How Can I Get More Youthful-Looking Lips?

Sure, the most common signs of aging are usually fine lines and wrinkles. Think 11 lines, forehead lines, and bunny lines.

But did you know that your lips can give away your age too? Smooth, plump lips are one of the hallmarks of youthfulness, so the opposite is true for a thinning, wrinkled pout.

So, what causes this? Aging is definitely a factor, for one, as we lose volume everywhere in the face as we get older. Genetics is another factor as well as smoking and excess sun exposure that can  affect the appearance of your lips over time.

Fortunately, there’s easy and effective solutions for aging lips barring any contraindications and that is Botox and Fillers!

Botox is a brand name and is short for the neurotoxin or neuromodulator called botulinum toxin type A. This substance temporarily relaxes the underlying facial muscles in the treated area, helping to smooth existing and prevent new fine lines and wrinkles. 

The treatment itself usually takes minutes to perform and requires virtually no downtime, with the results lasting 3-4 months depending on many factors.

How Can Botox Help the Lips? 

  • botox injection on lipsTo enhance and subtly plump the upper lip.

Also known as a  “Lip Flip,” this involves injecting Botulinum toxin into the muscle surrounding the lip to relax the muscle, thus causing the lip to curl outward  or “flip.”

This is especially ideal for patients who’ve lost fullness in their upper lips over time and just want a subtle enhancement without actually adding any volume from filler.

Neurotoxins around the mouth tend to have a shorter duration of action in this area when compared to other areas of the face, it is not uncommon for Botox to only last 6-8 weeks in this  perioral area.

  • To correct a gummy smile.

When your lips lose volume as you age, the upper lip may seem to disappear when you smile, revealing the gums above the upper teeth or you simply always had the dreaded   “gummy smile.” Botox can be injected into an area above your upper lip to relax the muscles that elevate the upper lip, thereby decreasing the amount of gum visible when you smile. 

  • To minimize wrinkles or smokers lines around the lips

Lip lines and wrinkles tend to form over time due to:

  • Smiling
  • Frowning
  • Laughing
  • Kissing
  • Smoking

Injections of Botox in the muscles around the mouth may not fully erase the lines around the mouth but will certainly help to soften them and prevent worsening.  

Now if you’re looking to restore or add volume to your lips, dermal filler injections might be a better option. Those who want more dramatic results may also benefit from a combination of both Botox and filler injections. 

Regardless of the reason you desire treatment, the most important thing to consider to ensure that you get the results you desire is to consult with a qualified and experienced injector.

Here at ReJuv, Dr. Polon takes the time to sit down with each client and considers their personal medical history, discuss beauty ratios/proportions, clients particular concerns, and desired outcome. She has helped countless patients in Erie, PA restore a fuller, more youthful yet natural-looking pout utilizing a full complement of the popular FDA-approved Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers commonly used to rejuvenate facial features.

Call our ReJuv office today and book a consultation to get started on your beauty journey!