How to Get Rid of Marionette Lines

A woman with a close-up of her marionette lines

Marionette lines, often known as “smile lines,” are horizontal wrinkles that form around the mouth due to repeated smiling, laughing, or animated facial expressions. As you age, these lines deepen – so if you want to reduce the appearance of your marionette lines, below are some great options available to you.

What Are Marionette Lines?

Marionette lines vary in severity and are the fine lines or wrinkles surrounding the mouth, also called smile lines. When we’re young, these lines go away as quickly as they appear, but they tend to stay put as we age. You can minimize the appearance of Marionette lines with cosmetic treatments from Skin Technique, so you only see those lines when you smile.

Our Experience with Marionette Lines

With Dr. Christopher Pavlou’s 10+ years of experience with cosmetic treatments, you are in great hands with the Skin Technique team. Our goal is to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the mouth while rejuvenating your overall complexion and improving your well-being.

Treatments to Reduce Marionette Lines

Skin Technique offers many options to treat marionette lines to turn back the clock and allow you to put your best face forward!

Dermal Fillers

Filler injections can plump the skin and smooth out existing wrinkles. If you have mild to moderate marionette lines that you would like to soften the look of, dermal fillers can be a great way to address those concerns.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing or fractional CO2 laser treatments can help to stimulate collagen production and promote new skin growth. When collagen is stimulated, your skin begins to repair itself and become more firm. The combination of new skin growth and collagen production fills out marionette lines to give you a more youthful appearance.


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that uses a form of mechanical exfoliation to resurface the skin’s top layer, buffing out minor to moderate impurities and concerns off of the skin. To reduce the look of your marionette lines, you may require a deeper treatment to address this concern, such as microneedling.

Chemical Peel

The Skin Technique Chemical Peel is a great solution for all skin concerns of varying depths and severity. The peel comprises naturally occurring acids combined with other skincare ingredients. Your chemical peel treatment for marionette lines may be combined with microneedling to improve your skin’s overall health and texture.

To determine which treatment is right for you, discuss your options with the Skin Technique team and listen to their expert opinion during your consultation. When you book your Skin Technique consultation today, you are one step closer to glowing, rejuvenated skin and a vast improvement in the look of your marionette lines.

How to Get Rid of Marionette Lines Naturally

There are some natural methods available to you that can ease the look of marionette lines, but if you want to get rid of them for a longer period of time or have more severe concerns, a professionally performed treatment may be the best option for you. However, you can try some at-home remedies before committing to a treatment.


Serum-infused makeup with an SPF (if it is a foundation or concealer) is always a better option for your skin if you enjoy wearing makeup, but ensuring that you remove your makeup before bed and practice a good skincare routine will help your skin during the aging process. If you want to cover up marionette lines, a full coverage foundation can help to a certain extent, but it’s not very easy covering up textural issues on the face (which is why we recommend a treatment or procedure).

Supplements & Diet

Your gut and lifestyle choices affect your internal and external health, including your skin. If you smoke, drink alcohol, or often forget to stay hydrated, you are more likely to wrinkle in areas prone to fine lines than someone with healthy lifestyle habits. Taking supplements to fill in the gaps for any nutrients you are missing is a great way to help your health, but you should also always make sure to stay hydrated, stay healthy, and wear sunscreen!

Hydrating Creams

There are tons of fantastic moisturizers and serums on the market that boast anti-aging benefits. Although these hydrating creams cannot reverse signs of aging or treat deep, more severe concerns, they are a key part of a good skincare regimen. If you need recommendations for a good hydrating cream, feel free to ask the medical professionals part of the Skin Technique team!

Causes of Marionette Lines

The main causes of marionette lines are repeated facial expressions like smiling and laughing, that cause wrinkles and fine lines to deepen over time. Age and other factors cause these lines to become more severe and drag our face down, so a rejuvenating treatment to smooth out their appearance can instantly make you look years younger.


If you’re still relatively young and want to know some preventative measures you can take before deep, severe marionette lines appear around your mouth, remember to practice healthy lifestyle habits, take care of your skin, stay hydrated, and wear sunscreen while avoiding prolonged sun exposure. You can also pursue preventative measures by seeking out smaller, completely non-invasive rejuvenating treatments from Skin Technique that help you always put your best face forward.

Marionette Lines FAQs

Can massage get rid of marionette lines?

Regularly massaging the area where marionette lines appear can help boost blood circulation, gently lift the muscles, and reduce tension. This can be a great preventative measure, but once the lines appear, they will continue to deepen if not addressed.

Will weight loss help with reducing marionette lines?

Weight fluctuations often increase your risk of sagging skin, especially in areas with more volume, like the cheeks. When the skin on your face sags (especially in the cheek and jaw area), Marionette lines are more likely to appear and deepen. Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle ensures that your marionette lines will not get any more severe due to factors outside of aging.


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