Orlando area patients ask, “Can Botox be used for enhancing the lips?”

Patients in and around the Orlando area are often interested in cosmetic dermatology solutions for maintaining their youthful appearance. The signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and folds, are often a concern for patients who are trying to look as young as they feel. When patients come to Dr. Debra Grayman of Pure Skin Dermatology, LLC in Orlando, they are often introduced to a wide range of injectables that can be used to temporary fill and reduce the appearance of fine lines. One of the more commonly known injectables is Botox.

Botox is a neuromodulator formulated for botulinum toxin type A, a safe and effective medication. When injected into the muscles of the face, it can reduce contractions and therefore smooth the skin. This achieves a more youthful appearance that can last several months before reinjection is required to maintain the results.

Many patients ask where Botox can be used. Most dermatologists, including Dr. Debra Grayman, will suggest Botox on areas where dynamic wrinkles result from muscle contractions including the upper third of the face. Botox is best for crow’s feet, forehead folds, and glabellar lines (the elevens between the eyebrows). However, some patients ask if Botox is appropriate for lip enhancement.

Botox can be used around the lips to relax the muscles that are close to the edges of the lips. However, it can cause some patients to have difficulty in speaking properly, drinking through a straw, and smiling. Dr. Debra Grayman will not always suggest Botox for this area, but may instead recommend dermal fillers such as Juvéderm. Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and add instant volume. This is why they are often recommended in areas where added volume is necessary, and with proper injection into the lip area, patients can plump up the lips and enjoy a more beautiful appearance.

There are many dermal fillers and injectables available at local dermatology practices. It is important to work closely with a dermatologist who understands how these injectables function to suggest the most appropriate method of achieving results. Call Dr. Debra Grayman of Pure Skin Dermatology, LLC today.

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