Cosmetic dermatologist in New Orleans, LA offers Botox lip injections
By Dr. Mary Lupo
At the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology in New Orleans, LA, our dermatologist, Dr. Mary Lupo, provides patients with solutions for their skin, hair, body, and nails. When imperfections of the facial area cause patients to feel self-conscious about their appearance, they are encouraged to book a consultation visit with our team to learn about cosmetic injections including Botox for the face and lips.
What is Botox?
First, patients are urged to learn about Botox and how it works. Botox is a cosmetic form of botulinum toxin. This is a neuromodulator that is used to relax specific muscles in which it is injected. Most patients who have these injections completed will enjoy the result for approximately three to four months in most situations. Botox is often used for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds on the face, including glabellar lines and crow’s feet. However, it can also be used for the treatment of the lips. When Botox is injected into the area of the lips, it can provide many benefits.
Botox can minimize creasing in the upper and/or lower area of the lip
Botox can elevate or “lift” the corners of the mouth
Botox can smooth marionette lines (folds that form from the corner of the mouth downward)
Botox can improve the appearance of a gummy smile
Botox can improve the appearance of the upper lip with a Botox “lip flip”
The primary way to determine how Botox works will depend greatly on where the neuromodulator is injected. For example, patients who are interested in the Botox “lip flip” will have the medication injected into the muscles around the lips to increase curl and make the lips appear larger.
How long do Botox injections take?
In most cases, patients can achieve the results they desire in a short period of time in the dermatologist’s office. In many cases, Botox can be completed within 15 minutes, making this a wonderful lunch-time procedure for busy patients. Patients do not require any downtime or recovery, so they can get right back to their day without interruption.
Using Botox to enhance the lips is a common procedure in our practice. This “lip flip” is done by our board certified dermatologists. Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Skylar Souyoul will inject Botox into the upper part of the upper lip, at the border. This causes the muscles to relax, and therefore creates the appearance of the lip curling upward. This makes more of the upper lip show and makes it appear larger without added volume.
If you are seeking more volume in the lip, you may want to ask your dermatologist about dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are formulated with hyaluronic acid, which attracts water molecules, ensuring instant results. Plumping the lips with these injectables may be more appropriate depending on the desires of the patient. During a consultation appointment, our staff will discuss all possible solutions to ensure patients choose the one best suited for their needs.
How does the Botox treatment for a “gummy smile” work?
Another way in which our patients use Botox in the lips is to address a gummy smile. A gummy smile is a smile in which the gum tissues of the upper part of the mouth show prominently when a patient smiles. It may also be due to a thin upper lip. To address this, our board certified dermatologists will inject Botox into the levator muscle of the lip between the upper lip and nose. The muscles relax, and patients can smile without showing so much of their gums while also improving the volume of the upper lips. This can be completed as an alternative to expensive dental work.
Do you live in the New Orleans, LA area and are interested in cosmetic injectables?
Contact Dr. Mary Lupo and her staff today to book an appointment at Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to discuss Botox and other injectables used for enhancement. The practice is located at 145 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Suite #302 and our front office team can be called to schedule an appointment at (504) 777-3047.