There are many signs of aging that can alter a person’s appearance and contribute to a more worn down look. One of the most dramatic of these is marionette lines. Marionette lines are deep creases that begin at the corners of the mouth and extend down toward the chin. These lines are named after the exaggerated features of a marionette puppet. Dr. Dustin Heringer can reduce marionette lines to restore a more refreshed appearance. Dr. Heringer offers skin treatments to enhance the appearance of the skin without surgery, along with facelift surgery to lift and repair sagging facial skin and loose facial muscles. Dr. Heringer is happy to discuss treatments for marionette lines with his Scottsdale, AZ patients. After a consultation, he can determine which option is most appropriate for the patient’s specific needs and desires.
Skin Treatments for Marionette Lines
Skin treatments are a great option for patients who want to soften the appearance of marionette lines and restore a more youthful appearance without undergoing invasive surgery. While facial plastic surgery is the most effective solution for marionette lines, skin treatments can provide surprisingly successful results, especially for patients whose marionette lines aren’t as deep or defined. Below are some of the skin treatments that Dr. Heringer may offer to patients who are concerned about the presence of marionette lines:
- Laser resurfacing: Laser resurfacing is an advanced skin treatment that uses CO2 fractional lasers to remove damaged layers of skin. This procedure can be used to specifically target deep lines and creases, such as marionette lines. In addition to resurfacing the skin, this laser treatment also stimulates collagen production. Alone, laser resurfacing can soften marionette lines and give the facial skin a more vibrant appearance. For greater results, laser resurfacing can also be performed alongside a facelift.
- Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers are another cosmetic treatment that can significantly reduce the appearance of marionette lines. Dr. Heringer offers JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® dermal fillers, both of which are hyaluronic acid-based gels. These fillers are injected beneath the skin to fill in creases that are left behind when the fat cells in the face are depleted. Dermal fillers plump the skin to improve facial contours and diminish signs of wrinkles and creases. They are especially effective on marionette lines.
Marionette lines are a side effect of aging, and are a result of diminished fat cells, loss of skin elasticity, and sagging of the underlying facial muscles. A facelift addresses all of these concerns to restore a more youthful appearance. Dr. Heringer uses the SMAS facelift technique, which involves correcting the position of the superficial musculoaponeurotic system. This technique minimizes facial aging while resulting in a natural appearance. In addition to eliminating marionette lines, a facelift can lift sagging skin and fill in sunken facial features. This is a great treatment option for patients who wish to dramatically refresh their appearance.
Schedule an Appointment
Marionette lines can age a person’s appearance and leave them looking constantly worn down. Fortunately, there are many cosmetic treatments that can diminish or erase these creases and give patients a more refreshed appearance. To learn more about the treatments for marionette lines, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience.