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Treating Earlobe Deformities

Treating Earlobe Deformities
The earlobes are important facial features that form an integral part of the overall facial aesthetic. Because of this, deformed earlobes (such as asymmetrical earlobes or earlobes that are too large) are a major cause of concern. This article will discuss the anatomy of the earlobes, the common conditions associated with the earlobes, and the non-surgical procedures used to treat them. Before treating the earlobes, it is important to understand the external ear anatomy. The external ear consists of the ear canal and pinna (also referred to as the auricle). The auricle is the visible part of ear that is comprised of skin-covered cartilage. The components of the auricle include the concha, tragus, lobule, antihelix, and helix. The human earlobe is made of adipose connective tissues and tough areolar, meaning that it lacks the elasticity and firmness of the auricle. Essentially, there are 2 forms of earlobes: unattached (where the lower lobe is not connected to the chee ...

Determining Dermal Filler Doses: Selection of Product & Technique

Determining Dermal Filler Doses: Selection of Product & Technique
While some treatments, such as botulinum toxin, are fairly straightforward when it comes to standard dosing, there are no standard doses for cosmetic procedures like dermal fillers. The desired treatment outcome (and the volume of filler required) varies greatly among patients. Simply put, filler injections are more of an art form, while the administration of botulinum toxin is more scientific and technical in nature. In this article, we will discuss the doses of dermal filler used in the treatment of marionette lines and nasolabial folds. We will also discuss the different techniques for administering dermal fillers. Marionettes lines and nasolabial folds Marionette lines occur between the lips and the chin, while nasolabial lines occur between the nose and the mouth. Despite this difference in placement, they are quite similar. Often caused by the natural aging process, these lines and folds are formed when the soft tissue volume of the central face is lost. With this, ...

Juvederm for Marionette Lines: Causes, Treatment and Results

Juvederm for Marionette Lines: Causes, Treatment and Results
What are marionette lines? Marionette lines are the vertical lines that run from the corner of the mouth down to the jawline along the chin. They get their name due to their resemblance to the chin of marionette dolls. On humans, these lines can make people appear old or even unhappy. As these lines usually develop due to aging, they can also be accompanied by dry and dull skin that further contributes to a tired, aged appearance. Due to their proximity to the mouth, these lines are often associated with the facial expressions we make, from smiling to pursing our lips, and are therefore often confused with smile or laugh lines. What causes marionette lines? There are many factors that contribute to the development of marionette lines in the skin. As previously mentioned, repeated facial movements—or, more specifically, movements with the lips and mouth—can play a role, as can sun exposure and environmental or lifestyle factors such as smoking and stress. However, th ...