Botox Injections for Lip Flips & Gummy Smiles!
Botox is no longer just for foreheads! In addition to diminishing wrinkles & lines between and around the eyes, Botox is now being used to help lips appear fuller and make smiles more beautiful. Lip enhancement using Botox can involves injection into specific locations around the mouth and lips to make a smile wider, more upturned or even more symmetrical. When used to treat lips, Botox results remain active and relaxes the muscles in the lips for up to three months.
When Botox is injected into areas of the lips it can smooth out the upper and lower lip areas, lift the corners of the mouth, and even remove “marionette” lines that form “parentheses” around the corners of mouth. Botox can also elevate the corners of the mouth for a wider smile. Botox injections can also treat a “gummy” smile to show more lip and less gums.
One of the most popular Botox lip enhancement at AMAE Med Spa in Birmingham, MI is the Botox “lip flip,” which relaxes the muscles around the lips, causing them to curl outward, making them look larger.
Botox “Lip Flip”
Although Botox was originally used for smoothing wrinkles in the upper facial region, one of its more popular uses is the so-called “lip flip”. The Botox “lip flip” is a newer procedure used to correct smiles and make lips appear larger.
When Botox is skillfully injected around the lips, it can relax the “orbicularis oris” muscles around the mouth. Relaxing these muscles causes the upper lip to roll outward and curl upward. This makes the upper lip look larger, lengthening it and turning it outward – but without actually adding volume.
For patients who desire more plumpness or volume in the lips, fillers may be a better treatment than Botox option. However, Botox and lip fillers can also be used together to achieve a more dramatic effect.
Performing the lip flip effectively takes experience to get the best results and allow the mouth to move properly. Injecting the correct muscles with the precise amount of Botox is complicated, but takes less than a few minutes to do.
It is very important that a lip flip be performed by a skilled plastic surgeon or certified nurse injector, to ensure that the muscles relax but still retain their function. Renowned Birmingham, MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali has performed hundreds of Botox lip flips with excellent results, always ensuring that patients can still speak, chew, smile and use their mouth muscles normally.
Botox “Gummy Smiles”
A “gummy” smile is a common term for a smile that shows the gums above the teeth – and may also show less or very little upper lip when smiling. When Botox is injected into the “Cupid’s bow” of the lip it can relax “tight” lips so that they cover more of the gums.
The muscle that is used to pucker the lips, is called the orbicularis oris. When this muscle is relaxed with Botox injections, it causes the upper lip to curl slightly outward. While this doesn’t actually add volume to the lips like fillers do, it does make the upper lip appear larger so that the lips cover more of the gums.
Lip Fillers for Plumping Lips
For patients who desire more volume in their lips, dermal fillers are typically a better option than Botox injections.
Dermal filler manufacturers have developed several specialized injectable lip filler formulas that are specifically designed to plump lips. These treatments create larger, fuller, lips with long last results.
AMAE Med Spa in Birmingham, MI offers several lip filler options to choose from, when deciding which lip filler is ideal for your desired results. These specialized lip filler formulas including: Juvéderm Volbella XC, Ultra XC and Ultra Plus XC. (Learn More About Juvéderm Lip Fillers Here.) Juvéderm
Juvéderm Ultra XC lip filler can last about 6 months when used in lips and offers the most dramatic plumping effect. Juvéderm Volbella is more subtle and natural and can last from 1 to 2 years. When used in conjunction with Botox, lip fillers often last even longer, because there is less muscle movement around the lips.
Restylane Silk was the first lip filler approved by the FDA and remains popular with our Birmingham, Mi patients. Newer Restylane Kysse is slightly more subtle – adding natural-looking volume while preserving flexible movement. Restylane Kysse has been proven to last for up to a year and improves both the texture and color of the lips, while maintaining a full range of expressions.
Since lip injections and Botox cause different effects, it’s important to discuss your treatment options with Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali or one of our nurse injectors. They will work with you to decide which lip enhancement procedure is best for your desired results.
Botox Lip Flip | Birmingham, MI
Doctor Ali is a Birmingham, MI board certified plastic surgeon, and an experienced Botox specialist. He will take the time to understand your appearance goals, assess your facial and skin condition, and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Our Birmingham Med Spa offers the most effectives and advanced technologies in Botox and lip fillers – as well as wrinkle and line reduction. Schedule a consultation to see if Botox, or another facial or lip filler procedure, is right for you. Then relax in our Birmingham MedSpa, while we make you look and feel younger and even more beautiful!
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