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
"Amazing Result - Reston, VA - Dr. Weston is highly skilled. He was the 3rd doctor I consulted and I knew instantly he was the one I wanted to do my facelift. He was the only doctor who suggested a lip lift to compliment the facelift. I am so glad I elected to do the lift lip as well. Amazing results!"- G. / RateMDs / Jan 02, 2016
"In 2011, at the age of 36, I made two appointments at Austin Weston. One was for a general consultation with one of the doctors. The assistant and doctor (I can’t recall which one) were very attentive and listened to everything I said. At one point, the doctor called in the other two doctors in the practice and they all examined my areas of concern and offered their suggestions. I thought it was impressive that they all took the time and effort to give me the best consultation they could - and it was free. In my second appointment a few weeks later, I wanted injections in my upper lip (which was not discussed in the consultation, rather we discussed other methods to achieve my goals). But I figured why not give it a try as a “bridge procedure”. The nurse got me settled into the examination room and even opened the syringe package in preparation for the doctor. He came in and curiously looked at and gently pressed on my face. After his exam, he told me he did not want to inject my upper lip because it was actually full, and if he did, I would look like a duck (lol). He was right. Then I reminded him of the initial consultation and how we discussed a lip lift, and he agreed if I wanted the result I envisioned, that was the preferred procedure (which would be permanent, more aesthetically pleasing, and way cheaper in the long run). My upper lip is full, it just needs a little lift to expose the fullness. He even tried to find somewhere else to inject me, but I simply didn’t have any wrinkles to “inject”. He told me with a smile that he didn’t want to inject me at all. He told me not to waste my money - to go buy a nice pair of shoes instead (please don’t read any condescension in that, he was sincere). And saying this while his practice likely took a loss due to the already opened injection package. I was further impressed by this encounter. Fast forward to 2018, now 43, I’m finally ready mentally and financially to go forward with the procedures we discussed. I’m glad I waited. I’m setting up my third appointment this week ;) I highly recommend Austin Weston!"- K.E. / Google / Jan 14, 2018
"Amazing Result - Reston, VA - Dr. Weston is highly skilled. He was the 3rd doctor I consulted and I knew instantly he was the one I wanted to do my facelift. He was the only doctor who suggested a lip lift to compliment the facelift. I am so glad I elected to do the lift lip as well. Amazing results!"- G. / RealSelf / Jan 02, 2016
"Wonderful Experience, Wonderful Results - I've had two surgeries done at Austin-Weston: a chin implant/neck lift, and a rhinoplasty/upper lip lift. Dr. Knotts did both procedures, and I'm VERY happy with my results and with the care and professionalism of everyone I interacted with; the doctor, nurses, and front desk staff are all top notch. In addition, they were all wonderfully patient with my questions and never tried to rush me--I always felt comfortable and fully informed. I highly recommend them!"- P. / RealSelf / Jun 16, 2019
"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 14, 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 $5,000
- 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.
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