Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Richard Buckley Comments How the Below-the-Lip Labiomental Crease is Often Overlooked in Facial Rejuvenation

One area that people often don’t think about when assessing facial wrinkles is the labiomental crease. But addressing it can make a big difference in the impact of facial rejuvenation procedures.

It’s true that the labiomental crease can contribute to lower facial aging, and while some have used surgery or implants to address what can be a deep horizontal facial crevice, we’ve found that fillers are effective and are the least invasive of the options.

When assessing one’s facial wrinkles, there’s one area that people often don’t think about. But the truth is that addressing it can make a big difference in the overall impact of facial rejuvenation procedures, according to cosmetic surgeon Dr. Richard Buckley. The labiomental crease is a horizontal indentation or groove between the lower lip and bottom of the chin. The facial line can become deeper with aging, making the chin appear to protrude more than it does or simply making people look older. Lower face rejuvenation to address the lips, lip lines and marionette lines (which run from the corners of the lips straight down the chin), nasolabial folds (which go from the bottom of each side of the nose to the sides of the lips) and jowls can be incomplete without also addressing the labiomental crease, says Dr. Buckley, who is medical director of MilfordMD Cosmetic Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center, in Milford, Penn.

“While attending this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego, I noticed one of the speakers was addressing the importance of using fillers to correct that labiomental crease, in the larger picture of facial rejuvenation,” Dr. Buckley says. “It’s true that the labiomental crease can contribute to lower facial aging, and while some have used surgery or implants to address what can be a deep horizontal facial crevice, we’ve found that fillers are effective and are the least invasive of the options.”

The cosmetic surgery industry publication Cosmetic Surgery Times covered the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery presentation on the labiomental crease by plastic surgeon Dr. Sheila C. Barbarino. A vastly overlooked area by patients and cosmetic surgeons, alike, correcting this crease…

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