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The Corner of the Mouth Lift For the Sad or Aging Mouth Correction

When it comes to treating the aging face, most everyone immediately thinks about a facelift. While a facelift can be a variable concept depending upon how it is done, many patients assume that it is an effective cure for all parts of the face including the mouth. The reality is that lifting the downturned corners of the mouth is almost completely unaffected by a facelift…and trying to do so will likely create a very tight and unnatural facelift result that will leave the patient disappointed.

The reason a facelift can not change the sagging mouth corners is two-fold. First, the point of pull is simply too far away to be effective. The distance between the ear and the corner of the mouth is too distantly separated. Secondly and equally important is that their vectors are completely perpendicular to each other. The sagging corner of the mouth drops vertically, while a facelift pulls tissues laterally. A negligible pull from the wrong vector equals no improvement.

The corner of the mouth lift represents a simple but highly effective method for changing the downturned or sad mouth corner. It works because it attacks the problem directly, affecting its position directly over the problem and in the right vertical or upward direction. Its simplicity is matched by its effectiveness whether done in isolation or as part of a more extensive facial rejuvenation procedure.

Corner of Mouth Lift Design Dr Barry Eppley IndianapolisIn the November 2013 issue of the Archives of Plastic Surgery, an article appeared entitled ‘Descended Mouth Corner: An Ignored But Needed Feature of Facial Rejuvenation’. In this article, the descended mouth corner lift, also known as an anguloplasty, is presented. The authors treated 71 patients using the corner of the mouth lift technique with consistently good results, with just one requiring revision. They conclude that this procedure by itself and in combination with other small operations or even a full face lift can help rejuvenate the aging mouth area.

Corner of Mouth Lift in Indianapolis by Dr Barry EppleyThis is one of the few articles in the medical literature that has written about a mouth lifting procedure that has been around for decades. I would corroborate most everything the article has to say about the corner of the mouth lift with the exception of the number of revisions. Even though it is a very small procedure in surface area, it does create a scar line that goes slightly beyond the vermilion tissue of the mouth corner. While not usually an issue in older patients, some occasional scar touchups may be needed in younger patients with less tolerant skin.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Dr. Barry EppleyDr. Barry Eppley

Dr. Barry Eppley is an extensively trained plastic and cosmetic surgeon with more than 20 years of surgical experience. He is both a licensed physician and dentist as well as double board-certified in both Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This training allows him to perform the most complex surgical procedures from cosmetic changes to the face and body to craniofacial surgery. Dr. Eppley has made extensive contributions to plastic surgery starting with the development of several advanced surgical techniques. He is a revered author, lecturer and educator in the field of plastic and cosmetic surgery.

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