Yesterday, I got Botox injected on my upper lip. This morning, I woke up and it was swollen. Is this the effect? I was born with a cleft lip, and due to that, as a child, it has left me a dent after surgery. I figure Botox would fill in the small dent, but it just made it more noticeable. Will the swelling come down after a few days? What may help?
Botox for Dent Left After Cleft Lip Surgery?
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Are you sure botox was injected, or could it have been a filler?
Are you sure that Botox was injected to fill in the dent? Or is it possible that a filler such as Restylane or Juvederm was injected? Botox is used to relax muscle contraction not to fill things in. If the muscle was bunched up, then Botox may have been injected into the bunched muscle, but not into the "dent".
Botox is used on occasion in the lips to soften lip lines caused by overaction of the muscles. These are commonly referred to as "smoker's lines" and are visible when the lips are pursed, such as when drinking through a straw or whistling. Since you had cleft lip repair, it is not uncommon to have irregularities in the contour of the lip but probably not the so-called smoker's lines.
Perhaps you can call the office where you had your treatment and confirm that it was indeed Botox or find out what exactly they injected and then we can better help you. Or, if you can post pictures, that would help too.
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Swelling of lip after Botox to cleft lip
Botox is not a filler. In most instances it either causes muscles to relax or become smaller in size. The findings you describe puzzle me. Perhaps a small blood vessel was hit and you are experiencing swelling that will resolve in a few days, Alternatively, it could be due to a relaxed muscle and in this case it could last for 3-5 months before the swelling would dissipate.
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