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Botox Injections for Fuller Lips & Better Smiles
In addition to treating wrinkles, Botox is also sometimes used to make lips appear fuller and correct smiles. The type of lip correction desired determines the specific location where Botox is injected. Botox remains active and relaxes muscles in the lips for up to three months.
Botox injected into specific sites on the lips can weaken muscles to smooth out upper and lower lip areas, elevate corners of the mouth, and remove “marionette” lines. These are the lines that extend downward from corners of mouth. Botox can also elevate the corners of the mouth. Injections can fix a “gummy” smile to show less gums.
One specific fix is referred to as the Botox “lip flip,” which relaxes muscles around the lips, causing them to curl, making them look larger.
The Botox “Lip Flip”
Although Botox is normally used for smoothing wrinkles in the upper facial region, it can provide benefits in the lip area as well. The Botox “lip flip” is a newer procedure used to correct smiles and make lips appear larger.
The lip flip relaxes the “orbicularis oris,” the muscles around the mouth. Relaxing these muscles causes the lip to roll outward and curl upward. This makes the lip look larger, lengthening the upper lip, without adding volume. This treatment allows the muscles to retain their function.
Performing the lip flip effectively takes experience to get the best results and allow the mouth to move properly. Injecting the correct muscles and with the right amount of Botox for each effect is complicated, but takes less than a minute to do. It is important to use a qualified, board-certified medical professional such as those in our Birmingham, MI MedSpa.
If you only desire more plump, voluminous lips, then lip fillers may be the best option. However, combining Botox and lip fillers together an be used for a more dramatic effect.
Botox for a “Gummy” Smile
A “gummy” smile is one that shows the gums above the teeth and may also show little to no upper lip. Botox can adjust the smile by placing injections in the “Cupid’s bow” of the lip. This is the muscle used to pucker lips, called the orbicularis oris.
When this muscle is relaxed, it causes the upper lip to curl slightly, making lips appear larger and the lips cover more of the gums.
Other Lip Plumping Injections
Injectable lip fillers are more often used to plump lips for a larger, fuller, younger look. We offer several options to choose from when deciding on the right lip filler for your desired results. These include: Juvederm, Restylane Volbella and more. Juvederm can last about 6 months, but longer if done alongside Botox – for the most dramatic plumping and enlarging effect. Volbella is more subtle and natural and can last up to 2 years.
Since lip injections and Botox cause different effects, it’s important to discuss options based on your personal needs. Dr. Ali will work with you to decide which procedure is best for your desired results.
Birmingham, MI’s Best Botox
Doctor Ali is a double 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 absolute best technologies in Botox, facials fillers, line fillers, lip fillers and 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!