Whether brought on by ageing, or an overactive mandible muscle (the one we work when we chew), downward drooping lips can have a negative effect on our confidence, and a detrimental impact on emotional wellbeing. Left untreated, it's not uncommon for patients suffering from drooping lips to become understandably anxious, self-conscious in social situations, and even clinically depressed. Particularly if the drooping only affects one side of the mouth.
Fortunately, drooping lips can be corrected, and patients have a choice of non-invasive ways to tackle this aesthetic issue. So if you thought you'd never smile the same way again, be assured that hope is not lost and help is very much at the end of a GPs hand.
So why do drooping lips occur in the first place? The most common reason, as with a number of skin complaints, is age. As we naturally grow older our skin loses the elasticity that comes automatically with youth. When these cells and tissues die it has a knock-on effect on the appearance of our skin. So, if the muscles around the mouth are affected, then this can result in our lips taking on a downward sloping appearance.
Another cause of drooping lips is directly related to a muscle in our mouths called the mandible. This is the muscle that kicks into action when we chew food. Just like when we work out at the gym, when our muscles are in constant use they stay tight and defined. But, as soon as we stop putting them through their paces they begin to droop and sag. The same applies to the mandible muscle. Except when the use of this muscle slows down, the effect is drooping lips.
How exactly your drooping lips are reversed will be determined in the clinic by a trained GP, and really depends on what's caused the drooping to occur in the first place. Botox, an injection that freezes muscles, is usually recommended if the lip drooping is as a result of the mandible muscles overuse and then inactivity. Applied to the corners of your lips, the liquid Botox in essence 'paralyses' the muscles around the mouth (not as scary as it sounds we assure you), which then lifts the lip corners, effectively undoing the drooping.
The other common treatment GPs enlist to combat drooping lips is dermal fillers. These fillers work to replace the lost collagen in skin, helping to fill in the gaps where tissue cells have died and reinstating volume into the face. Because dermal fillers positively restore the elasticity our skin loses through ageing, lips that have drooped over the course of time are then naturally lifted, and the drooping, in essence, reversed. Just as if we were magically young again.
Of course, these treatments, while highly effective, unfortunately don't last forever. So if you want to permanently combat the effects of drooping lips in the long term it will be necessary to repeat the procedures in the region of every 3 months or so. But, with either treatment option administered in less time than it takes to drink a cup of coffee, it's a small sacrifice to make for the price of a perfect smile.
If you think you could benefit from drooping lip correction, make a call to one of our PDC clinics today. A GP will contact you within the hour to discuss your requirements and make an appointment to review you in a clinic at a time and location that best suits you.
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