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lip sitesI feel the need to mention a procedure that we brought forward from our old Blog a few years ago.  The video clip at the bottom of our Blog Posts shows me receiving Botox Cosmetic at my vermilion border (lip line).   I can confirm that it works on very superficial vertical lip lines/wrinkles . . .  i.e., smokers lines, pucker lines, whatever you want to call them.   But I can also confirm that it really doesn’t work as the lines deepen.  Again, on superficial wrinkles that are just beginning to form, it’s ok, but because that muscle area is so strong and is used so frequently as the lines deepen, Botox is not a good option as to lose control of those muscles can make the movement of your mouth a little strange.  Glad we showed it, however, as most women do not realize that there are options available for this area of the mouth and it is one of the first areas to show age.

What does work . . . again for me . . .  is Juvederm Ultra XC (a hyaluronic acid filler) injected along the vermilion border.  It’s a double whammy!  Not only does it fill in those now deepening wrinkles (not 100% but enough to be satisfied and keep it functioning naturally), but it plumps up your upper lip as well!  I personally can’t stand “duck bill lips” that I see on so many women and if done by an “artist” on injectables, it will fill in and plump in one shot and no one will even know you’ve had anything done . . . which is exactly how I like it.  I have found that going about every six months or so seems to work for me.  Please note, that all fillers are temporary and Gigi and I always advise going to a Board Certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic dermatologist, or aesthetic nurse.

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