Correcting Marionette Lines with Restylane: Treatment Guidelines

As we age, many new lines form in the skin that may not have been present when we were young. One area that is particularly affected by lines and wrinkles due to the aging process is the mouth region, and one of the most commonly treated imperfection in the mouth area are the marionette lines. The marionettes lines are the lines that run vertically from the corner of the mouth along the chin, down to the jawline. As the name suggests, they resemble the obvious lines on the chin of marionette dolls. However, the lines on human can contribute to a prematurely aged appearance, or can make individuals look tired or unhappy.

Why do marionette lines form?

There are many contributing factors to the formation of marionette lines. One contributing cause is repeated facial movements and expressions in the lip and mouth area—this is one of the reasons why smokers may be more susceptible to these lines, as they are often pursing their lips. Exposure to sun and harsh environments may also weaken the skin and contribute to the premature appearance of marionette lines. The number one cause of marionette lines is age. The process of aging takes its toll on many parts of our body, and the skin is no exception. Essential proteins and nutrients such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are not as readily produced, thus the skin becomes less firm and hydrated and less structurally supported. This leads to dull, dry skin that is more susceptible to sagging and the formation of permanent lines, wrinkles, and folds.

How does Restylane for marionette lines work?

Restylane is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that is designed to imitate the body’s depleted stores of hyaluronic acid. By replacing the hyaluronic acid that has been lost due to aging, Restylane is able to add instant plumping and volume within the skin, effectively smoothing out marionette lines for a younger, line-free appearance. Restylane is most effective on moderate to severe marionette lines, and will provide immediate results.

How long does Restylane for marionette lines last?

The longevity of effects will vary by every patient, as factors such as age, lifestyle, severity of correction, and injection technique used all contribute to how quickly the hyaluronic acid will be broken down by the body. On average, patients can expect Restylane for marionette lines to last for approximately 6 to 9 months. However, patients can receive touch up treatments to maintain results, and many patients have found that results can last over 18 months with retreatment at four and nine months.

Side effects

Restylane is a safe and effective treatment for marionette lines and has been approved by the FDA for such use. However, there are still some mild, temporary side effects that may occur as a result of treatment. The most common side effects reported include:

  • Swelling;
  • Redness;
  • Pain;
  • Bruising;
  • Tenderness
  • Itching at injection site.

These reactions are all temporary and will resolve without intervention within 14 days at the most.