that start at the sides of the mouth and extend down to the sides of the chin. These kinds of facial lines can be quite off-putting and the source of major self-consciousness.
What Causes Marionette Lines?
There are many different causes of marionette lines. Some of the most common are as follows:
- The natural aging process
- Excessive weight loss
- Sun damage
- Environmental factors
- Poor diet habits
It's important to note that facial lines may also be the result of genetic factors and family history. In other words, if your parents had issues with these kinds of facial lines, you may as well.
Treating Marionette Lines with Dermal Filler Injections
Dermal filler injections are an excellent option to consider for marionette lines. Dermal fillers are cosmetic solutions that add volume to the injection site. This plumps up the site being treated, filling in folds and hollows and making a person's face appear supple and more youthful.
There are different kinds of dermal fillers available depending on your facial rejuvenation needs. Overall, the results of dermal filler injections last several months, and additional injections can be performed to prolong the anti-aging effects.
Treating Marionette Lines with Fat Transfer Injections
Fat transfer injections are another option to consider for marionette lines. In essence, this process is just what it sounds like: it transfers fat from one part of a person's body to another. Also known as microlipoinjection, fat transfer injection first involves a liposuction procedure. This is to harvest fat to use during the procedure. The body fat (typically from the abdomen or buttocks) is then purified and injected into the face to serve much like dermal fillers.
The results of fat transfer injections can last longer than several months, and any fat that doesn't remain in the injection site is safely reabsorbed into the body.
Treating Marionette Lines with Lower Facelift Surgery
If non-surgical injection therapies are not ideal for a patient, it is possible to undergo a lower facelift procedure. This surgery will help reduce any sagging in and around the jowls and chin area and reduce the appearance of marionette lines.
This facial procedure will involve incisions hidden behind the lower portions of the ears, through which excess fat is removed and loose skin is pulled tighter. Given the location of the incisions, scarring is minimal and well-hidden.
Which Treatment Is the Right One for Me?
Since there are different options to choose from, the best way to determine the right one for you is to visit the practice for a consultation. We'll be more than happy to answer any and all questions you may have to ensure that you receive the proper treatment for your needs.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Dina Eliopoulos
To learn more about treating and preventing various facial lines and wrinkles, be sure to contact our cosmetic skin care specialists at the Center for Plastic Surgery today. Dr. Dina Eliopoulos and her team look forward to discussing your marionette line treatment options with you in greater detail.