Do you feel that your mouth makes you look sad or upset when you’re not? This is often caused by the appearance of the oral commissure, or the area where the upper and lower lips meet at the corner of the mouth. Oral commissure lines are downturned lines at the corners of your mouth caused by overactive facial muscles and the loss of skin elasticity resulting from ageing. Also referred to as marionette lines, they tend to worsen over time, contributing to an angry or sad-looking appearance
Treating Oral Commissures
Thankfully, there is a treatment available to rejuvenate the appearance of this area, providing a lift that creates more positive contours around the mouth. Injections of dermal fillers can fill in the sagging skin around the mouth, creating a more uplifting appearance.
It is also possible to treat the oral commissures through injecting muscle relaxants. Muscles called the depressor anguli oris pull down the corners of the mouth and often cause these lines. Muscle relaxant injections cause these muscles to relax, giving a subtle lift to the area around the mouth.
Who is suitable for this treatment?
Candidates for this treatment are adults who feel the lines around their mouth make them look sad, angry, or older than they are. Age, genetics, and muscle movement patterns all contribute to the appearance of this area. Ideal candidates have marionette lines caused by excess sagging skin, which can be treated effectively with dermal filler injections. This treatment is appropriate for most adults, both women and men, who are in good general health.
What to Expect
Oral commissure lines can be treated during a short office visit. During the treatment, dermal fillers are injected into the area around the mouth. Once injected, this material fills out the skin from the inside, adding volume to plump the oral commissure lines, creating a more youthful look.
These fillers help to plump wrinkles, reducing sagging around the corners of the mouth.
Immediately following this process, patients can return home or to work. No bandages need to be worn over the treatment area, and there is no recovery period necessary. Because of these factors, dermal filler injections are a popular “lunchtime rejuvenation” treatment for patients seeking a fast enhancement with no downtime.
Many patients report that the results of dermal filler injections can be seen immediately. The full results should be visible within just a few days. The effects of dermal filler injections last up to year.
The effects gradually fade, and the oral commissures will reappear. Many patients undergo regular injections to maintain their appearance.
Possible Risks and Complications
After undergoing dermal filler injections, patients generally feel some degree of redness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness. These side effects last for several days. Visible effects can be camouflaged safely with make-up.
Serious complications are rare, but include infection and an allergic reaction the filler material.
It is also possible for the injected filler to gather in lumps underneath the skin. Often, such bumps can be massaged to redistribute the filler. In other cases, these remain until the body absorbs the injected material. To avoid disrupting the distribution of the dermal filler, avoid rubbing or touching the area around your mouth for several days after undergoing an oral commissure treatment.
Rough Costs Involved
The area around the mouth (oral commissures) treated with dermal fillers usually costs around $480. Often, the treatment is combined with muscle relaxant injections for a more dramatic change in appearance, and these treatments come with an added cost of about $90. Schedule a consultation visit to discuss your treatment specifics and receive a personalised quote.
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