How Can I Get Rid of Marionette Lines?

Effects of ageing, frown scowl linesFacial aging is all about the formation of various lines and creases. Some of them, like marionette lines, can make the face appear long and droopy, which is not a good look, to say the least. Marionette lines are the creases that start at the corners of the mouth and eventually extend downward to the chin. Sometimes they are called laugh lines. The cosmetic effect of these creases is no laughing matter, though. Here, we discuss what you might do to address them.

Skin Care for Marionette Lines

The aging face is in need of continual support. This comes from good sleep, hydration, and diligent sun protection. It comes from eating healthy foods and learning to manage stress. It also comes in the form of quality skincare products. When making choices for your skin, choose items with powerful ingredients such as:

  • Antioxidants. You want to eat or consume antioxidants, and you also want to apply them to your skin daily. Examples include vitamin C and vitamin E. These substances fight the oxidative stress that causes the skin to age more quickly.
  • Vitamin B3 or niacinamide. These ingredients help support optimal tissue elasticity.
  • Hyaluronic acid. A hyaluronic acid serum is highly moisturizing and also supports healthy collagen.
  • Collagen peptides can help address the natural breakdown of collagen in the skin.
  • Retinoids. You want retinoids in skincare products to help support cellular turnover.

Need an Intervention for Your Skin?

Once you start seeing marionette lines at the corners of your mouth, it's go-time. While your skincare routine can slow the process of aging, these creases may continue to worsen over time. A dermatologist can develop a personal treatment plan based on your needs and preferences. Here, marionette lines may be treated with:

Dermal Fillers

Dermal filler treatment takes less than half an hour and provides instant results. These are two of the prominent reasons that fillers are so popular. To reduce marionette lines using dermal fillers, the provider may inject the product directly beneath the creases, into the lips, and may also look at the cheek area. Lines around the nose and mouth may be worsened by deflation in the mid-face. By enhancing the contour and height of the cheekbones, dermal fillers may slightly elevate the skin that is contributing to marionette lines.

Botox or Dysport

Botox and Dysport are two of the most popular neuromodulator products used today. They are most known for smoothing dynamic wrinkles in the upper face. Rarely do we hear of their use in the lower face. Alas, marionette lines may be caused in part by the pull of the depressor muscles at the sides of the face. By relaxing these muscles, a neuromodulator can release the skin from its downward descent.


One of the primary reasons we experience the cosmetic side effects of aging is that our body stops producing adequate amounts of collagen. Without collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production in high gear, the skin becomes thin and loose. Microneedling is an excellent treatment option for marionette lines because it stimulates a profound amount of collagen, which can help rebuild the skin and slow the progression of lines and wrinkles.

Marionette lines can be a frustrating cosmetic concern. They don't have to be so difficult to correct. With professional help, you can discover the perfect treatment or combination of treatments to keep your face looking fresh and vibrant. To schedule treatment for marionette lines, contact us at 206-859-5777 or book an appointment here.

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