How dermal fillers can get rid of “sad mouth”

Do people always assume that you’re sad or upset? This is a frustrating problem that causes many people to turn to dermal fillers to look less sad. Unfortunately, lines sometimes form on our faces as we age that create a classic “sad” expression. These sadness lines can be especially prominent around the mouth and eyes. Having a permanent look of sadness on your face due to drooping skin or indentations around the mouth can cause you to send the wrong signals in professional and social settings. Anybody who is tired of being asked if they’re sad should consider how dermal fillers can help them to more accurately convey their emotions!

How do fillers make you appear less sad?

Lines, creases and indentations around the lips can make it appear like you’re frowning even when you think you’re making a completely neutral expression. This is what you might refer to as “sad mouth.” Unfortunately, no amount of make-up or concealer can hide this problem. In fact, make-up settling into the lines around the mouth often makes frown lines more obvious and pronounced. Attempting to create a happier pout by wearing bright lipstick can also draw more attention to the problem area.

Filling in lines around the lips is often the easiest way to scrub away a permanent sad expression. Marionette lines are often responsible for permanent sad expressions. Marionette lines form at the corners of the mouth to create a permanent frown that “drags” down your expression. The area surrounding the corners of the mouth can be smoothed and plumped with strategic fillers. Additionally, the smoothing effect can be continued out toward the fold that frames your entire mouth.

Some people like to also tackle thin, pursed-looking lips when getting injections done to diminish marionette lines. A combination of reducing deep creases around the mouth with plumping the lips can create a dramatic reversal of “sad mouth.” The result is a very cushioned, healthy look in the lower half of the face.

A scowling or furrowing look can also create a false expression. This is where eye fillers can come in to restore a more relaxed look to the eye area. Getting rid of lines and shadows under and near the eyes will erase the look of having a “dark cloud” hanging over your expression.

Will dermal fillers change my expression?

Many people aren’t comfortable with the idea of surgery to appear less sad. Fortunately, dermal fillers often correct or ease the problem significantly. You might be concerned that dermal fillers will leave you with a permanently alert or happy expression on your face. This isn’t something to worry about. Dermal fillers don’t correct a sad expression by creating an artificial “happy” expression. They simply bring your face back to a neutral, natural state. Of course, fillers that are used around the eyes and brow line may certainly give you a more alert expression simply because drooping is corrected. However, the effect is highly natural and subtle. There’s no need to worry that your face will be “trapped” in a state of unnatural happiness!

What’s in a dermal filler?

FDA-approved fillers like JuvédermBoletero and Restylane are injected below the skin to create volume in places where collagen, elastin and fat pads have been diminished by aging. Fillers contain a clear gel called hyaluronic acid. You may have seen hyaluronic acid listed as an ingredient in anti-aging and beauty creams. You may have even tried to use topical hyaluronic acid to get rid of the lines on your face that are causing your sad expression. However, it’s simply not possible to recreate the effects of dermal fillers using a topical dose of hyaluronic acid.

What you may not know is that our bodies produce hyaluronic acid naturally. This is one of the reasons why it is so nicely tolerated when injected under the skin. What’s more, hyaluronic acid actually nourishes the skin to create extended smoothness and vitality that accompanies the initial smoothing and plumping that occur following injections.

What happens when you get dermal fillers to look less sad?

During any Dermal Filler procedure, it is important for the injector to assess the three major elements of the face, the Foundation – midface region which includes the four aspects of the cheek, the Contours of the face, which includes the temples, jawline and chin and lastly but not least, the finishing touches of the lower face, including the lips, marionette lines, neck and nasolabial folds.

Dermal fillers are considered to be gentle and noninvasive. It typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete injections during an in-office visit. One of the first questions people have after being impressed with their results is how long they can expect those results to last. It’s reasonable to expect that results will last anywhere from six to 18 months. Factors like the type of filler used, the areas of injection and your skin’s responsiveness will all help to determine how long your results stay in place. Many people who are pleased with the way fillers erase signs of sadness simply maintain their results through regular visits. Anyone who is worried about results that are too drastic can certainly start with a very low-impact filler regiment that can be tweaked for more dramatic results in the future.

Can I still smile after getting dermal fillers around the mouth to look less sad?

Yes, it will be possible to smile just as you always have after injecting fillers in the lips or mouth to get rid of “sad face.” In fact, many people find that they feel freer to smile and make expressions because they are no longer concerned about the “sagging” effect that happens when they move their mouths. You will still be free to make a full range of expressions using your lips following injections.

Do fillers to look less sad cause bruising and swelling?

Some people do experience bruising and swelling following dermal injections. Most side effects diminish almost immediately. There isn’t necessarily any recovery time needed following dermal fillers.

We have many options to suit the wants and needs of different people. We assess what you need and what works for you. 

We hope this answers some of your questions, and if you do have any more questions, please contact our team.

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