What’s your best feature? Ask yourself. Or ask your friends or your partner. The answer is often the same – your smile.
Your smile has been scientifically proven to make the people around you happier – even strangers. It’s worth looking after, if you can.
As the skin ages, lots of people find that their face starts to look a little more…well, serious. Some of this is due to the continuous pressures of adult life. However, for some people, their serious look is increased due to marionette lines – facial wrinkles that start at the corners of the mouth and run downwards towards the jaw. These can create the impression that you’re frowning – even when your face is at rest.
What Causes Marionette Lines?
Repetitive facial expressions. Are you a lip-purser? Repetitive facial expressions involving the mouth and jawline (such as lip-pursing) place the tissues around the mouth under strain. Over time, this strain begins to affect the skin’s elasticity, causing it to droop, sag, and wrinkle.
Genetics. There’s evidence to suggest that marionette lines are an inherited genetic trait, along with other skin features. However, the evidence is inconclusive, and offers no guarantee that you’ll inherit your parent’s wrinkles. And even if you’re genetically predisposed towards marionette lines, they can still be treated.
External factors, e.g. weathering or nutrition. These factors will affect the health of your skin generally, and will play a large part in the formation and deepening of wrinkles elsewhere on the face and body.
How To Get Rid Of Marionette Lines
Fortunately, there’s a lot of things you can do to combat and alleviate marionette lines. A strong self-care routine can help prevent their formation – things like;
- Lots of sleep
- No smoking
- Careful hydration
- A good skincare regime, using retinol-based creams
- A healthy diet, with lots of antioxidants (fruit, green leafy vegetables, fish, and nuts)
However, if marionette lines have already begun to form despite your best efforts at self-care, then there are treatments available to help you get rid of marionette lines.
For very fine lines, there are various treatments to stimulate collagen production in the affected areas, such as microneedling.
For deeper, more pronounced wrinkles we recommend marionette lines filler.
Marionette line fillers are small injections of hyaluronic acid into sites around the corners of the mouth. This firms the skin, lifts the smile and smooths out any unwanted creases that may have appeared, giving your mouth and the surrounding area a more youthful, lifted appearance.
Marionette lines filler works instantaneously, with no downtime required after treatment. It only takes 15-30 minutes to complete the treatment, and you can expect the results to last for up to nine months. It is essential that you book a consultation first, in order for our experienced clinicians to assess and advise you on the best course of treatment for your specific skin requirements.