What is a lip flip?
A lip flip is a nonsurgical procedure that makes your lips appear fuller. Your healthcare provider injects botulinum toxin into the corners of your mouth (oral commissures) and the edges of your lips (vermillion border).
The botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles around your upper lip, which makes your lip “flip” upward a tiny bit (eversion) and appear larger than normal.
＜What are the types of botulinum toxin injections?＞
Botox® is the most well-known botulinum toxin brand, and “Botox” is commonly used to describe all brands of botulinum toxins, but there are others. You and your healthcare provider can discuss the best option for your lip flip procedure.
Other options include:
What is the difference between a lip flip and lip fillers?
A lip flip and lip fillers are both procedures that make your lips look fuller.
Lip fillers are a type of dermal filler. Your healthcare provider injects hyaluronic acid (HA) into any or all parts of your lips to add volume. Your lips look immediately fuller after the procedure.
During a lip flip procedure, your healthcare provider injects Botox into parts of your upper lip. After about a week, the injections make your lip look fuller or “poutier” without adding any volume to your lip.
Lip flips generally look more natural than lip fillers.
Who needs a lip flip?
Getting a lip flip is a personal decision. Pursuing your wants and desires for your body can be empowering.
To be considered for a lip flip, you should:
・Be in good physical health.
・Have realistic expectations.
・Not have an active oral infection, including canker sores or cold sores.
・Many people who get a lip flip wish to make the size of their lips appear larger. ・You may wish to get a lip flip for many reasons, including:
・You want your lips to look fuller. As you age, your lips may get smaller or thinner, your philtrum (the groove between your upper lip and septum) may get longer and flatter and the distance between the corners of your mouth (intercommissural distance) may increase.
・You don’t want lip fillers or lip augmentation. These procedures change the volume and shape of your lips. They’re more expensive, and there’s generally more bruising and swelling.
・You want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Botox relaxes your muscles, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles when you make facial expressions.
・You want your lips to cover your gums more. You may be self-conscious if your upper lip reveals too much of your gums (excessive gingival display) when you smile.
・You want to boost your confidence. A lip flip can help improve your self-esteem and body image.
Who needs a lip flip?
A lip flip won’t stop the aging process or structure of your lips, but it makes your lips look fuller without adding volume. It can help you achieve a desired look, which can boost your self-esteem.
Over time, you may lose volume in your lips. You may lose volume as a result of:
How long does a lip flip last?
The effects of Botox will eventually fade. A lip flip typically lasts between two to five months.
RISKS / BENEFITS
Getting a lip flip poses some risks, including:
・The effects don’t last as long as lip fillers or other lip augmentations.
・The muscles around your lip may relax too much. You may drool, have difficulty drinking and struggle to speak if Botox injections are too close to your mouth. This may last until the Botox wears off.
・If you don’t like the way that you look, you can’t reverse the procedure. You must wait until the Botox wears off.
・Though extremely uncommon, you may contract botulism.
・Discoloration or tenderness
There are many advantages to a lip flip, including:
・The procedure is safe when performed by an experienced healthcare provider, and Botox is generally safe to use. There’s a low risk of complications or side effects.
・It can boost your self-esteem.
・You’ll experience less pain, bruising and swelling than you would with other lip augmentation procedures.