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Botox Injections in Lips: Risks and Side Effects?

Editor's Note: This article has been recently updated with latest information and research studies.

It is natural to get attracted towards stuff that makes us look better*. With fast growing world full of technology and growing science, there are options for one and all. And with this changing world, we have ways to change and enhance* our looks too; be it weight management, hair extensions or transplants, lip/ breast enhancements, etc, we can choose whatever we think is suitable, affordable and good for us.

Lip augmentation is an increasing* trend, especially among females. Lips are definitely one of the most bountiful of all the facial features and to have fuller and voluminous lips, it’s the desire of every woman. One of the very common lip enhancement techniques of lip augmentation these days are Botox injections.

What are Botox Injections?

Botox, a purified form of protein is actually taken from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Botox has now been an important component to be used for feature enhancements and cosmetic treatments in humans. It has been productively utilised for almost twelve years to treat* patients with abnormal conditions especially for muscular spasms and cosmetic enhancements including wrinkle lifting. Botox is artificially and externally injected into the desired facial muscle and thereafter it starts blocking reflexes from the nerves to the muscle. This in turn results in relaxation of muscles and they stop* contracting. This further result in smoothening and stretching the preferred skin which is to be enhanced* or treated. Results of Botox injections are immediate making it an easy and quick way to treat* wrinkles and enhance* other features of the face especially the lips.

What Components do They Use?

While treating for lip augmentation using Botox injections, the doctor uses an extremely thin needle to infuse little amounts of botulinum toxin into lip skin and muscles. The injections may be numerous and the number basically depends on several factors, together with the coverage of the area that has to be affected and treated. Botox injections are usually done in a medical clinic itself.

Is Anyone Allergic to it?

Botox injection allergies are not yet directly noticed but if one is undergoing any treatment or medication, the proper research and consultation is very important. If you have skin that is sensitive, always take a pre test before finally going for it on your lips. Also, pregnant or breast feeding females should avoid it as you may not know its effects on the baby (direct or indirect).

Do the Results Last Forever?

Botulinum toxin injections generally commence effectiveness only within a few days after treatment. Depending on the quality, procedure, as well as the problem that is being treated on the lips, the effect may ideally last for three to twelve months. To sustain the outcome, regular follow-up injections are needed.

Botox Lip Injections: Before and After Result

Before:

Botox injections during their procedure are not very painful and most people tolerate the injection prick easily. Still, there might be people who may want their skin to be numb in advance. Several ways are available like:

  • Injections: Your practitioner can inject a anaesthetizing medication into your to-be-treated skin.
  • Cream: A directed and prescribed cream can also be functional, 60 to 90 minutes before the process.
  • Cold Spray: A gust of extremely cold air is focussed at the skin for about 10 seconds. The numbness only lasts a few seconds but it is one of the safest modes of numbness.

After:

Botox injections are quick and easy. You can easily resume with your usual daily activities and chores soon after the process. But caution should definitely be taken so as to avoid touching, rubbing or massaging the treated areas. This can be a reason for the toxin to drift to a different area.

Risks and Side Effects of Botox Injections

Botox injections are comparatively harmless when done by an experienced practitioner. But as it is an artificial medium, there are a few and mild risks if the injections aren’t positioned correctly. This can involve the risk of the medication spreading into adjoining tissues and cause troubles such as:

  • Eyelid sag
  • Loopy eyebrows
  • Warped smile
  • Dried eyes
  • Excessive tearing

As for side effects, the most common of them comprise inflammation, swelling or bruising at the injection site. Also, others are:

  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Muscular weakness or body ache
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble speaking
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble breathing
  • Loss of bladder control*
  • Verdict

    Botox must be used only under a doctor’s care. It can be dangerous if it’s administered incorrectly. The process is technical and skilful and should be practiced only by a trained person. Also, the practitioner needs to know if you’ve gone for any botulinum toxin injections during recent times. Medications that are blood thinners should be given up before some days of the final procedure as this may result in excessive bleeding. Any allergies or medical imbalances including allergies should be pre-tested before actually going for it.