Marionette lines, puppet lines, nasal labial folds..... I just call it depressing. But how to say good bye to Howdy Doody features without resorting to fillers such as Restylane? Well, I've finally found a solution and, funnily enough, it had been right under my nose for some time. But before I get onto that, a quick aside about dermal fillers.

Actually, I'm not against them. Or more precisely, I am less against them than I once was. Like most people, I assumed that hyaluronic fillers, just puffed things up temporarily. However, a study by the University of Michigan using Restylane concluded that they actually promote production of collagen. According to the Michigan team, Restylane relaxed the fibroblasts, which were then re-stretched, and formed collagen. However, this was all on the basis of 11 people. Personally, I'd like to see a bit more evidence before subjecting myself to needles and until then will continue my one woman study of alternatives.

Now a small drumroll, please. The answer is.....

LED. I have been having monthly salon LED (light emitting diodes) for at least a year and noticed that after the sessions my face looked noticeably plumper around the mouth area. I was so delighted with LED's effects in general that I decided to supplement my salon visits with at home treatments using a Baby Quasar. At just under $400, this device does not come cheap, but it really works. The problem for me is that I'm just not very good at sitting still for 20 minutes with nothing to do but hold a lamp to my face and so I managed to use the Baby Q once a week at the very most.

Then one day, my husband remarked on how good I was looking and it suddenly struck me that not only had I just finished using baby Q, but that after a previous session he had said something similar. And to be truthful, I had noticed results myself. So the only thing for it was to discipline my ADD and use the thing more often. Actually, Baby Quasar recommends 25-minutes two to three times a week. Well, I can tell you that upping the frequency makes a big difference.

Theoretically, LED is not just a temporary solution as it works by stimulating the body’s tissues to convert the light energy into cellular energy. It boosts collagen production and scavenger cells that remove excess pigmentation or scar tissue.

For those of you who pin your hopes on a jar, I don't have much encouragement to offer. I've found that Medik8 Firewall, Nutra-Lift Rejuvenating Therapy and ReLuma are all helpful. But they don't really do the trick like LED.

Finally, there at home LED devices other than Baby Quasar, but I did my research fairly thoroughly and Baby Q seemed to be getting the most consistently good reviews.