How Botox® Works for the Lips and Mouth
While Botox®’s more common usage is to relieve wrinkles in the forehead area and the corners of the eye, it has definite benefits for the lower part of your face, too. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles in which it’s injected, making the muscles relax so existing wrinkles smooth out, and new wrinkles don’t form. These include the muscles we use to smile, which create deep creases called nasolabial folds, or “parentheses” from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Botox® can also correct “marionette lines,” from the corners of the mouth down the chin. Fine lines around your mouth and lips, sometimes called “smoker’s lines,” causing you trouble? Botox® can help.
But Botox® does not affect only wrinkles. It can enhance your mouth by elevating the corners of your lips, and correct what’s known as a “gummy” smile where too much of your gums show when you smile. Applying Botox® to your cupid’s bow will relax the muscles responsible for lip lift when you smile, keeping your top lip from rising and showing too much of your gums. Upper lip enhancement is called a Botox® Lip Flip. By injecting Botox® into the upper middle of your upper lip, we can relax those muscles, which will cause your lip to curl upward, giving it more length and a larger appearance. For a more dramatic effect, dermal fillers may be added for even plumper lips.
When Can I See Results From Botox® Treatments?
It may take between 5-7 days for the full effects of your Botox® injections to set in. The length of time Botox® lasts depends on what part of your mouth you’ve enhanced. For the Botox® Lip Flip, results can last 2-3 weeks, making it an attractive procedure for short-term improvements for social occasions such as weddings. For treatment of nasolabial folds or marionette lines, the treatment lasts longer, up to 3-5 months.