Will A Corner Of The Mouth Lift Get Rid Of My Constant Frown?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 48 yr old female. Over the past few years, the corners of my mouth have started drooping, to the extent that I am often asked if something is wrong (it appears that I am frowning all the time). I don’t want major surgery, and in researching options for my issue, the corner of the mouth lift seems to be a possibility. One additional note; the droopiness is more pronounced on the right side. I have attached some photos for your assessment.

A: Downturning of the corners of the mouth is a common aging issue. The lip line is the union of the upper and lower lip at rest when one is not smiling or has any oral animation or movement. It is like a level and one should be able to draw a straight line between the two end points to create a straight lip line. The corner positions of the lips or the commissures have a great influence on the appearance of the lip line. You don’t want them upturned (Joker look) or downturned (frowning or sad) as it gives one a static expression that is not favorable. Corner of the mouth lifts change the location of the commissures through a very small amount of skin resection and lip vermilion repositioning. It is a relatively simple procedure that can have a dramatic effect. It can be done under local anesthesia as an office procedure. It does the one thing that many people think a facelift does but does not. A facelift can not change the corner of the mouth because its pull is too distant. Changing the corner of the mouth must be done by direct excision.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana