What are marionette lines?
Marionette lines are the lines from the corner of the mouth to the chin, shown in the image below. As we age these lines become deeper and can give a sad appearance to the lower face. Marionette lines can be treated with dermal filler. Think of dermal filler as a product that can either replace lost volume or reduce shadows in areas where you did not used to have shadows.
The diagram below shows marionette lines in a 60 year old person.
How are marionette lines treated?
Dermal filler can be places in the marionette lines to provide more support for the area to reduce the appearance of the lines. Treatment of the marionette area can lift the mouth corners and prevent downturning of the mouth which can sometimes give a glum appearance to the lower face.
How much will the treatment cost?
We usually recommend starting with 1.0ml – 2.0ml of dermal filler to this area, with a view to reassessing the treatment after 10 days. Dermal filler costs from $550 – $880 depending on the product used. Have a read of our cost page for an idea of price.
How do we treat marionette lines?
Marionette lines can be treated with dermal filler. We numb the area well with anaesthetic gel for 20 minutes before injecting threads of dermal filler into the shadowed area. Dermal filler replaces the lost volume and reduces the appearance of marionette lines. Effects should last upwards of 12 months, depending on the filler used.
Maroinette dermal filler before/after photos
In the photo below, our patient has had dermal filler to the marionette lines and cheeks.
What are the risks of treating marionette lines?
The marionette area can be prone to bruising, and this bruising risk is increased if you are taking warfarin or aspirin. Do not stop medication without first asking your Doctor for advice. If needed – contact us directly for advice.