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Botox/Restylane for lines around mouth

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Botox/Restylane for lines around mouth

Postby Scottishjuls » Tue Aug 22, 2006 11:18 am

It has been suggested I have some botox and restylane put into the horrible smokers lines I have around my mouth.. Has anyone else had Botox around their mouth and would you recommend it? I have had Restylane before and it never make much difference so maybe this is what is required.. I do smoke but trying hard to stop and I know if I carry on the restylane wont last any time at all
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Postby mimi42 » Tue Aug 22, 2006 12:51 pm

I just had it done yesterday, along with Radiesse in my NL folds and several other places. I had a small amount of Botox and then he filled in the smoker's lines around my mouth (BTW. I'm not a smoker, but have the lines anyway). He used one tube/ vial of Restylane around my mouth. I have a small amount of bruising and yesterday I was swollen, but it's going down. The lines are looking good. I had a complete facelift last summer, but I knew I'd need to continue doing Radiesse and Restylane. The Radiesse is not meant for the smoker's lines, although it would be nice because it lasts about a year. The Restylane and Botox will last up to about six months. Right now I'm really pleased. Hopefully it'll last awhile, because once a year of having this done is about all I want to do.
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Postby Scottishjuls » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:53 pm

So you are saying you had botox in the lip area? I asked a Dr in Las Vegas - Dr Garcia (you go on line and he answers your questions for free) anyway he says he doesnt recommend botox around the mouth area as it can cause drooling - that scares me to death as theres no way I want to be doing that !!

Would like to hear from others who have had botox in the mouth area before I go for it........
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Postby rosyrosy » Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:35 pm

Hi,

I had botox in my upper lip a few months ago. My lines are caused because I have a very animated mouth when I talk or chew. They are quite fine and so cannot be filled with anything, but I have quite a few of them. At certain angles and lighting they are noticeable at rest, but they are really obvious when I talk.

My derm put a tiny amount of botox in both sides of my upper lip. I thought it worked pretty good. The lines were still there at rest but when i talked they looked much better.

I thought it somehow gave my upper lip a bit of a lift, my lip line seemed raised ever so slightly. My derm confirmed that this does happen to some people, especially those of us with very animated lips as we are no longer pursing them as much, so they spring up a bit.

Once it kicks in it is a bit alarming. Eating soup for example your lip feels a bit weird and it feels like you are drooling the soup, but you're not. I also found that the letter "p" made me feel like my lip was flapping, but it wasn't. He told me whisteling would be difficult but I could still whistel fine.

Botox does not last long in the upper lip, so even if you don't like it, it will probably be gone in 6 weeks.

Anyway, once the botox kicked in, it took about 7 days, I noticed my husband kept looking at my lips, when I was talking. Finally he asked me if I had done something to my lip.......like botox. I didn't even know he knew what botox was. He said my lips looked dead and my smile seemed lower. My smile wasn't lower, but because I have such animation I guess it was obvious when talking that something was different. I have to say that my hubby never notices anything.

I must say the feeling (or non- feeling) in my lip was a bit weird and I felt very self-conscious about it. You do get used to the feeling after a short time, but mine wore off so soon and i doubt I will do it again.

Hope this helps.

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Postby Scottishjuls » Fri Aug 25, 2006 12:58 pm

Thanks for that :-

Think you have talked me out of it ! Will try Perlane and see how that goes.

Julie
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Postby rosyrosy » Sat Aug 26, 2006 9:03 am

I wasn't trying to talk you out of it, just give my experience.
It didn't really cost that much, I think it was $100.00.

When I talked the lines were noticeably improved which was a good thing. But because my husband, who notices nothing, noticed it I felt self conscious about it.

I think it wore off sooner than six weeks, maybe a month.

The feeling is weird, but you get used to it, and I was not drooling or flapping, it just felt odd. I think if you had an inexperienced injector though that you might drool or flap or have a lopsided smile. My derm is a teacher of botox injections and very skilled.

If you have fine lines you cannot fill them. Don't let anyone talk you into it. You will end up with raised (road map) looking lines - worse than the wrinkle. If your lines are deep, or wider then filling them can be quite effective.

Good Luck to you

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Postby Scottishjuls » Sat Aug 26, 2006 1:17 pm

I have quite deep lines, have had restylane 3 times - the light one first time which did nothing then normal restylane which looked good for about 1 week then I could see the lines again... Dr did it again after I said it hasnt worked and again no difference (maybe I just expect too much - though I did hope the lines wouldnt be noticeable afterwards) I will go see what this Dr has to say but would prefer not to have botox though if she thinks thats the way to go who knows! Thanks for your advice and I will let you know how it all goes....
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Postby mimi42 » Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:07 pm

I think the Restylane looks good so far and it's been five days. I had Collagen in the wrinkles about a year before my FL and it did nothing. I think this will be a lot better. The Botox has not caused any drooling, but I can't swish water in my mouth after I brush my teeth, almost like when the Novacaine is wearing off at the dentist. I also can't rub my lips together after I put on lipstick. It doesn't seem to have caused anything noticeable to other people, but I'm not sure I like the way it feels. I'm hoping this and the Radiesse in other places will keep me going for the next year. Right now it looks really good.
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Postby Tabita » Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:54 am

Most Doctors feel that Botox should not be injected below the cheekbones - too many things can go wrong. I think it's a great idea for the forehead and eye area but for wrinkles around the mouth go for a filler.
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