woman with marionette lines

Nasolabial folds, or "marionette lines" as they are commonly known, can be tough to treat topically, leading many people to opt for injectable fillers. However, there are some alternative options to try if you're not ready to go the filler route just yet. We at Truth In Aging have seen very positive results from a combination of LED light therapy and high-potency serums that boost collagen, thereby helping to plump up and firm creases and lines. Read on for our recommendations.

LED (Light Emitting Diodes)

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.

Our Truth Renew Ultrasonic & LED Anti-Aging System ($109 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.

Anti-Aging Serums

Your Best Face Define ($70 in the shop) was developed to brighten and contour as well as improve the fullness of the lips. It is packed with heavy-hitting ingredients including Pentavitin, Hilurlip, alpha albutin, Syn-tacks and Spintrap; together, they will regulate and retain moisture, act as a filler, lighten dark spots and stimulate collagen. Define also contains white tea and vitamin E, which both have well-known antioxidant properties.

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.

Osmotics Lipofill ($73) is a facial serum designed to target marionette lines by visually plumping and smoothing the skin for a more youthful, contoured appearance. Lipofill uses artemisia abrotanum, known as wormwood, and contains four flavenols with spasmolytic activities (spasmolytic is a type of muscle relaxer). It also contains the peptide Matrixyl, which can nearly double the amount of the protein collagen needed to give skin its elasticity. Lipofill will help firm and plump skin as well as lessen fine lines.