For some, turning that frown upside down just isn't an option. As we age, different parts of our faces begin to betray our age: the mouth being one of the first. While this may include a fine lines and wrinkles, in some cases drooping skin can create a permanent frown. Gravity begins to pull everything down, including the corners of your smile, making you look older and upset, regardless of how you actually feel.
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Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn discussed his procedure, The Grin Lift, which could permanently turn that frown upside down. A brief procedure taking approximately 20 minutes, the Grin Lift is performed under anesthesia during which Dr. Youn removes small pieces of skin to lift the corners of the mouth. Because this is a surgical procedure, there will be some scarring however, Dr. Youn points out that as we age, our ability to reduce scarring does improve than when we are in our 20s, 30s or 40s.
Another option to rejuvenate the mouth area are the injection of facial fillers. According to Ft. Laurerdale board certified dermatologist Dr. Janee Steinberg, "Many patients consult with me about 'parentheses' around the mouth or those creases between the nose and the corners of the mouth," describes Dr. Steinberg. These troublesome lines typically begin to emerge as elastin which keeps the skin tight, begins to break down and collagen loss occurs.
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"Usually, they are not symmetrical due to stronger muscles on one side of the face or the way a person sleeps on their side," states Dr. Steinberg, "We are able to improve these lines so that they are no longer part of an English paper (parentheses) but a natural but flatter crease where it should be." According to Dr. Steinberg, "Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, or Sculptra can be used to fill these creases effectively." The procedure is relatively simple, after pre-treatment photos are taken, a topical anesthetic cream is applied to the area to increase patient comfort. Approximately 1 to 2 vials of the appropriate filler is then strategically injected into the creases.
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"Technique makes all the difference in the world in the outcome as there are many subtle things to do to obtain the best results," says Dr. Steinberg. Not only is the physician simply filling in the lines, a certain amount of artistry is involved in terms of balance, symmetry and using the right amount of filler. Facial fillers in the market today typically have some form of lidocaine in their product which also increases patient comfort.
Dr. Steinberg says, "It is essential to plan to place enough filler to make the results as good as possible. Most patients need two vials for optimal results and some may need more, over several appointments." Patients are generally very pleased with their immediate results and in some cases, depending on the type of facial filler, results continue to improve in the ensuring months.
Facial fillers are temporary solution lasting up to 12 months, with Sculptra lasting up to 2 years but the effects might just be worth the return trip!