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Treat Marionette Lines

woman with marionette lines
Is a Solution for:
Fine Lines, Wrinkles
January 23, 2018 Reviewed by Marta 5 Comments

Nasolabial folds, or "marionette lines" as they are commonly known, are the pronounced creases that runs from the corners of the mouth to down along the chin. It can also refer to nasolabial folds occurring around the top of the mouth. As collagen in the face decreases with age, skin tends to crease and fold around the mouth. While not everyone experiences marionette lines, they are really bothersome for those who do, as they make us look unduly tired or unhappy.

They can be tough to treat topically, leading many people to opt for injectable fillers. However, there are some alternative options. At Truth In Aging have seen very positive results from a combination of ultrasound and LED light therapy and high-potency serums that boost collagen, thereby helping to plump up and firm creases and lines. Read on for recommendations.

LED (light emitting diodes) and ultrasound

More than just a temporary solution, LED 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. It definitely gives a lifting and plumping effect and will make a tangible difference in nasal labial lines.

Truth Vitality Lux Renew with LED and ultrasound ($279 in the shop) is the single most effective (non-invasive) lift for sagging skin that we have found. Red and infra-red LED light help with crepey skin, roughness and plumping, while ultrasonic will help firm and lift. It requires an investment in time, but regular use will result in firmer, smoother, more even-toned skin.

Collagen boosting anti-sagging serums

The most successful serums for treating maionette lines are ones that focus on collagen building with growth factors, copper peptides or peptides such as Matrixyl or ChroNoline.

Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop) was developed to brighten and contour as well as improve the fullness of the lips with IMatrixyl Synthe-6, Syn-Hycan, coenzyme Q10, and glycyrrhetinic acid from licorice root.

Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop) combines potent anti-agers, including copper peptides, Matrixyl 3000, Lipochroman-6 and niacinamide, to effectively firm skin and smooth wrinkles. Copper is the key mineral in lysyl oxidase, an enzyme which weaves together collagen and elastin. Firewall also contains a patent pending anti-aging complex called Cusodase-P, which they claim is a blend of actives that is 40 times stronger than vitamin C.

ReLuma Skin Illuminating Serum ($145-$220) is a potent treatment for wrinkle repair using a complex formula of growth factors to signal skin cells and produce new collagen. This serum also contains peptides, amino acids and matrix proteins to diminish wrinkles, tightens skin and reduces inflammation.

AQ Active Serum ($149 in the shop) contains a concentrated blend of the same growth factor proteins found in healthy, young skin plus antioxidant vitamins that stimulate collagen production (essential for firm skin). AQ claims that these proteins activate the skin's natural regeneration capabilities, and fight free radical damage that causes premature aging. The GF- technology stimulates skin cells to repair damage that has accumulated over the years, such as sun/age spots and wrinkles.

Benir Beauty BV-9 Platinum Provectus Super Serum ($195 in the shop) uses a unique formulation of 7 different peptides, antioxidants and bee venom to target signs of aging where they first develop. The combination of Matrixyl 3000 and Syn-Ake inhibits excessive muscle contractions, which releases and relaxes fine lines and wrinkles.

KERACELL Anti-Aging Facial Serum ($100 in the shop), features MHCsc™ Technology, based on human conditioned media derived from stromal cells, which fortify the epidermis (think scaffolding for the skin).

Skin 2 Skin Care Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum ($73 in the shop). Our 2017 award winner for Best For Firming, Anti-Sagging Renewal Serum features two advanced peptide complexes. Syn-Coll (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5) has been shown to help reduce the appearance of any lip and nasal labial lines while improving facial definition.

Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum ($75 in the shop) has a proprietary vitamin C technology with an energy complex — composed of CoQ10, superoxide dismutase, carnitine and niacinamide — to fuel cells for increased collagen production and accelerated repair.



  • March 15, 2018

    by Shelley

    Hi Marta, my biggest problem is marionette lines more so than nasolabial which you try first to address this issue?

  • January 26, 2018

    by Marta

    Happy to hear that Tara! I've written in several articles that there is research demonstrating that red LED light benefits vitamin C and green tea. It augments the performance of other collagen producers such as the Matrixyl peptides. There is research (that I have also written about) showing that ultrasound helps products penetrate. The process you suggest would be correct.

  • January 26, 2018

    by Tara

    Hi Marta, I've been using my Lux Renew for a while now and I love it. Does using the red led light enhance or possibly detract efficacy of certain products, namely ones containing Vit C and/or Matrixyl?
    I've heard that using Ultrasound can actually help product absorption but not sure if that's true. I would assume you'd apply product, wait for it to absorb/dry and then proceed as normal using an oil free gel (I use aloe). What's your take on these things? Thanks :)

  • January 25, 2018

    by Marta

    Hi Rachel, I did say that ClarityRX Get Fit is a game changer - for expression lines. I didn't mention it in the context of marionette lines (which are caused by sagging not movement). So, yes, these products are better for nasolabial folds (although Get Fit would also be helpful for small lines around the lips).

  • January 24, 2018

    by Rachel Szycher

    marta, what about Clarity R/X? I thought you had said this was a "game changer" and great on naso labial folds? I have been using it since you recommended it. Would one of these products be better for naso labial folds? thank you.

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