The Art & Technique of using Botox and Restylane for Lip & Mouth Augmentation

What defines attractive lips?  Society would have us believe that a well-defined, full mouth is desirable.  If this conjures up disturbing images of the infamous Bevery Hills look of unnatural, pouty, fish lips - you are not alone.  What may look good on a particular actress that is well-known for this feature is usually not attractive for the average person.  At Celibre, our practitioners believe that each patient should be able to express what they are hoping to achieve by using fillers (Restylane/Juvederm) to augment the lips and mouth.  By listening to each person's goals and assessing the patient on an individual basis, a tailored treatment plan is developed.  We believe in involving the patient in the education process so that they may better understand all of the amazing ways that Botox, Restylane, Juvederm and other fillers may enhance not only the mouth but the entire face as well. 

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Los Angeles Restylane and Botox around the lips and mouth.  More Orange County and Los Angeles Restylane before and after photos, 

Back to the concept of lip/mouth augmentation:  

Fillers (hyaluronic acid) such as Restylane & Juvederm are used to add form and definition to the shape of the mouth by defining the borders of the lips.  This also can shape the corners of the mouth if they are turned down a bit or have lost volume.  Fillers are also used to add fullness to the pink part of the lip (mucosa).  By using a very small amount of product, we are able to achieve a smoothing out of lip wrinkles by adding volume.

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Generally, a natural look is exhibited by having the bottom lip slightly larger by proportion than the top.  This provides a more balanced appearance.  As we age, the space between the base of the nose to the top lip becomes larger and flattened.  The top lip tends to become thinner and contracts inward.  Restylane and Juvederm Fillers and help increase volume and restore the lip area to a create a more youthful appearance.

Often, women come into the practice concerned with the fine lines above and below the lips.  These lines are commonly referred to as "smoker's lines."  Although smoking does promote negative changes to the skin and prediposes one to early signs of aging-one doesn't have to be a smoker to experience this condition.  A common misconception that we hear is that this condition is related to using straws to drink with or puckering too much when sipping from water bottles or cups.  Women often will change their drinking habits to combat this problem!  It should be understood that these lines are a result of a hyperactive muscle that surrounds the mouth referred to as the orbicularis oris.  It has a purse string effect which means that the muscle, when contracting, wants to bring the lips in a puckering position.  As we age, this muscle becomes more active and begins to cause fine lines and wrinkles in the lips and around the mouth.  When adding volume like Restylane and/or Juvederm to the vermillion borders of the lips, the fine lines will diminish and appear less noticeable.  However, very few patients or practitioners realize that adding a small amount of Botox Cosmetic to this muscle will dramatically relax this area and smooth out the fine lines.  The concept is to treat the underlying problem (the muscle) in addition to filling the lip lines around the mouth.    The beauty of this technique is that it creates a very subtle, natural turning out of the upper lip when the muscle relaxes.  Some women see such nice results that they don't see the need to use fillers as well.  Some use a combination of both modalities to achieve the full effect.

There are many options for creating a more youthful appearing mouth and lips.  Make certain that your Los Angeles Botox or Restylane injector/practitioner is well versed in updated techniques and involves you in the education process. 

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Lori Haney, RN, MEP-C

Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer

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