Age and gravity can cause the mouth to turn downwards. In addition, the muscles responsible for tooth grinding can also cause premature drooping at the corners of the mouth. Fortunately, there is a safe and non-surgical solution to this common aesthetic concern– Botox. When injected into the Depressor Anguli Oris muscle, Botox lifts the corners of the mouth for a more neutral and pleasing “resting expression.”
Here at Dallas Dermatology Partners, we personalize Botox treatments to help patients achieve subtle, natural results. Restore your confidence along with the youthfulness of a cheerful lower face with high-quality dermatological care.
Botox for downturned mouth treatment
Botox injections may be appropriate for people whose mouth corners naturally drawdown at rest. This can also happen in younger patients with overactive Depressor Anguli Oris (DAO) muscles. If you want to address this, Botox can work wonders. The neuromodulator works by temporarily relaxing the downward pulling action of the DAO muscle.
This simple outpatient procedure has no downtime and lasts less than 15 minutes. The injections are not particularly painful, but patients can request a topical numbing cream if they are anxious.
Your dermatologist will inject the DAO muscles on either side of the mouth using a very fine needle and then apply firm pressure with a gauze pad to stop bleeding.
What to expect after the procedure
Botox around the mouth is a lunch-hour treatment with little risk of adverse side effects or complications. Most of our patients return to work or normal activities with nothing more than some mild redness. Bruising may develop but is easily concealed with mineral powder. We ask that patients avoid lying down for 4 hours after the treatment.
A mouth corner lift with Botox is a surprisingly quick procedure, but the results aren’t immediate. Instead, expect to see subtle improvements over the following seven days, with maximum effect after two weeks. During your follow-up appointment, our Botox Dallas dermatologists will determine if additional injections are needed.
How long do results last?
Botox for a downturned mouth can last up to five months, but this is dependent on your age, metabolism, and the dosage given. The majority of patients find that Botox results tend to wear off after three or four months.
Depending on your concerns, Botox may be combined with complementary treatments like dermal fillers for optimal results—for example, Juvederm and Restylane. These may be used along with Botox to elevate the corners of your mouth.
Botox treatment in Dallas
To find out if Botox is right for you, schedule a Dallas dermatology appointment.