What Are Marionette Lines?

Marionette lines, in case you’ve never heard of them before, are the lines that run from the corners of your mouth down to either side of your chin. And, just like the name implies, they can make you look like a puppet. 

And of course, no one wants to look like Pinnochio all the time.

At Garza Plastic Surgery, we can help you erase marionette lines with easy non-surgical facelifts with PDO threads. PDO thread lifts are simple, easy, fast, and effective aesthetic treatments that lift the face and stimulate collagen production.

They can even be specifically targeted to smooth out other fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

What Causes Marionette Lines?

The main cause of marionette lines is the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin that occurs with age. The force of gravity is another factor that makes marionette lines more visible over time. It’s also been found that the depressor anguli oris (DAO) muscle, overtime, pulls down on the corners of the mouth and causes both frown lines and marionette lines.

  • Other causes include
  • Repeated facial expressions
  • Age
  • Loss of collagen production
  • Thinning of subdermal fat cells
  •  Reabsorption of the mandible

Are Marionette lines hereditary?

It is possible that some people may be predisposed to larger and more noticeable marionette lines than others. Especially because genetic makeup plays a large part in facial structure, skin texture, and biological age.

Stress, excessive alcohol use, smoking, or exposure to other harmful substances could also affect how well your body responds to aging.

What are PDO Threading Treatments and What Are They Used For?

Young fashionable woman standing outside, wearing a black jacket, a grey blouse, dark sunglasses, and with a defined jawline.

PDO stands for polydioxanone, which is a natural protein, woven into a thread that’s thinner than human hair. These threads are also made from the same material that dissolvable surgical sutures are made out of. Meaning, that these threads will be naturally absorbed into your body after they’re placed. 

So there’s no follow-up thread removal appointment after treatment. It’s just one treatment and then you’re done!

How Does PDO Thread Placement Work?

When you come in for a threading treatment, Dr. Garza, Tracey, or one of our aestheticians will work with you to identify which areas should be treated. They will then draw out how the threads will be placed. With the outline traced on your skin, your skin will be sanitized and your face will be numbed with a local anesthetic.

Once your face has been numbed, your provider will make a tiny incision using a needle and place a medical device called a cannula into that microincision. Then, the thread will be anchored in place and the cannula will be removed. Finally, the excess thread will be cut off. 

There may be a little bleeding and redness immediately after the procedure, but it should go away shortly. And after that, you can get right back to your day.

The whole process takes about 45 minutes, so you can even plan just to take a long lunch break if you have to work on the day of your treatment.

Do PDO Threads Work on Sagging Skin?

Yes! We can place threads to tighten up jowls, browlines, and nasolabial folds. We can even help you tighten up other areas of your body with PDO threads.

What is the Best Non-Surgical Treatment for Marionette Lines?

PDO threads are the best option for non-surgical facelifting and for erasing marionette lines. The only way to treat marionette lines is to physically pull the skin back. And the best way to do that without surgery is with threading treatments.

Now, we should mention that the absolute best treatment for marionette lines will always be facelift surgery. However, we understand that full surgery is intense, requires more downtime, and can be expensive.

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Why PDO Threads in Nashville are The Best Treatment for Marionette Lines
  • You get near-instant results with relatively long lasting effects.
  • The effects of the treatment continue working for months after the initial appointment.
  • They’re the best non-surgical alternative to facelift surgery.
Can I Use Fillers to Erase Marionette Lines?
  • Unfortunately, it’s not practical to use dermal fillers to treat marionette lines. 
  • Dermal fillers and injections like botox can help fight off the earliest signs of marionette lines, but require proportionately larger injections the larger the line or fold is.

FAQs About PDO Threading in Nashville, TN

How Long Does it Take a PDO Thread to Dissolve?

The thread will fully dissolve within 9 months.

What Not To Do Before PDO Threading

In order to see the most optimal results after a thread lift, you should avoid doing anything that would physically disturb the treatment area. This includes:

  • Avoid sleeping on your side
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach
  • Don’t use makeup for a few days
  • Don’t plan any massages or facials after your thread lift
  • Stay out of the heat and avoid difficult exercise
  • Stay away from alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Stop rubbing your face
  • Try not to make any energetic facial movements
  • Don’t chew any gum
  • Avoid tanning or going to a sauna

What To Do After a PDO Thread Lift

One of the risks of threading treatments is bruising around the treatment area. To promote healing and to avoid bruising and other risks, we recommend doing the following after your thread lift.

  • Apply ice to the treated area a few times each day, for no more than fifteen minutes
  • Rest and avoid highly emotional situations that may cause intense facial expressions
  • Sleep on your back

Other than that, you should be able to resume your normal routine without any problems. Dr. Garza may have some additional instructions for you, depending on your health history, but overall recovery is not intense at all.

What Are the Side Effects of a Thread Lift?

Because PDO threads are so minimally invasive, this treatment is a very low-risk procedure. However, there are a few risks associated with this treatment.

We’ve already mentioned that bruising is one of the side effects that patients can sometimes see. Other possible side effects include swelling around the treatment site, as well as some slight pain or bleeding around the thread injection site.

Are There Any Potential Complications of PDO Threads?

Any medical or cosmetic procedure has potential complications. Thankfully, any complications that can result from this treatment are minor, easy to spot, and easily fixed.

Potential complications include:
  • Dimpling
  • Allergic reaction to the threads
  • Unintended movement of the thread that causes lumps in the skin
  • Bleeding
  • Pain, discomfort, or feeling like the thread is too tight
  • Infection

Let us know if you see any of these complications and we will be happy to help you. However, if you do see any of the following signs of infection around the treatment site, you should talk to your doctor immediately.

  • Discoloration
  • Swelling that lasts more than 48 hours
  • Fever
  • Frequent persistent headaches

Are Treatments the Same for Everyone?

No, we tailor all of our threading treatments to each patient.. There are actually several different types of PDO threads that we can use depending on the results you want. Also, the type of thread we use will depend on which area of your body you want to treat.

We always work with our patients to design the most effective treatments for their aesthetic goals.

How Long Will My Results Last?

The final results of a thread lift can last up to three years. The initial thread placement will offer initial results, but then the stimulated collagen production will help you maintain your results long after the thread dissolves. Just remember that PDO threading results do not last forever, but they provide long-term benefits thanks to stimulated collagen production.

How Many PDO Thread Treatments Will I Need?

You usually only need one treatment before you see results. But, once again, the results tend to fade after a few years. So, you may want to get repeat treatments somewhere down the line.

Different Types of PDO Threads

Some of the different types of threads we can use for your treatment include:

  • PDO mono threads or smooth threads
  • PDO cog threads
  • PDO screw threads

Each type of PDO thread is designed to produce results specific for each patient.

Visit Garza Plastic Surgery for PDO Threading Nashville, TN

Make a consultation appointment today to find out how PDO threading and our other aesthetic services in Nashville can help you reach your aesthetic goals.