There are people with facial contours that suggest a frown or sadness, even when they’re happy or content.

They may or may not regard their default expression as a burden.

But facial plastic surgeons are not infrequently asked to evaluate and treat people with this trait.

These otherwise upbeat folks may have been born this way. Or the look might have developed from stress and aging — both of which can multiply frown lines, thin out the lips and produce a downward turn at the corners of the mouth.


The happy news is that their treatment options are many.

A Turn for the Better

In the non-surgical, minimally-invasive category, one option is skin resurfacing with chemical peels or laser treatments to restore a fresh, youthful look around the mouth and elsewhere.

Another is filler augmentation of the lips, using a hyaluronic acid such as Juvederm to add volume. Juvederm can also be applied the corners of the mouth to achieve a subtle upward turn. Botox has likewise proven effective at raising the corners of the mouth.

Dr. Batniji doesn’t favor “permanent fillers or implants in the lips at this time as these products may result in an un-natural appearance” or discomfort.

Among surgeries, a facelift is a great option, especially if thinning lips are accompanied by the presence of jowls and marionette folds. Other surgical options for lips and mouth include lip advancement procedures, subnasal lip lifts, and corner-of-the-mouth lift surgery.

Surgical lip augmentation techniques provide more lasting results than injectable options, however they require a high level of skill and artistry from the surgeon.

Dr. Batniji is a board certified facial plastic surgeon who has dedicated the whole of his career to facial plastic surgery and beautifying the face. He is board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology. Dr. Batniji is an expert at creating beautiful, natural lip augmentation results.

Depending on the particular technique used, your lip reshaping procedure may take place in Dr. Batniji’s Newport Beach, California office or at one of the many fully accredited outpatient surgery centers or hospitals in Southern California with which Dr. Batniji is affiliated.

Dr. Batniji is happy to discuss all of your options for lip augmentation in more detail at the time of consultation. Contact him at (310) 467-2180 for more information or to schedule an appointment.