How to Get Rid of Smile Lines and Marionette Lines

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When you smile, do you see lines and wrinkles around your mouth? Smile lines and marionette lines occur naturally with age, but you have several options to decrease their appearance. The right treatment for you depends on your skin, your treatment goals, and your lifestyle. If you want a non-surgical solution to your smile and marionette lines, you have a range of choices. 

What are Smile Lines and Marionette Lines? 

Smile and marionette lines develop around your mouth after years of smiling and laughing. These lines appear when you laugh or smile during your younger years. Over time, they become deeper and remain even when your face relaxes. Contributing factors include loss of collagen due to aging and sun damage, weakening the skin’s support structure.

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How to Get Rid of Smile Lines and Marionette Lines

If your primary goal is smoothing smile lines and marionette lines, non-surgical treatments may give you the desired results. Dr. Leong collaborates with dermatologist Dr. Zena to treat these lines


Injectable treatments like dermal fillers and Botox® can reduce the appearance of smile lines and marionette lines. Dermal fillers lift and smooth wrinkles by plumping the skin. Botox® works by relaxing the muscles that pull on the skin, allowing wrinkles to relax. Both offer the convenience of quick treatments and no downtime. 


This revolutionary skin resurfacing treatment uses a combination of radiofrequency (RF) energy and cold helium plasma to ablate the surface layers of the skin. Renuvion® treats the skin to smooth lines and wrinkles. It can also be used as a tiny cannula under the skin to contract the tissue immediately, then provides ongoing collagen development for even more skin firming. 

Chemical Peel

Chemical peels can address a wide range of skin concerns. A croton phenol peel is a deep chemical peel for intensive resurfacing. This peel requires some recovery time, but afterward, your skin will look firm, smooth, and even. 

ECO2 Laser

Fractional laser treatments offer an excellent way to tighten and smooth skin. The ECO2 laser creates tiny areas of micro-damage that trigger collagen production. This new collagen gives the skin a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment of Smile Lines and Marionette Lines? 

You are almost certainly a good candidate for one of these treatment options. If your smile and marionette lines bother you, make an appointment to find out which treatment options will work best for you. Many treatments should not be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Is There Any Downtime With Treatment for Smile Lines and Marionette Lines? 

The amount of downtime varies by treatment. Injectables require no downtime, and typical effects include minor bruising. You can resume most normal activities after Renuvion® when it’s used under the skin, but you may have some redness and sensitivity. Renuvion® Skin Renewal, croton phenol peel and ECO2 laser are all resurfacing procedures and can have a week or more of recovery time with significant redness. 

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To make an appointment with Dr. Karen Leong, call us at (949) 844-8999 or fill out the consultation form below.

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