Treatment Options for Marionette Lines By info on December 29, 2015

An older woman smilingDr. Ken Smart offers excellent wrinkle-reduction and anti-aging treatments at his Dallas face surgery and cosmetic skin care center. He takes a state-of-the-art approach to facial rejuvenation, considering all options from all angles.

Marionette lines are one of the major signs of old age. Let's discuss them in a bit more detail right now.

What Are Marionette Lines?

Marionette lines are among the most telltale signs of old age and premature aging. These lines are the ones that are formed at the corners of the mouth extending downward to the chin and jawline. They get their name because they resemble the articulation lines around the mouths of marionettes and ventriloquist dummies.

Why Do Marionette Lines Form?

As part of the natural aging process, the movement and interaction of the muscles, skin, collagen, and so forth can result in a number of changes to your face. As time goes by, it's not uncommon for people to experience a loss in volume of the cheeks, lips, and other parts of the face. This leads to sagging skin, the formation of jowls, and the deepening of other facial lines and wrinkles.

Not everyone will experience pronounced marionette lines as part of the aging process, but if they do, we have a number of options to consider to address these matters.

Lower Facelift Surgery Can Be Helpful

When marionette lines form as a result of serious jowls and the drooping and sagging of the skin in the lower regions of the face, facial surgery can be helpful. In particular, patients may benefit from undergoing a lower facelift. The lower facelift involves incisions made around the lower portion of the ear, allowing surgeons to tighten the facial skin and improve overall appearance in the process.

Will There Be Visible Scarring After a Lower Facelift?

Scarring from the lower facelift procedure is typically minimal and well-hidden thanks to the placement of the incisions relative to the ears.

Dermal Filler Injections Offer a Non-Surgical Solution

If patients with marionette lines would prefer to avoid undergoing surgery, a great option to consider is the use of dermal filler injections. Dermal fillers are a class of cosmetic injections that are designed to add volume to the patient's face. By doing this, lines are filled, sagging is reduced, and patients look much younger as a result. There are many different kinds of dermal fillers, and we can discuss which may be best for you during a consultation.

How Long Do Dermal Filler Results Last?

While dermal fillers do not offer permanent revision of sagging and wrinkles in the way facial surgery does, the results of injection treatments last several months and in some cases longer.

Which Treatment Is Right for Me?

Both facial plastic surgery and dermal fillers can lead to great overall cosmetic results. With that in mind, however, no two patients are alike. It's important to visit with a skilled cosmetic surgeon to receive a customized treatment plan and learn which option may be better for you and your situation.

Contact Dr. Ken Smart

If you would like to learn about your treatment options for facial lines and wrinkles, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Ken Smart and the entire team here looks forward to your visit and helping you look your absolute best.

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  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Texas Medical Association

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