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Lip Enhancement with Botox

Lip augmentation has grown increasingly popular in recent years as women and men look for ways to achieve a fuller, plumper pout. While lip augmentation is usually performed with hyaluronic acid-based fillers, Botox is another option for those seeking more voluminous lips.

As you may be aware, Botox is an injectable product primarily used to treat wrinkles and fine lines. The active ingredient in Botox, botulinum toxin type A, works by blocking muscle contractions. Its ability to reduce muscle activity also makes it useful for enhancing the appearance of your lips.

Lip enhancement with Botox is a non-invasive procedure that involves the injection of Botox into the muscle that surrounds the mouth (called the orbicularis oris). In the same way that Botox works to relax underlying muscles that cause wrinkles, the injected product prevents the muscle from holding the lips in place. This results in an outward “flip” of the upper and lower lips, creating the appearance of fuller and plumper lips.

Although Botox lip enhancement creates the appearance of fuller and plumper lips, the lips do not actually increase in size. As the Botox relaxes the underlying muscle, the lips gently roll out creating a soft pout. There is no actual volume added; the procedure just creates a visual illusion of enlargement.

Many patients will notice an instant change in appearance, though most patients will realize the full results of the procedure within 2-3 days of treatment.

Lip enhancement with Botox should provide the appearance of fuller, more shapely lips. The effects are subtle, especially when compared to conventional lip fillers. As with other Botox treatments, results of Botox lip enhancement are temporary. For most patients the results will last between 6-8 weeks. Patients can maintain their enhanced look by undergoing regular maintenance treatments. 

To learn more about lip enhancement with Botox or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Allison, contact David W. Allison, MD by calling 703-754-8228 or visiting website