Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
I am interested in having my lips filled. When I smile my top lip curves under and looks like it recedes. Would a filler stop my lip from curling to this extent?
The top lip can be prevented from curling in or receeding with smiling simply by putting a small dose of Botox in the upper lip. This prevents the muscle from curling the lip in and making it disappear a bit when you smile. There is an unusual sensation that a few people get with this for a few weeks in the upper lip however, and you may feel difficulty using your upper lip, e.g difficulties using a straw or whistling. Dermal fillers would also definitely help bring out the lip simply through volume enhancement.