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Non-Surgical Smile Lift

The corners of your mouth can sag over time leaving you with a sad or brooding appearance. A small amount of filler and/or Botox can quickly bring up the corners of the mouth leaving you with a more approachable look.

“The most common complaint of my patients with a downward turning mouth is it makes them look mad or unhappy,” says Dr. Ricciardelli.

He has over 25 years of experience injecting Botox and fillers and keenly aware of what is crucial in achieving a natural mouth position. Dr. Ricciardelli has been named an Expert Injector by New Beauty Magazine.

How does the non-surgical smile lift work?

Strategically placed fillers are added to the area surrounding the mouth to provide volume and support. At your consultation, Dr. Ricciardelli will discuss the amount and type of filler that will best achieve your goals. Botox and Xeomin are used to relax the muscle that pulls down the mouth corners. Your filler may last longer with the addition of Botox or Xeomin as it helps to keep it in place. Dr. Ricciardelli will determine the amount of units required to get the lift and look you desire, but typically it is a very small amount.

What do I need to do before my injection?

At your consultation, Dr. Ricciardelli will examine your face, paying particular attention to facial structure, skin laxity and quality, and the degree of downward turn in your mouth. Your goals and expectations will be discussed thoroughly. One to two weeks before your injection, Dr. Ricciardelli may recommend stopping aspirin, St. John’s Wort, high doses of vitamin E or blood thinners to minimize your risk of bruising. A medical grade skincare regime for before and after your procedure will enhance the overall improvement. Feel free to bring a list of questions. We love an informed patient. Dr. Ricciardelli will let you know what to expect before, during and after your procedure and answer all of your questions.

What can I expect during and after the treatment?

At your cosmetic consultation and treatment appointment, Dr. Ricciardelli will thoroughly discuss your goals and expectations. This procedure is quick and simple and is performed with a very an ultra-fine needle. A topical numbing cream will most likely be used but you can elect to have a modified dental block in that area. The mouth area tends to be a little more sensitive. You will be given an instruction sheet for your specific needs and small ice packets to apply after treatment. Arnica Montana can speed up the healing process and is available if you are someone who bruises easily. Generally it takes about three days before you see changes and 2 weeks before the full effects can be seen. Expect the treatment to last 4 to 6 months in most cases. Some patients will elect to wait 6 months before a subsequent injection if they are still getting some resolution and lift. If you elect not to repeat the injection, your mouth will return to its original state over time will drop. Re-treating the area is a good way to prevent the progression of aging in this area. Our door is always open for any questions.

Why choose Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology

It’s about confidence: confidence in the person doing your injections, confidence that your wishes and individual concerns will be heard, and confidence you will get the results you want. Do not trust your face to an unqualified provider or spa injector. Dr. Ricciardelli has the experience and reputation that ensures you are trusting in a surgeon with a known track record and the qualifications and certifications that recognize him on a regional and national level. He has performed more injections than any other plastic surgeon in the area.

Ready to take the next step? Schedule your consultation now!

At your consultation you'll meet with one of our surgeons and we'll discuss all of your options and answer all of your questions.

Meet Dr. Edward Ricciardelli

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli is one of the most highly trained plastic surgeons in the country. He is the only plastic surgeon in the area who is board certified in both head, neck, and facial surgery and plastic surgery.  He has been performing facial surgery for over 29 years.  During that time he has taught and trained other plastic and facial surgeons, lectured around the country, given courses on facial surgery, and cared for thousands of surgical patients. Read more…

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