Drooping mouth corners

What are drooping mouth corners?

Drooping mouth corners, or ‘wrinkles of sadness’ as they are commonly known, create an expression that often does not match your feelings. Facial sagging occurs because cheek volume and skin elasticity are reduced with natural ageing. The depressor anguli oris muscles that run from the corners of the mouth to the chin are responsible for the natural movement that is caused by repetitive facial expressions. When these muscles are overused, drooping in the corners of the mouth can occur.

What causes drooping mouth corners?

Drooping mouth corners are age-related and also inherited. As you get older, the reduction of cheek volume and skin elasticity makes the skin droop and sag around the mouth and jaw. Loss of fat volume in the face pulls down the muscles in the corner of the mouth and creates droopy or saggy ‘marionette lines’ of loose skin.

Smoking can accelerate the natural ageing process by restricting the flow of blood to the top layer of skin, and depleting the collagen that enables skin to bounce back when making facial expressions. Genetic predisposition can also have an impact on your facial features and appearance as you age.

Treatment options:

Dropping mouth corners can be removed by the gentle tightening of the soft tissues under the skin, to create a collagen frame, and by revitalising the skin. Dermal fillers can restore the youthful volume to the corners of the mouth.

A V Lift non-surgical facelift gently lifts the drooping areas of the face to create a more radiant and youthful appearance. Botox can effectively minimise the appearance of fine lines around the mouth by relaxing the lower facial muscles. A small amount of the anti-wrinkle treatment is injected into the drooping mouth corners to prevent a down turning of the muscles, and to lift the mouth corners up. Dermal fillers can then be used to plump up the skin to create a subtle and natural effect.

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