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Some people may feel that the appearance of their mouth can make them look sad or upset to others, usually caused by oral commissure lines (also known as marionette lines) which are lines at the corners of the mouth that look downturned.
Some people may feel that the appearance of their mouth can make them look sad or upset to others, usually caused by oral commissure lines (also known as marionette lines) which are lines at the corners of the mouth that look downturned. These lines result from overactive facial muscles and loss of skin elasticity related to ageing. Over time, oral commissure lines worsen and contribute to an angry or sad-looking appearance.
Nowadays, treatment for this condition to provide a lift that creates an enhanced contour around the mouth is available. Injections of dermal fillers are done to fill in any sagging skin and give a boost to the patient’s self-confidence by restoring the natural facial appearance. Another way is by injecting muscle relaxants into the depressor anguli oris muscle of the mouth so that a subtle lift in the target area can be completed to enhance the mouth contour. At Total Face Group, we have clinics around Melbourne that are dedicated to offering oral commissure treatment to enable patients to look and feel the way they want.
Ideal candidates for our oral commissure treatment are those who have permanent lines around the mouth that makes them look older, sad or angry and are in good overall health. If you have sagging skin that leads to the formation of oral commissures, then dermal filler injections may be used along with the treatment to achieve optimum results.
Oral commissure lines are treated in one of our Melbourne clinics. During an oral commissure treatment, a muscle relaxant is injected directly into the muscles around the mouth to block nerve signals, resulting in controlled weakening in the area. If the muscles are relaxed, then the lines around the mouth will appear to be smoother. A thin needle is used to administer the muscle relaxant into the muscles responsible for the formation of the lines. It is usually combined with dermal filler injections to add volume to the target area and reduce sagging. No bandages need to be worn after the treatment and there is no recovery period necessary. Patients can immediately resume normal activities after the procedure.
A few days after the injections a noticeable relaxing of the muscles can be seen. Full effect of the procedure can be visible within ten days. The results of muscle relaxant injections usually last from 3 to 6 months. After that, the effect gradually wears off and the oral commissures will appear again. Regular injections are needed by the patient in order to maintain their appearance.
After undergoing the treatment, patients can experience some degree of redness, bruising, swelling and tenderness which can last for several days. Visible effects can be hidden with make-up. Avoid touching or rubbing the area for at least 12 hours and avoid lying down for 3 to 4 hours so that the injected muscle relaxant will not spread and affect nearby muscles. Serious complications are rare, but it can lead to the development of infection and long-term tingling sensation in the treated area.
To make a booking or enquiry for an oral commissure treatment, just contact our general number on 13 32 23 or one of our Melbourne clinics and speak to one of our friendly staff today!
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