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“Marionette lines” is a term for a common problem, but these lines aren’t your typical face wrinkle. They can change your facial expression and sometimes make you look mad or unhappy when you’re not. 


You know those little lines that begin at the corners of your mouth and extend down your chin? That’s what we’re talking about. 


These creases get their name from puppets called marionettes and the lines that make the puppets’ mouths open and close. They often develop with age, as other wrinkles do, but there are a few preventive steps you can take to slow their development or make them less profound. 


Whether you’re genetically predisposed to develop these lines (some people are), you’ve developed them simply due to age, or you’re trying to proactively prevent them, we’ve got some tips for you.

Causes Of Marionette Lines

The same external factors that cause marionette lines also tend to be bad for the skin in general: smoking, stress and sun exposure. All of these factors can cause lasting damage to the skin’s surface and the underlying structure.


Less permanent factors, but still problematic ones are lack of sleep, improper skin care, poor nutrition, and not maintaining proper hydration. Develop smart practices to maintain a healthy lifestyle that focuses on the overall health of your body to contribute to better-looking skin with diminished visible signs of ageing.


Just like other aspects of your physical appearance, genetics could play a role in whether or not you develop marionette lines and how pronounced they become. 


In addition to genetics, there are other factors that can affect how defined marionette lines become, like being in the sun a lot or the habit of pursing your lips. 


Plus, any wrinkle develops or becomes worse due to a loss of skin elasticity. As you age, collagen and elastin (two crucial skin components) begin to break down. Your skin loses its fullness and its ability to bounce back into place, leading to wrinkles and creases like marionette lines.


The good news is that there are many ways to treat and prevent wrinkles in general (usually by supporting collagen and elastin), as well as treatments specifically for marionette lines.


Maybe you’ve already developed these lines we’ve been talking about. If so, don’t frown (you’ll make the marionette lines worse!). Instead continue reading for treatment options available at MJ’s Beauty Clinic and prevention tips. 


Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers can help put the happy back on your face. They plump your skin, improve collagen production, and bring moisture to the area, literally “filling” in those marionette lines. At Melanie Jayne’s Beauty & Aesthetics Clinic we offer both Needle and Needle free option. The Hyaluron Pen is used for the Needle Free option which is less invasive than a needle and also perfect for anyone with a needle phobia.


Revolax made from hyaluronic acid (HA) is used with the Hyaluron Pen to treat around the marionette lines. This gives lift and volume to the areas under these wrinkles, smoothing out deep lines and restoring a youthful appearance to the surface of the skin.



Micro-needling (Fractional or Collagen Induction) is exactly what it sounds like, but if you’re afraid of needles, don’t run away yet. With this treatment option, tiny needles are inserted into your skin, and then your skin reacts by producing collagen to heal the affected area. 


With that collagen production, your skin fills itself in and your wrinkles become less noticeable. A course of 4-6 treatments is recommended for optimum results, it is normal for you to experience irritation and redness after these treatments.

RegimA Peel


The face is treated with the peel which encourages the skin to renew and rejuvenate exposing a fresh layer of skin underneath. Following the treatment the skin will appear smoother and less wrinkled. These treatments are perfect if the Marionette lines are only shallow.

CACI Synergy Jowl Lift

The CACI Jowl Lift has been developed to specifically target muscle laxity around the jawline which can cause drooping jowls and loose skin. This treatment is specially designed to lift and firm the muscles and refine facial contours to give a firmer, more toned appearance.

The treatment is enhanced with S.P.E.D microcurrent LED technology which is clinically proven to be more effective when used alongside the micro current. 

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Above are five treatments we offer to treat Marionette lines. The following prevention tips will be helpful for those of you treating marionette lines you’ve already got as well as those who are trying to prevent them from developing. 


Whichever category you fall into, your skin will love you for the extra care, and healthier skin will mean your marionette lines just might start frowning a little less.


Protect Yourself From The Sun

You probably already know that it’s important to protect your face from the damaging rays of the sun. 


That’s because sun exposure can break down collagen and elastin in your skin — those are the two important components in your skin that keep it full, youthful, and wrinkle-free. 


Avoiding sun exposure and protecting your skin when you’re in the sun help to prevent premature development of wrinkles like marionette lines. Keep your hat and your sunscreen handy.


Don’t Purse Your Lips!

Living with a furrowed brow can lead to wrinkles, and similarly, always pursing your lips can potentially contribute to marionette lines. 


Wrinkles form in the skin due to repetitive muscle contraction underneath the skin so be aware of your facial posture — frowning, furrowing your brow, or pursing your lips together — and try to go about your days with more relaxed facial expressions ........Think Happy :-)

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