Neurotoxin Injections

Botox for Lip Lines

Our Botox treatment for lip lines effectively smooths away vertical wrinkles and restores lost volume in the area. Administered by our experienced injection specialists, this procedure delivers instant refreshment to fine lines and wrinkles, rejuvenating your appearance.


Wrinkles and fine lines encircling the lips often signal the onset of aging. Many opt for Botox lip injections to diminish these lines, along with the marionette lines framing the mouth. This procedure, FDA-approved for various facial wrinkle issues like Crow’s feet and nasolabial folds, is both safe and popular.

How does Botox lip enhancement tackle vertical lip lines and enhance overall facial appearance? Botox, a well-known anti-wrinkle treatment, relaxes the muscles responsible for lip and facial movements. This effectively smoothens the skin’s texture and diminishes wrinkles along the lip line. Additionally, Botox can be utilized for a lip flip, addressing gummy smiles and augmenting lip volume for a fuller look.

What causes upper lip wrinkles

Collagen, a crucial protein in the human body, provides essential support to skin cells, maintaining skin elasticity and firmness while aiding in natural tissue healing and cell regeneration.

As we age, collagen production naturally declines, leaving the skin more vulnerable to wrinkles and age spots. Additionally, the loss of fatty tissues and volume in the face diminishes definition and shape.

Reduced collagen levels also increase the skin’s susceptibility to wounds and tearing, resulting in slower healing processes. Consequently, acne scars become more prominent, and facial sagging and creases are more likely to occur.

External factors such as lifestyle habits and environmental influences also contribute to skin and lip aging, exacerbating facial wrinkles.

Aside from loss of collagen, facial wrinkles may show because of the following:

  • Sun overexposure: Ultraviolet rays from the sun damage the skin, leading to premature aging signs like sun spots and static wrinkles. It also accelerates collagen breakdown, causing skin dryness and chapped lips.
  • Smoking: Habitual smoking prompts the formation of lines around the mouth and lips. Nicotine breaks down essential fibers and collagen, contributing to wrinkle formation.
  • Stress: Stress and anxiety accelerate skin aging by increasing hormone levels and inflammation, leading to the development of lines and wrinkles.
  • Perioral wrinkles: Dermatologists use this term to describe deep lines around the mouth and lips. They include:
    • Smoker’s lines or lipstick lines: Vertical lines on the upper lip, sometimes extending to the lower lip.
    • Marionette lines: Lines from the corners of the mouth to the sides of the chin, causing a sagging appearance.
    • Smile lines: Lines around the mouth, more noticeable during facial expressions like laughing, and may extend to the eyes.

Botox injections for lip lines

Botox cosmetic, a popular injectable treatment, effectively reduces dynamic wrinkles and lines caused by repeated facial movements. Derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, Botox is a potent substance that acts as a neuromodulator. By blocking neurotransmitter release, it relaxes facial muscles and minimizes wrinkles.

Botox treatments are now widely regarded as an alternative to lip lift plastic surgery and dermal filler injections for lip augmentation. In addition to enhancing lip fullness and plumpness, Botox effectively diminishes lip lines and wrinkles around the mouth.

Procedure for lip line Botox

When addressing lip lines or conducting a lip flip procedure, Botox is administered into the orbicularis oris muscle located just above the upper lip. This muscle governs the movement of the lips and mouth. Conversely, for gummy smiles, Botox is injected into the central portion of the upper lip, known as Cupid’s bow. Typically, this process takes approximately 10 minutes.

Botox units needed for lip lines

Botox injections are administered in small, precise doses and should always be carried out by a skilled provider. Typically, around 10 units of Botox are needed to address lip lines and achieve a lip flip. For gummy smiles, your injection specialist may inject approximately 2 to 4 units of Botox.

Cost for treatment

Lip flips at Direct Aesthetics are $75, while Botox for gummy smiles can cost around $200 to $300.

Side effects of Botox for lip lines

The majority of Botox’s side effects are linked to minor swelling, bruising, and temporary redness at the injection site. Typically, these can be alleviated by applying an ice pack to the treated area or using Arnica gel to reduce bruising.


The impact of Botox may begin to take effect within 24 to 48 hours following the procedure. However, complete results may not be fully apparent until at least two weeks post-injection. The effects of Botox injections on the lips typically endure for 3 to 4 months.

Botox vs other cosmetic treatments

Before proceeding with Botox treatment for lip lines and upper lip wrinkles, it’s essential to consult with us at Direct Aesthetics. Our team will assess the severity of your facial and lip concerns and devise a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Based on your evaluation, we can explore alternative cosmetic procedures, including:

Lip fillers

The dermal filler procedure employs substances composed of collagen or hyaluronic acid to address upper lip imperfections such as lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid fillers are particularly favored for enhancing lip volume and contour. Commonly utilized injectable fillers include products like Juvéderm and Restylane.

Chemical peel

A lip peel involves the application of chemical solutions, typically glycolic acid, onto the lips. As it dries, the top layer of the dermis is shed, facilitating the growth of fresh skin. This process aids in smoothing out lines and wrinkles on the upper lip.


This method diminishes the vertical lines on the lips by piercing the skin on both the upper and lower lips with minuscule needles. Through this process, new collagen production is stimulated, effectively minimizing the vertical lip lines and improving the overall appearance of the lips.

Benefits of Botox for lip lines

Individuals seeking to address vertical lip lines, wrinkles, and desire a naturally fuller lip appearance are typically suitable candidates for Botox injections. Moreover, Botox offers several advantages over alternative cosmetic treatments, including:

  • Offers subtle enhancement of the upper lip, particularly if the lip line vanishes when smiling.
  • Provides a natural appearance without the dramatic or bold effect often seen with fillers.
  • Involves a rapid and low-risk procedure with no downtime.
  • Temporarily inhibits the formation of new wrinkles and lines as long as the muscle remains relaxed.
  • Represents a cost-effective option compared to many other cosmetic treatments such as lip filler.

Botox for lip lines aftercare tips

Botox injections generally have no downtime, enabling patients to return to their activities immediately after leaving the clinic. However, it’s still crucial to provide extra care for the lips post-procedure to allow the Botox adequate time to settle and take effect. Here are some recommended aftercare guidelines:

  • Refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activities or exercises for at least 2 days to minimize increased blood flow, which could exacerbate swelling and bruising.
  • Avoid using straws to drink, as this action may cause unnecessary puckering of the lips and place pressure on the treated area.
  • Abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages or taking blood thinners, as they can heighten the risk of bruising and swelling.
  • Steer clear of smoking for at least a week following the procedure to mitigate the risk of infection.
  • Avoid applying makeup or lip products, including lip balms that require lip massage, as this may inadvertently spread the Botox neurotoxin to unintended areas.
  • Refrain from sleeping with your face pressed against a pillow; whenever possible, sleep on your back to prevent accidental pressure on the lips.

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