Although the puppets on strings called marionettes are not seen as often as they once were, if you have lines extending from the corner of your mouth and down your chin, you have marionette lines. Despite the name, marionette lines do not conjure up images of happy toys. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Marionette lines can be a significant source of frustration as we age. The lines give the appearance of a perpetual frown, sending the wrong message to the people around you. Dr. Rueda at Precision Medical Specialists can take years off your appearance with marionette line treatments.

Get Rid of Nasolabial Folds

Nasolabial folds are creases that run from the side of the nose down to the corner of your mouth. Normal aging processes relax the muscles in our face and collagen production slows, so we lose the cushion beneath our skin that fills out the face. As gravity exerts downward forces, the relaxed muscles continue to migrate, giving our skin a slack appearance and creating folds. Even if you aren’t moving your jaw, these processes continue to take place. This is why it is so difficult to get rid of nasolabial folds, and the best results come from surgical intervention.

Interestingly, genetics play a large part in developing lines, and some people see the first signs of marionette lines as early as their 20s. Some lifestyle factors can help slow down how soon the lines worsen, including wearing sunscreen, quitting smoking, staying hydrated and maintaining a proper skincare routine.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgery

Depending on your age, treatment for marionette lines and nasolabial folds can be as conservative as prescription creams to stimulate collagen production and increase cell turnover. Moderate but temporary solutions include dermal fillers, neuromodulators, laser treatments and micro-needling. These procedures are often alternated to get the greatest benefits of skin tightening and collagen building.

When your marionette lines or nasolabial folds are pronounced, you can trust Dr. Rueda to perform a surgical facelift that will give you beautiful, natural results. With published articles in peer-reviewed journals, his artistic and detail-oriented style makes him a highly sought-after plastic surgeon. For a client-centered experience and exceptional results, contact the West Palm office today and get rid of the marionette lines for good.