How Does Botox Work For Lip Injections?

Generally, Botox injections take around 10 to 15 minutes. Lip injections via Botox aren’t considered a surgical procedure, and there is no recovery time either.


To plump up your lip, your injector or plastic surgeon will inject several units of Botox into the upper middle part of your upper lip. This will let the muscle relax, and your lip will curl up. By injecting Botox into the upper central part of your lip, it will lengthen the lip, making it look larger than it is — all without having added any volume.

If you want to increase plumpness, speak to your specialist about incorporating a lip filler injection to your treatment. If you decide that you want to combine two procedures in one session, your injector will most likely use Botox to create the lip flip and also use a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid to increase plumpness.


Some individuals show little or no upper lip when smiling, and as a result, their teeth show — this is referred to as a gummy smile. The method for minimising a gummy smile is much like the Botox Lip Flip technique.

To correct a gummy smile, your injector will carefully inject Botox into the Cupid’s bow. The injection will cause your muscles relax, and make your lips curl slightly.  Your relaxed muscles will help cover your gums and allow more of your lips to show when you smile.


Lip plumping is mainly done for aesthetic purposes only, whether it’s to achieve fuller lips or minimise the appearance of a gummy smile. Although, several individuals may also be interested in lip plumping to reverse the effects of ageing, as their lip fullness decreases with age. Unfortunately, Botox can’t reverse the effects of ageing — yet, injectable lip fillers can. There are many options to choose from when deciding on the right lip filler for your desired results.

Lip injections and Botox are incredibly effective for what they are meant to do; although, they will both give you different results. It’s important that you discuss your options and the results you want with a qualified and experienced injector like Dr Ballantyne at Inject Skin who will determine which treatment is right for you.


Lip injections made from hyaluronic acid along with Botox are both considered safe and effective but only when administered by a licensed medical professional. No matter how experienced and skilled your injector is there is still a slight chance that you may experience mild side effects following treatment. The side effects listed below normally last for two to three days:

  • Bruising and numbness at the injection site
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Nausea
  • Headache


Make sure you thoroughly read reviews from previous and current patients and always ask the doctor to see their before and after photos of any cosmetic procedures that you’re thinking about getting. You should always feel comfortable enough to ask your doctor anything and if you don’t then consider getting a second opinion. Its essential that your doctor understands your concerns and knows what your desired result is; just make sure you have realistic expectations of your doctor and the desired procedure.

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