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Marionette Lines and Nasolabial Folds

Spring – the weather may not look like it yet, but we’re anticipating the new season!

With Spring, the word ‘glow’ comes to mind – there is a certain radiance about the season, brighter colours, warmer weather and longer days.

Here’s the question though – what about helping patients find their glow?

You can bet when your patients seek treatment, part of the motivation is to maintain or claim back their ‘youthfulness’.
We can all agree a person’s smile is definitely key when it comes to having that all important ‘youthful glow’.
Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines are an increasingly popular area for filler treatment and if done right, the result can instantly give the patient that ‘glowing’ effect that they are most likely after.
Dr Michael Aicken (DR Founder) wrote an article on this very topic for the Aesthetics Journal, outlining the cause of Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines and how best to treat.
He says –

Think of the nasolabial or marrionette lines as a comet, with the top end, where we administer bolus injections as the ‘head’ of the comet and the rest of the lines where we use linear injections, as the ‘tail’ of the comet.”

Read the full article below:

“Dermal Revolution (DEEP) is a great option for treating nasolabial and marionette lines and folds. It can be used for bolus injections (where volume loss requires replacement), as well as cross-hatching (when some lift is needed) and deep linear injections with marionette or nasolabial lines.” – Dr Michael Aicken
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How to: Lipstick Lines

Lipstick or ‘smoker’s’ lines can be tricky to treat.

They are relatively difficult to access because the nose gets in the way, and it’s difficult to get yourself and the patient into a comfortable position so that you can concentrate on the treatment itself AND when you’re finished, initially, the lines may look worse than when you started!

So how do you do it?

Lipstick line filler gives ok results if done well. It’s tricky. I recommend using strong anaesthetic gel as it’s a tender area. It can also bruise; remember that each time you insert the needle, you cause more trauma. If the lines are below the nose, approach from below if the lines are lateral to the nose, approach from above.


If you try a treating a line twice and it still hasn’t lifted, it’s probably better to leave it rather than risk giving them a thickened top lip. Avoid injecting into the lip (i.e. Below the vermilion border), to save on causing unnecessary swelling. Mould the area afterwards to limit the lumps that you leave behind. Be aware, and advise the patient before you start, that initially the lines may look WORSE as they will be highlighted by pink / redness, from the injections themselves. Reassure the patient that on covering with their regular makeup regimen the following day, the true effect of treatment will be seen.
I use Dermal Revolution (DERM) now for lipstick lines, but again, remember that no-matter what product you use, apply a strong anaesthetic gel liberally before beginning!
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It’s all about the waiting room conversations.

I prep our lovely clients for treatments within our clinics and I can tell you, the chats that I get involved with in the waiting room are great.

I love women and I love a good chat.

A few years ago I started to get bombarded with questions about preserving the skin in the décolletage area…

This is the area in the centre of the chest, which tends to get fine little vertical lines. There are a few weird and probably many wonderful treatments out there but to be honest, we didn’t really know what they were and my husband, Dr Mike, wasn’t wanting to get involved with injecting womens’ cleavages. He just wasn’t inspired to work in these more private regions and we were never convinced that the results were good enough from what we had seen from others’ work.

I was frustrated.

I remember a sad conversation I had with a client in London who expressed disappointment that she didn’t feel comfortable wearing a scoop or V-neck top anymore from day-to-day, never mind at Christmas parties.

This was all because her skin on her chest had lost its elasticity and had been replaced by a loose, crinkled, crepe-paper texture. In her consultation I learned that she wasn’t overly concerned with her looks and had a healthy confidence in her appearance. As much as I believe it’s important that we don’t gain our self-esteem from our appearance, I felt for her, and she was only in her late 40’s.

The truth is –

I really enjoy and appreciate the smooth skin that I have in this area but I have started to notice this beginning to happen to me too. I realised that these lines were created as a result of sleeping on my side where the heaviness of my bust was squashing my chest.

In the mornings i’d look down to a snakeskin texture on my chest. I’d think, “this isn’t a big deal – at worst it’s a bummer“.

I’m not obsessed with my looks and my husband couldn’t care less about those lines and sure, the lines on my (mid) 30s, olive-skinned chest would rejuvenate by lunch time back to pretty much baby skin – I figured, it’s all good in the hood.

So why did I train myself to sleep on my back?

Because in a few years these lines will be there to stay. 

I ridiculously started straining my wrists at night trying to barricade my boobs from squashing together. I realised I must have cared about protecting my fabulous cleavage if I found myself doing this.

I needed to give myself a break and cut the feminist in me some slack because I cared enough to preserve my skin.

I trained myself to sleep on my back for about six months, then summer came which reset this achievement due to sleeping in airplanes and being out of routine. I needed a solution so that I need never again think about this.

Life’s too short to sleep on my back like some sort of robot and I enjoy sleeping way too much!

I started brainstorming a sausage-shaped pillow to rest in between the bust at night but I couldn’t find anything that worked.



A heavy duty layer of sticky silicon is all that’s necessary to keep things in place at night.


Because life’s too short to fuss about such little things –

And so MoonSkin was born.

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Night night ?