An experienced practitioner will know how much Botox to inject, so you look natural. The
key is to use smaller amounts spread over the skin’s surface, commonly known as Babytox
or Microtox. This way, you’re relaxing muscles rather than paralysing them. Most doctors now prefer this approach, suggesting a top-up a few weeks after treatment, once they’ve seen how the initial injections are settling. This way, you’re much less likely to get a ‘frozen’ face.
AS BOTOX CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY, I AM SHARING MY ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE YOUTH-BOOSTING TREATMENT…
Most famous for its wrinkle- smoothing abilities, the cosmetic treatment was first approved back in 2002 to help eradicate frown lines between the brows. Since then, millions of men and women worldwide have benefitted from the youthful effects of the
injectable. But how can we make the most of Botox, and what’s next for the wonder drug?
On my blog this month, i’ll be sharing everything you need to know…
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
Short for Botulinum toxin, Botox works by weakening or paralysing certain muscles, giving the appearance of tighter, more youthful skin. When first cosmetically available, it was mainly used to temporarily erase and soften lines on the face.
However, it can also give a face-and-neck-lift effect, reduce a gummy smile, lift the tip
of a droopy nose, and even help control excess oil production.
As we get older, the edge of the lips becomes less shapely. Collagen and elastin, which give lips their pouty shape, break down over time, and lines around the lips settle in. Once these lines become etched into the skin, there’s less definition.
To recreate a youthful, heart-shaped outline, Botox can be injected along the edges of the upper and lower lip line, temporarily relaxing the muscles that can cause wrinkling. The procedure requires no anaesthesia and takes only 10 minutes.
If your lips are thin and look a bit meek, crooked teeth may also be to blame. When teeth aren’t properly aligned, your entire lower face, including your lips, appear to cave inward due to a lack of structural support. To help straighten a crooked smile, go see a dentist who can use a device called aligners to gradually move your teeth back into place. Every few weeks, your dentist will give you new aligners to wear, swapping them out as your smile begins to straighten. When your teeth are evenly aligned usually after a year in your lips will look more pronounced and symmetrical. Prices vary, but the treatment is not usually available on the NHS.
Your lips are more susceptible to sun damage than any other part of your body and lip gloss magnifies UV rays, making lips even more likely to burn.
Always wear a lip balm with SPF 30, daily. And if you find new freckles on the lips, get them checked out immediately.
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Regular exfoliation will help boost blood circulation, remove dead skin and aids cell renewal so lips will look plumper, healthier and brighter. You can buy lip exfoliators from brands, such as Clarins (Extra-Firming Lip and Contour Gentle Exfoliator, £17.36, Boots).
For a home remedy, use a very soft bristled toothbrush dipped in a lip balm like Vaseline and gently exfoliate using small light circular movements with the toothbrush on the lips. Or take a wet soft cloth and rub it gently over your lips in circular movements. It’s important to moisturise and hydrate your lips morning and night – honey and olive oil are great for lip nourishment.
You can get fuller lips without the dreaded trout pout.
There are many different injectable options for temporarily boosting lips and the areas surrounding them but always use a non-permanent filler based on hyaluronic acid, found naturally in the body, so the product is very safe.
It will be broken down by the body’s natural processes over 4 to 8 months and can also be dissolved if the effect is not to your liking. If you use a permanent filler, then you could end up with a permanent problem like actress Leslie Ash. A small amount of filler injected into the v shape at either end of the lips can also restore the shape of the lips.
One treatment will last around 9months, from £350
A popular Hollywood is the lip lift procedure, where the upper lip is shortened by making an incision in the crease under the nose and repositioning the tissue to create a shorter, poutier mouth with turned-up corners and less skin in the nasolabial area. Because the incision is made at the crease below the nose, the scar is generally well-hidden so there aren’t obvious traces that the procedure has been done. From £3k.
Vertical lip lines can be a problem for many women and there are three factors—excessive sun exposure, genetics and smoking—that can greatly accelerate the process creating lip lines and a lack of definition.
Smartxide CO2 laser is excellent for softening lip lines above the mouth – it pierces tiny holes into the skin to stimulate skin tightening and thickening. The mouth area will be quite red for 3 days or so and will also peel but this controlled injury makes the skin repair itself by producing collagen making the skin thicker and stronger.
From £500 and the results will last up to three years.
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Semipermanent makeup adds more definition, making the lips look more plump without the use of injections. The one-hour treatment begins by numbing the lips with lidocaine before the lip line and area directly above it are injected with pigment that’s customised for your lip and skin tone.
Post-treatment, your lips may be red and swollen, and it will probably scab for a few days. However, the results can last from one to three years, depending on how fast the injected pigment is absorbed.
Prices start from £800.
If your lips are crepey looking and covered in fine lines then rather than adding volume, Restylane Lip Refresh is an injectable treatment that will hydrates the lips as well as plump and smooth fine lines. It works by using tiny pin pricks which delivers Hyaluronic acid into the upper and lower lips to encourage hydration levels.
There may be some temporary swelling or redness but this will disappear after a few days. Results last around 6 months. Cost from £350
Spring is here in full swing, and it’s got us thinking about the Summer. We are here to help you prepare your skin, body and face so you can take off that long sleeved top, slip on your bikini and feel fab in your own skin. Are you ready to turn up the heat? You certainly will be with a little help from us… here are my favourite tips to get you Summer ready!
GOODBYE TO CELLULITE – Cellulite is a problem that most women suffer with. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how hard we try to get rid of it- it just doesn’t go away. For cellulite and skin tightening, Viora Reaction is a non-invasive treatment that delivers maximum results in minimum time. The result shows a minimised appearance of lumpy skin, improved skin texture and a reduction in circumference.
LESLEY’S TOP TIP! Have you still got an old hula hoop in the loft? Dig it out and start spinning to tone up your waistline. This easy exercise can be done at the gym, in the garden or even in your living room whilst watching TV!