Downturned Mouth

Light Touch Clinic specialises in the safe and effective treatment of marionette lines. Our skin experts offer the latest treatments to boost dermal volume around the mouth.

About Downturned Mouth

Marionette lines are aptly named due to their appearance being similar to that of a marionette puppet, and its characteristically ‘split jaw’. These lines run from the outer corners of the mouth, downwards towards the chin and are a common symptom of ageing – usually developing during middle age.

The development of marionette lines can often give the mouth a downturned appearance, giving a sad expression. A loss in facial volume usually occurs as the skin becomes aged, this is due to a weakened structure as fat, soft tissues, and levels of collagen & elastin decrease. With a loss in volume, the face begins to be more suspectable to gravity, making for the downward effect.

As with other ageing-related concerns, lifestyle choices such as smoking, poor diet, alcohol consumption and overexposure to the sun, can have a negative impact on the ageing process and speed up its progression.

Book an appointment with us today to speak to our experts about how our treatment can help to reduce the appearance of marionette lines and a downturned mouth.

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Downturned Mouth – Frequently Asked Questions

Marionette lines are facial wrinkles or lines that extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin. They are named after the resemblance to the strings on a marionette puppet. When these lines deepen, they can pull the corners of the mouth downward, accentuating the appearance of a downturned mouth.

These lines become more prominent with age due to a combination of factors including loss of collagen and elastin, gravity, and repetitive facial expressions. Marionette lines can contribute to an aged or tired look.

Improving the appearance of a downturned mouth can be achieved through various methods. Facial exercises targeting the muscles around the mouth can help lift and tone the area over time.

Additionally, dermal fillers or injectables can be used to add volume to the lips or surrounding areas, subtly lifting the corners of the mouth. Check out our full range of treatments available to improve the appearance of a downturned mouth.

Maintaining good skincare habits, such as staying hydrated and using moisturisers, can also contribute to a more youthful appearance. Book a consultation with us to discuss some of our treatment options for a downturned mouth.

Yes, there are facial exercises and massages that may help lift downturned corners of the mouth. Smile exercises involve gently lifting the corners of the mouth into a smile and holding for a few seconds.

Applying gentle pressure to the corners of the mouth with your fingers while trying to lift them upwards can also be beneficial. Massaging the area with upward strokes can improve circulation and muscle tone.

While results may vary, it’s best to consult with us to create the best plan of action to treat a downturned mouth.

The reversibility of a downturned mouth varies depending on its cause and chosen treatment. Lifestyle changes, exercises, or temporary cosmetic procedures like fillers can offer great improvement. 

Genetics can significantly influence the shape of the mouth, including the presence of downturned corners. Facial features are often inherited traits, and the shape of the mouth, including its corners, can be passed down through family lines.

You may inherit characteristics such as lip shape, size, and orientation, which can contribute to the appearance of downturned corners.

Yes, stress or tension in facial muscles can contribute to a downturned mouth. When experiencing stress, individuals may unconsciously tense their facial muscles, leading to increased muscle tension and strain.

This tension can pull the corners of the mouth downward, resulting in a downturned appearance. Additionally, chronic stress can contribute to habits such as clenching the jaw or furrowing the brow, which can further exacerbate muscle tension in the face.

Over time, this repetitive muscle movement can contribute to the formation of wrinkles and lines around the mouth, including marionette lines.

Meet The Light Touch Team

Natalie Geary

Dr Natalie Geary

Medical Director

Hayley Toogood

Hayley Toogood

Emerald Lead / Front of House

Sammy Wilson

Sammy Wilson

Senior Aesthetician

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