What Is A Lip Flip?

What Is A Lip Flip?

A lip flip is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a small amount of BOTOX® into the muscles around the upper lip. Unlike traditional lip augmentation, which typically involves injecting dermal fillers to plump up the lips, a lip flip enhances the appearance of the upper lip by relaxing the muscles that surround it.

Lip Flip Procedure

The procedure is called a “lip flip” because it causes the upper lip to slightly roll outward, giving the appearance of a fuller upper lip, without actually adding volume to the lips. It can help create a more defined and aesthetically pleasing upper lip shape, particularly for people who have a gummy smile or lips that turn inward when they smile.

The effects of a lip flip are temporary and usually last for a few months, after which the BOTOX® gradually wears off, and the muscles regain their full function. It’s important to consult with a qualified and experienced medical professional if you are considering a lip flip or any other cosmetic procedure to discuss your goals, expectations, and potential risks or side effects.

Advanced Dermatology surveyed 1,000 American women about their Botox use and opinions. Among those who have had a lip flip, 76% were satisfied with the results. In fact, 65% plan to continue getting lip flips. Among women who haven’t had a lip flip, more than 1 in 10 (12%) are considering getting the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Flips

What are the types of botulinum toxin injections?

Botulinum toxin injections are commonly used for cosmetic and medical purposes, and there are several different brands or types of botulinum toxin products available. The two most well-known and widely used brands are BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) and Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA). These products are approved for various cosmetic and medical applications.

What is the difference between a lip flip and lip fillers?

A lip flip and lip fillers are both popular cosmetic procedures used to enhance the appearance of the lips, but they serve distinct purposes and use different techniques. A lip flip primarily focuses on the upper lip, with the goal of reducing the appearance of a gummy smile or enhancing the upper lip’s natural fullness. This procedure involves the injection of botulinum toxin into the muscles around the upper lip, temporarily relaxing them and causing the lip to subtly roll outward. In contrast, lip fillers are designed to add volume, shape, and definition to both the upper and lower lips. They typically consist of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers, and the outcome is a noticeable increase in lip volume and contour. While a lip flip offers a subtle, natural-looking enhancement to the upper lip, lip fillers provide a more pronounced change in lip size and shape.

Who needs a lip flip?

A lip flip may be suitable for people who have specific aesthetic concerns or goals related to their lips. Here are some common reasons why someone might consider a lip flip:

Thin Upper Lip: Individuals with naturally thin upper lips may choose a lip flip to create the appearance of a fuller upper lip without the need for lip fillers.

Lack of Upper Lip Definition: Some people may have lips that lack well-defined borders between the upper and lower lips. A lip flip can help enhance the definition of the upper lip, creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Gummy Smile: A gummy smile is when a significant portion of the gums is visible when smiling. A lip flip can help relax the muscles that pull the upper lip too high, reducing the visibility of the gums when smiling.

Asymmetry: Lip asymmetry, where one side of the upper lip is less pronounced than the other, can be corrected or improved with a lip flip.

How long does a lip flip last?

A lip flip is a temporary cosmetic procedure, and typically lasts for several months. On average, most people can expect the results of a lip flip to last for about three to four months. However, individual experiences may vary, and the duration of the effect can depend on factors like your metabolism, the amount of BOTOX® used, and how your body responds to the treatment. Over time, the effects gradually wear off as the muscle-relaxing properties diminish.

What happens before a lip flip procedure?

Before a lip flip procedure, you’ll typically go through the following steps:

Consultation: Meet with a provider to discuss your goals and suitability for the procedure.

Medical History: Share your medical history, allergies, medications, and past cosmetic procedures.

Discussion: Learn about the procedure, its process, expected outcomes, and potential risks.

Treatment Plan: Customize a plan with your provider, including dosage and injection sites.

Informed Consent: Sign a consent form, acknowledging your understanding of the procedure.

Pre-Treatment Instructions: Follow instructions like avoiding blood-thinners and makeup on the day of the procedure.

Payment and Scheduling: Discuss costs, payment options, and schedule your next appointment.

Photographs: Take baseline photos of your lips for assessment.

What happens during a lip flip?

During a lip flip procedure, a healthcare provider will cleanse the treatment area before proceeding. Numbing with a topical anesthetic is an option for those seeking added comfort, though many find the injections to be tolerable without it. Using a fine needle, the provider strategically injects a neuromodulator, often BOTOX®, into the muscles around the upper lip. This BOTOX® temporarily blocks nerve signals responsible for muscle contractions. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes, and there is no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities immediately. The results of a lip flip are not immediate; it takes several days to a week for the neuromodulator (BOTOX®, Dysport, etc.) to take effect.

Does getting a lip flip hurt?

The level of pain or discomfort experienced during a lip flip procedure can vary from person to person. However, for most individuals, it is relatively tolerable and typically involves minimal discomfort. The needles used for a lip flip are typically very fine and small. It’s important to keep in mind that personal pain tolerance and sensitivity to injections can vary. A topical anesthetic can be applied before the procedure to help dull the sensation of the needle pricks. The needles used for a lip flip are typically very fine and small. It’s important to keep in mind that personal pain tolerance and sensitivity to injections can vary.

What happens after a lip flip procedure?

