The lip and mouth areas are prone to sun damage and are constantly active in speech and expression. The repetition of facial animation and speech leads to the development of creases and grooves around the lips and mouth. Combine this with the natural loss of skin elasticity that occurs with aging, and it’s no wonder that the lips and mouth are often two of the first places wrinkles form.
During a Botox treatment, a form of botulinum toxin is injected into a specific muscle. The toxin binds with the nerves, restricts nerve impulse conduction and temporarily paralyzes the muscles. When injected into the muscles around the lips, it relaxes them. This can decrease the appearance of the wrinkles noticed with puckering and the “bunny” lines that run from the outer edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth. This relaxation of the area can also produce a “pouty” look and decrease some of the creases around the mouth when it is at rest as well.
Botox Cosmetic affects muscle control, but it doesn’t plump up sagging or lined skin. Although there may appear to be some increase in volume once the lips are positioned differently, this result tends to be limited. Many of those small resting creases located around the edges of the lips often remain after treatment. Fillers may produce better results than Botox when it comes to adding volume to the lips or filling out fine creases.
Think about the kind of results you hope to attain before you use Botox for lip wrinkles. Scan before and after pictures of recipients of Botox lip treatments and compare them to those who have received lip filler. Discuss your expectations in a consultation with the health care provider who will perform the procedure. The effects of Botox last several months. Educating yourself before having the procedure may help you to avoid three months of avoiding mirrors.
Choosing a Provider
The loss of the ability to produce understandable speech, suck on a straw and smile would significantly change your life. These losses are all possible side effects of having Botox injected into the muscles around your mouth. Don’t put your health into the hands of just anyone. A board-certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon are the best choices when you are looking for someone to administer Botox. They will have a better understanding of the muscular structure of the face. Also, check the credentials, education and backgrounds of any potential providers.
Botox injections into the muscles around the lips are legal, but this it is not an approved use of the drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Learn more about potential side effects and contraindications of Botox before you schedule a treatment. Specific information about Botox is available from Allergan, the company that produces it, and also from the FDA. The information is accessible on their websites. Any side effects you experience should be reported to Allergan at (800) 433-8871 or the FDA at (800) 822-7967.
Journalist and medical writer Patti Kelly has been writing health and parenting articles within the health care industry since 2004. A registered nurse, she has experience as a direct care provider, medical writer and translator. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, Spanish and French from Simpson College and is also fluent in American Sign Language.