What Happens When You Stop Doing Botox Lip Injections?

Botox is one of the most convenient and surgery-free cosmetic treatments for anti-aging and skin rejuvenation. From getting rid of facial wrinkles and expression lines to correcting lip curling and gummy smiles, this cosmetic injectable provides relatively long-lasting effects so you can enjoy a more youthful appearance. But like other lip treatments, the effects of Botox don’t last forever.

So what happens to your lips when you decide to quit Botox injections? Stopping Botox lip injections doesn’t have any bad side effects. When the neurotoxin finally dissolves, your lip muscles will simply be able to move and contract normally again. You may lose your improved pout and your lips will return to how they looked before receiving the injections. Some wrinkles and lip lines may also start reappearing. 

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Are There Any Negative Side Effects To Stopping Botox Lip Injections?

Botox is approved by the FDA for several cosmetic and therapeutic purposes. As a lip injection, the use of botulinum toxin is considered off-label but many experienced practitioners are trained to provide safe and successful Botox procedures for lip enhancement. This treatment for plumping the lips is popularly called Botox lip flip. 

Most lip flip patients need only one treatment session to get their desired effects. But unlike a lip filler, Botox dissolves faster and typically only lasts around 3 to 6 months. Follow-up Botox injections after your initial treatment are recommended to maintain the fullness of your lips. 

Botox is safe and there are no negative long-term side effects when you get them repeatedly for your lips. Similarly, there are no unwanted reactions once you quit the injectable treatment after months or years of receiving them. Here are the truths about the common questions about stopping Botox: 

  • Does quitting Botox make your wrinkles worse? 

No, it won’t make your facial lines and lip wrinkles any worse than before. When you currently have Botox in your system, the neurotoxin works to stop nerve signals that cause muscle contraction and this results in the improvement of wrinkles. In the case of lip flips, Botox will make the upper lip protrude upward to create the appearance of fuller lips. 

When the Botox effect fades away and you don’t get subsequent treatments, your lips will lose their outward curl and return to their normal appearance. You may also expect to see new dynamic wrinkles or vertical lip lines since the muscles are able to move and contract again. 

  • Will stopping Botox make you suddenly look older? 

Some individuals think that taking a break from Botox injections will make them look older. This isn’t true - you can still enjoy the wrinkle-relaxing effects of Botox even after the toxin has worn off. 

If you’ve been getting Botox for a long time, there’s a chance that your facial muscles have become trained to limit their contractions which can prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Stopping Botox won’t accelerate the skin aging process in any way and you can still look significantly younger. 

  • Does Botox freeze your lip muscles? 

Botox cosmetic doesn’t freeze muscles but relaxes them. This effect is also temporary so patients can enjoy their normal lip functions after the injections have dissolved. Likewise, Botox doesn’t affect the surrounding muscles so there’s no need to worry about experiencing a ‘frozen face’ or bad Botox. Most cases of unwanted Botox results only happen because of poor injection techniques or when too many units are injected by an inexperienced cosmetic provider.

Factors That Could Be Making Botox Wear Off Faster 

There are several things you can do to maintain the effects of Botox on your lips such as using cosmetic products like chapsticks, lip balm, and lip plumpers. But since the body continuously produces new neurotransmitters, the injections can gradually lose their hold on the facial muscles over time. There are also other factors that can make its effects disappear faster like:

  • Exercising - Doing strenuous workouts or physical activity can increase blood flow and lessen the effectiveness of Botox in the injected area. Exercising immediately after the cosmetic procedure also comes with the risk of prolonged bruising and swelling.
  • Lip movements - One of the reasons why Botox doesn’t last as long in the lips is because of repeated facial expressions. Whenever you smile, talk, or eat, the movement of the mouth and lips causes Botox to disperse and slowly lose its wrinkle-erasing or plumping effects.
  • Sun exposure - Sun damage can affect your Botox results in two ways. For one, it can increase blood circulation and cause the injection to spread out faster. Aside from this, it can affect your collagen production and speed up skin aging which can lead to the formation of newer wrinkles and lines on the lips. 

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Other Cosmetic Treatments You Can Try If You Decide To Stop Botox Lip Injections

If you’re thinking of quitting the neurotoxin injections but you don’t want to lose your voluminous and youthful lips, here are other cosmetic procedures for lip augmentation that you can explore:  

 How It Works How Long Results Last
Dermal FillersInjectable lip fillers are soft gel materials made of hyaluronic acid that are designed to add volume, improve lip shape, and soften the appearance of lip lines. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that holds water and keeps the lips moisturized and plump. Many hyaluronic acid-based fillers are also used for minimizing forehead wrinkles, glabellar lines, and frown lines. Compared to Botox, facial fillers are longer lasting and you can enjoy its effects for 6 to 12 months.
Lip ThreadingA lip thread procedure uses dissolvable sutures that are injected through small incisions on the corners of the mouth and pushed towards the cupid’s bow (middle area of the upper lip). This treatment is intended to visibly lift the upper lip to increase its elevation and make the lips look fuller. The threads dissolve within 3 months of placement but it has  collagen-stimulating effects so its results can typically last for 1 to 2 years. 

Choose Aesthetica For Safe and Quality Lip Enhancement Procedures

woman feeling confident when getting cosmetic injection of botox in her lips

Whether you’re a first timer or a beauty veteran who wants to take a break from injectables, Botox has a good track record for being a safe and effective lip enhancement treatment with very minimal adverse side effects. Let our highly-skilled cosmetic doctors at Aesthetica show how you can benefit from Botox lip injections. 

As a premier medical spa, we have a team of experienced aestheticians who will listen to your skin concerns and help you achieve the best results with our Botox treatments. In addition to injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, we offer a wide range of other cosmetic services including laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and microneedling. For inquiries or consultations, feel free to call us at (248) 648 3766.

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