A radiant smile not only makes the recipient feel better, but it is a scientifically proven fact that a beautiful beam also makes the wearer feel more serene. This is because a genuine smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain feel-good hormones including dopamine and serotonin.
However, not everyone feels good about their smile, and one reason for this is mouth drooping at the oral commissures, otherwise known as the corners. As we age, mouth drooping can create a sad or tired expression and that may be contradictory to our otherwise positive natures.
Fortunately, there are several options for mouth drooping treatment available but what are the causes, and what is the best treatment for you?
What Causes Mouth Drooping?
The underlying causes for mouth drooping are usually multifactorial and can include gravitational changes, loss of volume from the cheeks, changes in and repetition of facial muscle expressions, and shrinkage of the jawbones.
A common cause of a downturned mouth is a set of muscles on the jaw called the depressor anguli oris (DAO), which run from the corners of the lips down to the chin. These muscles are responsible for the corners of the mouth turning down when frowning, and when they are overused, the repetitive action of frowning can cause drooping mouth corners.
Another factor is the natural ageing process, which results in the natural loss of collagen and elastin, these are the proteins that control how plump and firm our skin is. As these deteriorate, skin can sag or look lax, especially around the mouth, and this factor can lead to the appearance of having drooping mouth corners.
It is also commonly known that smoking accelerates the natural ageing process, because it restricts the blood flow to the top layer of skin, depleting vitamins and nutrients, and actively destroying collagen to affect the skin’s ability to recover from facial expressions.
Sometimes one’s genetics can play a part in how the mouth looks, generally being passed from mother to daughter and father to son.
Botox And Dermal Fillers To Treat Mouth Drooping
Because so many factors are at play in causing drooping mouth corners, typically a combination of treatments is usually required to lift them back up, for instance, the previously mentioned depressor anguli oris muscle can benefit from relaxing it with Botox. Injections of hyaluronic based dermal filler can also weaken it and cause the corner of the mouth to rise back up.
Loss of volume in the cheek causes the skin to sag, which can cause a deepening of the nasolabial fold and depression of the corner of the mouth, so a correction of the volume loss in the cheek can therefore often result in an improvement in the appearance of the nasolabial fold and mouth corner.
Adding volume to the mouth corner can sometimes help to elevate the angle of the mouth by a couple of millimetres. When taking this approach, however, the volume added needs to be very conservative, with an experienced aesthetic doctor.
Mouth Drooping Treatment At PHI Clinic
Your smile is one of your defining features, it speaks volumes about your character and so it is vitally important that you take choosing an aesthetic doctor to treat your mouth very seriously. You want a beautifully natural restoration to your face avoiding an overdone or fake look.
At PHI Clinic, our highly skilled doctors and nurses have performed hundreds of mouth drooping procedures, but each and everyone is treated uniquely as all of our patients are individually distinctive. This takes a great level of skill and continued training and striving for the best and most contemporary techniques, which at PHI we pride ourselves on the continual hands-on learning and improving our treatments.
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At PHI, we only use the very best products namely Botox for relaxing the muscles and Juvederm by Allergan who have created a beautiful range of HA-based dermal fillers to fit each and every treatment to perfection.
On this basis, you can relax and be assured that your smile will be in the very best of hands at PHI. For a consultation, you can call us on 02070345999, or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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