Marionette lines are the long vertical folds that run down from the corners of the lips to the chin, like those accentuated on a ventriloquist’s dummy – hence the “marionette” moniker. Age genetics, diet, smoking and environmental conditions are all contributing factors to the formation of marionette lines.
Treatment using dermal filler injections is highly effective, smoothing out the affected area by plumping it with a naturally-derived material that has no harsh or lasting effects on the skin. Dermal fillers give the face a natural look, and the procedure for application is very short – about half an hour – and will last for months. Typically, the improvement of marionette lines involves a plan of injecting small amounts of filler into the affected area once a month, until both physician and patient are satisfied with the appearance. Refills are then spaced out over longer periods – often 6 monthly or yearly.