Cannot Drink from a Cup or a Bottle of Water After Botox Above Lip, Is this Normal? (photo)

First time, so already skeptical. Had a Radisee filler put in my lines from nose to mouth. Also had small amount of botox put in my lip lines. It's been 6 days & I have a severe bruise on my face from filler injections. Is this normal? Even worse - the fact that my upper lip has been affected to the point where I cannot drink from a cup or a bottle (ie water) because there does not seem to be any muscle strength and my jaw feels very restricted. Should have left my look alone! Help!

Doctor Answers 16

Results after treatment

I suggest you wait for about 2 weeks before assessing your results. At the two week mark, return to your injector and discuss your concerns if you still don't like your results. Swelling, redness, discomfort and possibly bruising during the first few days following the injection is common. Most of this settles down within 3 days. Occasionally, the swelling can last up to one week, as well as bruising.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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It is very common for some bruising to appear after an injection treatment, and your photo indicates that it's limited, which is a good sign. The bruising will gradually go away within two weeks or so. Unfortunately, your administrated Botox may have been too much and caused too many muscles to relax. For this to resolve, you'll have to wait for the Botox effects to go away, which could be a few months.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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AFTER EFFECTS of Radiesse and Botox

Regarding the Radiesse injections it is very normal to bruise following any injection involving multiple needle sticks into your face or lips. I recommend to my patients during a consultation to stop all supplements or medications IF possible that thins the blood. This decreases the risk of bruising.
Botox injected into the upper lip for vertical lines will relax the orbicularis oris muscle around your mouth, making it difficult to spit after brushing your teeth or take a sip of water out of a bottle due to the inability to fully purse your lips. The bruising is normal and will fade away. The Botox will gradually fade within 3-4 months.

Peter J. Capizzi, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Botox around the mouth

From what you are describing, you are having the expected results from Botox injections around your mouth. If you were unaware of the expectations and how this would affect you, you might want to revisit your provider and learn about the benefits and risks of product placed in certain areas. It is normal to experience bruising and swelling post any dermal filler injection and if you have concerns, make an appointment for further assessment.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Side Effect

Injecting Botox into the Orbicularis Oris muscle for the correction of "smoker's lines" has become increasingly possible. Since few units are used, this is a very inexpensive and efficacious endeavor. However, if too many units are placed in this area, the muscles are weakened so much that patients can no longer drink of a bottle, pronounce certain letters, or smoke a cigarette. In fact, some physicians have taken advantage of the last fact, and injected this area excessively to help patients with smoking cessation.

I am sure the bruising with the Radiesse injections has contributed to the problem. I am not sure why your physician injected Radiesse into these lines, anyway. Radiesse is bettter for deeper lines and presumably these are fine lines more appropriate for Resytlane or Juvederm. 

The affect from your Botox injections will benefit only from the "tincture of time". We do not have a counter for that. 

My recommendation would be to return to the physician who performed the injections, to see if there might be an improvement regarding the Radiesse complication.

Arnold R. Oppenheim, MD
Virginia Beach Dermatologist
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Botox side effects in the mouth area temporary, but troublesome

Yes, Botox, as well as all injectables can cause bruising that may last for up to two weeks.  Also, Botox causes muscles relaxation (or weakness) in the nearby muscles where injected and this can cause, difficulty with motor function of your lips.  Usually, this effect washes away within several weeks or less, but may last longer.  Fewer units of Botox may have avoided this side effect.  However, you may want to avoid Botox in your upper lip in the future.

Robert Strimling, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
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Cannot Drink from a Cup or a Bottle of Water After Botox Above Lip, Is this Normal?

 You had Radiesse injected to the NLF's as well as Botox around the mouth so some decreased movement of the lips is not unusual in that circumstance.  If you're concerned about anything at this point, you should really conmtact the MD that did your treatments for evaluation and advice.  

  FYI, I do not agree that Botox, Dysport or Xeomin can't be used to soften lines around the mouth.  I have used Botox and the other neurotoxins, more recently, for this purpose for almost 20 years.  Using neurotoxins around the mouth does require further dilution of the toxin and a conservative , targeted approach but the results are very good, IMHO.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Botox is not good for lines around lip! Now you know why.

The fine lines around your mouth are caused by pursing your lips with your orbicularis oris muscles, such as when you suck on a straw, smoke a cigarette (bad), speak, or give a kiss. Paralyzing your lip muscles may decrease or even eliminate those tiny lines, but at the cost of being unable to use your lip muscles for the functions you describe. Too much Botox!

Unfortunately, there is no antidote but time, as your body will gradually re-grow new receptors for the nerve-muscle impulses. Radiesse is a good filler for deep lines like the nasolabial folds, but is not advised for fine lines around the mouth. HA fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are best for these fine lines, or a chemical peel or laser resurfacing can reduce or eliminate those fine lines for a long time. Good luck; I am sorry your injector did not advise you appropriately! This should have been avoided.

Richard H. Tholen, MD, FACS
Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Botox in the upper lip

I do not use Botox in the upper lip because of the problems that you are experiencing.  I prefer fillers for improvement in the upper lip lines.  Fine fillers such as Restylane work well for softening the lip vertical wrinkles and improving the shape of the white roll (the outer border of the lip).  Fillers are often enough to improve the lines so lipstick doesn't bleed out any more.  The problem with Botox is that the lines around the mouth typically aren't just dynamic wrinkles (meaning you only see them with motion) but somewhat static wrinkles (they are always present).  Since that is the case Botox doesn't really take care of the problem and it has the risk of weakening the lip and causing functional problems.  The good thing is that it is not permanent and the unfortunate result will wear off over time.

Jason E. Leedy, MD
Cleveland Plastic Surgeon
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Botox and the mouth

I have used botox for upper lip lines but only conservatively so to avoid the problems that you are experiencing.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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