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How Is Botox Used for Lip Injections?
The “Botox lip flip” is a procedure done with Botox injections to make your lips appear larger.
Your dermatologist or plastic surgeon will inject multiple units of Botox into the upper middle part of your upper lip. When the muscles relax, your lip will curl upward. This lengthens your upper lip, making it appear larger without actually adding any volume.
Injecting Botox into your lip area can provide several cosmetic benefits or improvements.
When injected in the lip area, Botox can help:
- minimize creases in the upper and lower lip area
- elevate the corners of your mouth
- remove marionette lines, or lines that run downward from the corners of your mouth
- correct a “gummy” smile
- enhance the upper lip, also known as the “Botox lip flip”
In most cases, Botox injections takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Injections aren’t considered a surgical procedure, and no recovery time is needed afterward. You should be able to continue your usual activities immediately after your Botox appointment.
If you’re looking to add plumpness, talk to your dermatologist or plastic surgeon about adding a lip filler injection. You can opt for only lip filler, or use Botox and lip fillers for a dramatic plumping effect.
If you choose to combine procedures, your doctor will likely use Botox to create the lip flip and the filler hyaluronic acid (Restylane or Juvederm) to add plumpness. This effect usually lasts two to three weeks, making it a popular choice for special occasions.
What’s the Botox technique for a ‘gummy’ smile?
You may have looked up lip plumping as a treatment for a “gummy” smile. If the gums above your upper teeth show when you smile, it’s considered “gummy.” Some people display little or no upper lip when they smile. The technique for reducing a gummy smile is similar to the Botox lip flip.
Your doctor will inject Botox into the area of your lip known as the Cupid’s bow. This is the middle of your upper lip, where the orbicularis oris muscle is. This is the muscle you work when you pucker your lips.
The Botox will make your muscles relax, causing your lips to curl slightly. When you smile, your relaxed muscles will help cover your gums and allow more of your lips to show. This effect will make your lip look bigger. Always consult your dermatologist or plastic surgeon if you wish to add volume to your lips.
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