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Treatments for Marionette Lines

Submitted by drgailhumble on December 12, 2016

What are Marionette Lines?   Marionette lines, also known as nasolabial folds, are deep lines that run from corners of the nose to corners of the mouth. Some may refer to them as facial parentheses..   Marionette lines appear as a consequence of age. As the skin ages, it loses volume and elasticity due to diminishing reserves of tightening and plumping substances, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, and fatty deposits. Other factors can contribute to the formation of marionette lines including heredity, smoking, and weight loss.   Treatments for Marionette Lines

Procedures What It Is & How It Works Recovery and Results Risks
Juvéderm XC® An injectable dermal filler that hydrates, replenishes tissue, and adds volume. Active Agent: Hyaluronic acid (HA), a lubricating substance the body naturally produces. It helps maintain the structure and suppleness of the skin. Downtime: None Results: Instant, lasts  about 9-12 months. Risks: Temporary redness and bruising may occur at the injection site.
Radiesse® An injectable dermal filler that instantly boosts and smooths the skin, while for setting the stage for new collagen production. Active Agent:  Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres, a biodegradable material that gives immediate structure and softens lines. Downtime: None Results: Instant, with continued improvement. Lasts up to 1 year.     Risks: Temporary redness and bruising may occur at the injection site.
Pixel™  Laser A fractional laser resurfacing treatment that emits laser energy to stimulates the growth of new healthy tissue. Active Agent: Laser light energy Downtime: 7-10 days Results: Visible results within a few days; skin texture will steadily improve over the course of a few months. Maintenance treatments every 6-12 months.   Risks: Serious side effects are rare, but certain medications and conditions may cause complications. Treatments may cause skin discoloration.
PRP Injections that prompt tissue regeneration and healing. Active Agent: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), derived from an individual’s own blood. Downtime: None Results: Visible results 3-4 weeks after treatment, ongoing collagen building and improvement with maintenance injections.   Risks: Temporary bruising and swelling is typical, but no there are no reported serious side effects.
The Advantage of PRP Injections for Skin Rejuvenation   Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a unique non-surgical option for the treatment of marionette lines. PRP prompts an ongoing regenerative collagen-building process that adds overall volume and improves skin tone. Yet, it does not carry the potential risks or negative side effects of laser resurfacing. And, unlike fillers, which add material to the skin, PRP can be used to treat sensitive areas. In many cases, PRP is an excellent complement to other rejuvenating treatments. Visit Dr. Gail Humble at our San Francisco office to schedule a consultation.    

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