After a lip flip procedure, there are several key considerations and steps to follow to ensure a smooth recovery and optimal results. Here’s what typically happens after a lip flip procedure:

Immediate Post-Procedure: Right after the procedure, you may experience mild redness, swelling, or pinpoint bleeding at the injection sites. These side effects are usually temporary and generally resolve within a few hours to a day. Applying a cold compress can help alleviate any discomfort or swelling.

No Downtime: One of the advantages of a lip flip is that there is typically no downtime. You can resume your regular daily activities immediately after leaving the provider’s office.

Avoid Strenuous Exercise: While you can return to your normal activities, it’s advisable to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that involve bending over or heavy lifting on the day of the lip flip. This helps reduce the risk of the BOTOX® spreading to unintended areas.

Patience for Results: The results of a lip flip are not immediate. It takes a few days to a week for the BOTOX® to take full effect. Over this period, you will gradually notice the upper lip relaxing and appearing slightly fuller when you smile or at rest.

Follow-Up Appointments: Depending on the duration of the results and your individual response to the treatment, you may need to schedule follow-up appointments as recommended by your healthcare provider. Follow-up treatments are typically required every 2 to 3 months to maintain the desired appearance.

Sun Protection: It’s important to protect your skin from excessive sun exposure and tanning beds after the procedure. Use sunscreen with adequate sun protection factor (SPF).

Skin Care Products: Your provider may recommend specific skincare products or advise you to avoid certain products in the treated area for a short period.

What is the recovery time?

One of the advantages of a lip flip is that there is typically no downtime. Recovery time is minimal, and most individuals can resume their regular daily activities immediately.

What are the advantages of a lip flip?

A lip flip offers several advantages for those seeking a subtle enhancement of their lips. By gently relaxing the muscles around the upper lip, it creates the illusion of a fuller upper lip and enhances lip definition, making it particularly beneficial for individuals with less-defined lip borders. The procedure is quick, typically completed within minutes, and involves minimal discomfort. Results are temporary, allowing individuals to experiment with their lip appearance without committing to permanent changes. This flexibility, along with the option to customize the treatment to personal goals, makes a lip flip a convenient and appealing option.

What are the risks of a lip flip?

While a lip flip is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced healthcare provider, there are potential risks and side effects to be aware of. Common side effects include temporary redness, swelling, or pinpoint bleeding at the injection sites, which typically resolve within a short time. In rare cases, people may experience uneven results, asymmetry, or unintended effects on speech or facial expressions if the neuromodulator is not administered with precision.To minimize these risks, it’s crucial to choose a reputable provider and follow their post-procedure instructions diligently.

Can you get a lip flip while pregnant?

Lip flip procedures are generally not recommended during pregnancy.

When can I eat or drink after getting a lip flip?

After getting a lip flip, you can eat and drink as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. There are typically no dietary restrictions associated with this procedure. Right after the lip flip, you may experience mild redness, swelling, or pinpoint bleeding at the injection sites. While these side effects are usually temporary and minor, you may want to wait until they subside before consuming food or beverages.

Ultimately, the timing of when you eat or drink after a lip flip is a matter of personal comfort and convenience.

What Are the Pros and Cons of a Lip Flip Procedure?

A lip flip procedure offers several advantages, one of its primary benefits is the ability to achieve a natural-looking result. Unlike more dramatic lip augmentation techniques that add volume, a lip flip focuses on the upper lip’s appearance by relaxing the surrounding muscles. This approach creates a balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile without significantly altering lip size or shape. Another positive is the minimal downtime associated with lip flips. Most people can resume their regular activities shortly after the procedure, making it a convenient option. The temporary nature of the results is another pro, as it allows patients to experiment with their appearance without committing to permanent changes.

If you are looking for a substantial increase in lip volume, a lip flip may not provide the level of enhancement you desire. Like any cosmetic procedure, there is a potential for side effects, including bruising, swelling, or temporary asymmetry. Additionally, a lip flip is not suitable for everyone, as individuals with specific medical conditions or allergies may not be ideal candidates.

Can You Combine a Lip Flip and Filler?

Combining a lip flip and lip filler treatments can provide a comprehensive and tailored approach to lip enhancement. By combining these procedures, it’s possible to achieve a balanced result. The lip flip can address specific concerns around the upper lip, while lip fillers can enhance both the upper and lower lips, refining their shape, and providing the desired volume.

Is a lip flip worth it?

The worth of a lip flip procedure ultimately depends on individual preferences, goals, and expectations. It’s particularly beneficial for individuals with a gummy smile or those looking for a more balanced smile.

What is the cost of a lip flip?

The cost for cosmetic treatments depends on the amount of BOTOX® needed and this varies among patients. We charge on the basis of units (this is the true way of measuring it, not by the volume of fluid used because different practitioners dilute their Botox differently) used during treatment.

How long does it take to see the full results of a lip flip?

The full results of a lip flip are not immediate and typically become noticeable within a few days to a week after the procedure. The neuromodulator (commonly BOTOX®) takes some time to block nerve signals and relax the upper lip muscles. The exact timeline for when you’ll see the full results can vary from person to person but can take up to two weeks for the full effect.

Can a lip flip be reversed if I’m not satisfied with the results?

A lip flip is not typically reversible, as the effects are temporary and will naturally wear off over time. If you are unsatisfied with the results, you can wait for the neuromodulator’s effects to diminish, and your upper lip will return to its natural state. If you have concerns about the outcome, it’s advisable to discuss them with your healthcare provider.