As you age- your smile changes from turning up at the corners to being strait across then eventually in your 40’s-50’s turning upside down- pulling down in the corners.
Why does this happen?
The reason this happens is the tendon that ties the corners of your mouth to your jaw tighten up and shrink- inhibiting the movement of the corners of your lips.
What can be done about it?
- You can’t get the tendons cut- (I asked)
- Botox- stops the muscles around the tendon from contracting-so when you smile it doesn’t pull further down. But it doesn’t restore the ability for the corners to turn upwards- since they are still tethered to the jaw.
Basically- the leading plastic surgeon I consulted with said there’s nothing that can be done. It happens to everyone and unfortunately it can’t be fixed.
I was unwilling to accept this answer and brainstormed up a very successful solution. Note- it is painful the first few times- just know that over time it doesn’t hurt to do.
SOLUTION: lengthen the tendons by stretching them out over time (you see results from first time) Before you try this- take a picture of your closed mouth smile/ open mouth smile. Observe the corners. After take another picture- you will see the corners can lift higher. If you stretch it out daily it will take a few days to a week to restore full motion. Maintain weekly for 6 months then monthly.
How to lengthen your tendons: Find the tendons by sliding your finger inside your cheek between the corner of your mouth and your first or second molar on your lower jaw. You will feel the tendon connecting them as a hard vertical cord or thin strap with soft tissue on either side. From inside your mouth- push outward on this tendon with your finger tip- moving in centimeter increments up to the top and down to the bottom of the tendon.(press, press, press) You can also slide finger up and down tendon while pressing outwards but limit how many times you do it to like 5 or 6 or the pressure might cause damage to the inside of your cheek.
The first time will be quite painful- its never been stretched before and isn’t used to it. It’s like stretching to be able to do the splits- each time you stretch to get closer to the ground. It’s the same exact thing- repeat daily or once every few days- stretch it as much as you can handle. After a few months you can feel when its reached maximum stretch. Also when it doesn’t hurt to stretch- its fully stretched.
Note- because older skin has less elasticity in it- your cheek skin will appear stretched out for around 5 minutes after- not to worry- it will return to normal. In fact- over time (6 mos?) You will notice an overall reduction of jowls or loose skin below corners of mouth.
Questions? Ask as a comment and I will reply.