Do you have a permanent frown? this is a common condition that happens when the skin on either side of the mouth pulls down. while this can often be corrected through Botox or dermal fillers, sometimes facelift surgery is required to correct it. A recent episode of ABC’s The Doctors profiled this common issue and an exciting surgery that specifically targets “permafrown.”
“I am a positive and upbeat person,” says Deb, a 56-year-old woman who suffered for years from permafrown. “When I look in the mirror what I see is my mouth is drooping. Doesn’t mean that I’m sad, just that the side of my mouth is going down.” she sought the help of plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn.
“There are millions of Americans that basically inherit a grumpy look,” says Dr. Youn, “and whether they’re happy, sad, angry, or even scared, they always look like they’re frowning.
“In some patients, when it’s not so bad, we can inject fillers, and fillers can work for them. But in some cases, like with Deborah, it’s severe and they always look grumpy… in that situation, we need surgery.”
In the video, you can see Dr. Youn perform something that he calls the grin lift, which removes small amounts of skin on either side of the mouth.
“It’s a very simple procedure where I remove a little bit of skin from above each corner of the mouth to actually lift it up. it does create a little scar, but usually it heals very, very nicely. The procedure literally takes about 15 minutes. Basically as simple as taking a mole off of somebody.”
The procedure can be performed under local anesthetic and produces very short scars that heal “beautifully.” when Deb steps onto the stage, it would take a very close examination to see that she has had any kind of procedure done.
If you have a permafrown, there are a variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures that might be able to help. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse can often enhance the appearance of frown lines, while facelift surgery can usually resolve drooping skin on the lower half of the face.