The board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery are leaders in refining and restoring the area around the mouth, also known as the 'perioral' region. Our surgeons lecture nationally on the topic of facial and perioral rejuvenation.
While there are many nuances, the most common procedures for around-the-mouth surgery include lip lift, corner mouth lift, lip advancement and direct excisions. It is certainly no secret that as we age, we begin to see our lips thin and lose the voluptuous volume they once had. Lines and creases begin to appear around the mouth, especially at the corners from years of smiling, laughing, and an occasional frown.
For patients with descent of the corners of the mouth, they often complain of looking frustrated or sad when they in face feel fine. This facial symbolism can be erased with a corner mouth lift. Often this operation is performed in conjunction with a facelift or other around-the-mouth procedure. Call our Reston, VA, practice to learn more.
Corner Mouth Lift Reviews
"I looked old, tired and angry. I felt old, tired and angry. I had aged way beyond my 58 years and after years of wanting plastic surgery, it was time to take action. My sister had gone to Dr. Robert Sigal at Austin-Weston for breast implant replacements and was very happy with his work, but I wanted a surgeon that had significant experience with facial rejuvenation. After extensive research, it turned out that Dr. Sigal had the exact experience I was looking for. As soon as I met Dr. Sigal , I knew that he was the surgeon for me. We decided on the procedures (rhinoplasty, face/neck lift, mid-face lift, upper and lower bletharoplasty, chin re-shaping, lip and corner mouth lift, fat grafting to various areas and fraxel laser treatment) and then I scheduled the surgery a few months following the consultation to give me time to prepare my skin to ensure the best results from the fraxel. Following the surgery, I spent the night in the Austin-Weston clinic with a full-time nurse watching over me. My nurse made sure I got my medications, checked my drain, kept me company, etc., so I was able to get a good nights sleep. Dr. Sigal had left to do volunteer work in Haiti so Dr. Weston came in to check me over and sent me on my way. Even though I looked like I had been in a bar fight, I had no pain. It was uncomfortable and a little annoying for the first 5 days, but that’s it. I took Valium and Motrin but did not need the oxicodone at all. By the second week, I could go out with makeup. I am now at week 8 and I feel terrific. No more old, tired, angry old lady! I can not express how wonderful this change has been for me. Thank you Dr. Sigal!"- J.A. / Google / Jan 15, 2017
The typical incision for a corner mouth lift rests at the junction of the red pigmented lip tissue and the normal upper lip skin. The incision is confined to the corner of the mouth and allows a down-turned corner mouth to be lifted to its normal anatomic location. Combined with other facial rejuvenation and refinement options such as eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, or cosmetic injectables, your face and the area around your mouth can be restored to a more youthful appearance.
Around-the-mouth surgery can be a combination of several procedures that are often done together to achieve maximum results. The most common combination is a lip lift to raise the central component of the upper lip and a corner mouth lift to elevate the corners. These two procedures are often done together to remove the negative facial symbolism created by a long upper lip with down-turned corners.
Other procedures may include adding fullness to your lips and filling in the lines around the mouth. This is done with either fat transfer or fillers such as Juvéderm®.
For finer lines and wrinkles, skin resurfacing using lasers, dermabrasion, chemical peels, or a combination of these procedures may also be recommended.
As with most facial rejuvenation procedures, recovery for corner mouth lift and around-the-mouth surgery includes swelling and possible bruising. A corner mouth lift can be performed under local anesthesia alone, though if there are multiple other procedures being performed, many patients choose to have a general anesthetic. Sutures are removed from the corner mouth lift by one week and the patient can begin wearing makeup. The scars fade with time and can become nearly invisible with appropriate after care.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $4,200
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
Restore your look
Unfortunately, a facelift does not address the region around the mouth, and procedures like a corner mouth lift, lip lift or direct excision may be recommended to restore facial balance. If down-turned lip corners are one of your concerns, then a corner mouth lift surgery can restore your youthful look. Call our cosmetic practice in Reston, VA today to schedule a private consultation with one of our plastic surgeons to learn more.