Mask Off! Lips Out!

Patty Christopher, MS,PT


Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

As we are feeling more comfortable about being in public again without face masks, we are excited to show off beautiful and youthful lips. Botox and Juvederm can help improve the appearance of lips in several ways.

A “Lip Flip” can result with specific placement of only a few units of Botox in the superficial layers of the muscle around the mouth, causing the lip to flip outward. This results in a slightly fuller look of the lips and also a younger look, as the botox minimizes the ability of the muscle to create vertical lines along the edge of the lip. Results are usually subtle, though beautiful, and can vary from patient to patient. The effects usually last three to six months.

This look can be further augmented with the addition of a filler, such as Juvederm. In this case, Jevederm is injected into the lip, physically filling out space. The result is less subtle and results in full lips. Juvederm can also be used around the border of the lip to define the lips and minimize vertical lines caused by decreased volume as we age and from overuse of the mouth muscles we use when we drink from straws or smoke. (Of course, we have many other reasons besides lip lines to NOT smoke, but if that motivates you, great!) While Botox lasts three to six months, Juvederm can last from 12 to 18 months.

To further enhance the look of your lips, the use of exfoliants will leave smoother lips with a temporarily improved color as a result of enhanced circulation. Lip balms and creams help nourish and hydrate lips, which often become dry or cracked as a result of exposure to sun, wind or dry air, or frequent lip-licking. Sunscreen in lip products are a must in these summer months. Look for quality skin care products and medical aesthetics to improve the look of your lips as you come out from under the mask. Visit for more information.