Marionette lines

In micro-droplets


    15–30 minutes


    Minimal, up to 24 hours


    18 months


    Bruising, swelling, lumps


    Avoid touching or makeup for four hours


    Cannula and needle


    £415 for 1ml

Our eyes may be drawn to the mouth, the lips and the smile, especially when framed by perfectly contoured, blemish-free skin. In women, these are seen as essentially feminine traits.

Of the many wrinkles that can creep up on us and give away our age are the so-called marionette lines, the long downward creases that commonly develop on each side of the chin, giving a look similar to that of the string puppets from which they get their name.

While they can be caused by lifestyle factors, they can also be an inevitable part of natural ageing. But it is possible to temporarily reduce their appearance with a number of treatments, including injections of dermal fillers which, encouragingly, have good longevity.

Injections are popular solutions for wrinkles around the mouth and eyes. Botox is effective for relaxing the facial muscles, although dermal fillers are often used for conditions in their early stages, helping to plump your skin with hyaluronic acid.

How do marionette lines occur?
The skin around your mouth is more prone to wrinkling than the rest of your face because it’s thinner. These lines in particular are caused by two factors: the breakdown of collagen and a loss of elastin that leads to the loosening of skin in the lower part of the face.

Does this affect only older people?
Although they can be age-related, you may notice them as early as your late 30s or early 40s. They’re barely visible at first but gradually become deep and noticeable.

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