Do the corners of your mouth naturally turn downwards? If they do, this can create the impression that you are unhappy or unfriendly – attributes that nobody wants to be associated with. Unfortunately, dropping smiles are fairly common, particularly as we get older. This is because the skin on our face becomes thinner and less elastic with age, something which is caused by a natural reduction in our body’s production of collagen and elastin. These substances are essential for healthy, firm and supple skin but as we get older, our body makes less and less of them, having a direct effect on the texture and appearance of our skin. The area around the mouth can become saggy, pulling the corners of the mouth down and causing your smile to droop.
Fortunately, there is a cosmetic solution that can address a downturned mouth and elevate the corners of your lips so that your natural, resting appearance makes you seem happier and more approachable. This solution is Botox.
Botox for a drooping smile? Really?
Most people who are familiar with Botox know of it primarily as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. However, it is now successfully being used in a variety of other ways, including to target the muscles in the corners of the mouth in order to address a drooping smile.
Botox is a neurotoxin that works by relaxing the facial muscles that it comes into contact with, preventing them from contracting and causing the overlying skin to wrinkle up into lines and folds. As such, many patients choose Botox to help them achieve a smoother, line-free appearance. When Botox is injected into the muscles in the corners of the mouth, it causes them to relax too. This will allow the corners of your lips to rise, and the position of your mouth will return to a much straighter, more natural line.
How is Botox for a drooping smile performed?
Botox for a drooping smile is a fairly straightforward procedure that can be performed in under an hour, making it an ideal lunchtime cosmetic surgery treatment. Most patients find that the process doesn’t cause any discomfort at all, but it may be possible for you to have a little topical anesthetic if required. Once you are settled and comfortable, two small injections of Botox will be made into the muscles in the corners of your mouth. This will relax the muscles that pull the corners of your mouth down, preventing them from doing so.
There is absolutely no downtime and you can return to your usual activities straight away. You may notice a little bit of temporary swelling or bruising where the injections were placed, but this usually resolves itself within 24 hours of the procedure.
How long can my results be maintained?
Every patient is different and responds to treatment in their own way. However, in most cases, one round of Botox injections for a drooping smile can produce results that last up to around three months before further treatment is necessary.
Fed up with your downturned, droopy smile and want to know if you are a suitable candidate for Botox? Contact our team today to schedule your confidential consultation.