Is botox good for lips?

I've been thinking that my face would look a lot more refined if I had slightly larger lips but aren't sure the best way to go about it. Do people ever use Botox for their lips? Or is that what gives women that horrible "trout pout" you see on people who've had more plastic surgery than is good for them? I don't need anything extreme like that, I just want my lips to fit my face a little nicer. Should I maybe stay away from Botox and see about something else instead?

TracieEast

F, 31, North Carolina

Tags:woman age 25-34 lips thin lip injection

Many women are interested in using injectables to increase the fullness of their lips. The most common way that this is achieved is through the use of dermal fillers; specifically, hyaluronic acid fillers injected into the upper and lower lips. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body. It increases lip volume, giving a plumper and more youthful pout. It is safe, temporary and reversible, and can help restore a more youthful appearance to the lips, which can become thinner and show fine lines with age.

Botox is not used to plump up the lips. It can be used on the lips, however, for another purpose: to shape the lips, giving them a slightly pouty look. This is known colloquially as the "Botox Lip Flip." When injected into the right locations on the lips, it relaxes the orbicularis oris muscles around the mouth, by subtly rolling the lip line outward, giving the appearance of a fuller pout. As Botox injections are primarily used as a muscle relaxant, they cannot be used to make the lips appear larger. Botox must be injected into the lips with care, as too much Botox can result in drooling, or being unable to properly purse the lips.

If you would like a subtle lip enhancement, a dermal filler such as Juvederm or Restylane is recommended. Restylane Silk provides very smooth, natural-looking results. The key to avoiding the trout pout you mention is to find a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience using injectables, and to whom you can clearly articulate your aesthetic goals. Unwanted results occur most frequently as a result of inexperienced injectors, or patients who think they want a more pronounced enhancement than they actually need.

Botox treatment, or the Botulinum toxin, has been approved by the FDA for use as a facial muscle relaxant. Botox relaxes strong facial muscles, softening the dynamic lines that appear in the skin as a result of facial expression. "Botox" is a word that is so frequently used that people have begun to mistake it as a catch-all phrase for injectable treatments. This is inaccurate, however, as Botox injections cannot be used to add volume to the lips.

The non-invasive treatment that can accentuate your lips with greater volume is dermal filler injections. Hyaluronic-acid based dermal fillers are most commonly used for the lips, and can add shape, structure and volume. Moreover, hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules where it is injected, enhancing the soft volume. When lip volume is subtly increased, vertical lines and smoker lines are smoothed out, and the mouth area appears younger and refreshed.

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body in connective tissue and joint fluid, so an allergic reaction to the filler is extremely rare. It also has a complementary enzyme that reverses the effects, so if you are unhappy with the outcome for some reason, you can undo the treatment.

Juvederm and Restylane are most commonly used for plumping up the lip area. The greatest difference between the two products is in their texture. One of the most important differences between Juvederm and Restylane is texture. Juvederm tends to leave a smoother texture, while Restylane is more granulated; however, a new dermal filler named Restylane Silk now offers a smoother filler for the lips.  

On average, you can expect dermal fillers to last approximately six months. For those with a faster metabolism, they may not last as long, and, in some individuals, they last a little longer.

Many patients have a lip enhancement procedure performed over their lunch hour as there is no downtime, and then are able to go straight back to work. Mild side effects may include swelling of the lips for a few days, bruising, or asymmetry between the upper and lower lip. The most effective way to ensure a beautiful outcome and avoid the unwanted "trout pout" is to seek the services of an experienced plastic surgeon, dermatologist or cosmetic facial surgeon.

Tiny amounts can be used to soften the small lines around the lips sometimes referred to as "smokers lines". Other than that most people request fillers to change the volume or the shape of the lips. 

Great question! Botox in the lips are generally not recommended. Botox relaxes the muscle movements primarily in the forehead to soften the lines and subtlety lift the brow. If done in the lip area it may affect your mouth movement and speech. There are some great fillers that can enhance the lips and create a natural fullness. I typically like Restylane in the lips. It is a natural filler that lasts about 6 months. You will love what it can do! Good luck!

Botox is good for small lines around the mouth but not to be put in the lips, botox relaxes the muscle therefor it is not meant for the lips. What you want to make the lips larger is a filler like juvederm or restylane. 

It sounds like your needs would best be attended to with a hyaluronic filler. Lip augmentation is an easy process in the right hands. Botox can be used around the lips to address small lines since they come from muscle movement. The trout mouth is due to where the filler was placed and can easily be avoided although some people want that look. Good communication with your practitioner is key.

I do not advise the Botox in the lips as it can weaken the muscles that help you purse the lips causing you to have a lisp or potentially worse, drool. The trout pout is from too much filler being injected into the lips

I would recommend a filler called restylane silk for a smoother, natural increase.

Many people think of  Botox as a general term for cosmetic treatments. Botox is an endotoxin ( also dysport and xeomin) that keeps muscles from contracting  and will improve the look of animation lines - think crows feet, surprise lines on the forehead or frown lines between the eyes.

i think you would be happy with a product like restylane silk designed to be a moderate enhancement. Lip filler is very popular as matte lipstick is hugely fashionable and really looks best on a smooth, slightly fuller lip


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