What is a Lip Flip, and Why Would You Want One?

A lip flip is a simple cosmetic procedure that helps to give a person fuller lips with one quick and straightforward treatment. People also refer to it as a lip injection. A lip flip involves injecting the neurotoxin Botox or Xeomin into the upper lip. The result is subtle, and can give results of plumper, fuller lips in just 3-14 days.

Many patients prefer this injection to filler due to the fact that it is minimally invasive injections , and there is far less chance of bruising or swelling post procedure. It can also be a great way to try out the look before committing to filler in the lips which will last up to three times longer on average than the toxin injected “lip flip” procedure.

A lip flip works by relaxing the muscles above the lip, resulting in the upper lip “flipping” slightly upward. Although the procedure makes the lip look more prominent, it does not increase the size of the lip itself, making it a more natural approach for patients who are a bit more apprehensive about adding too much volume to their pout.

Lip flips are also specifically desirable for individuals who have smiles that expose a predominant amount of their gums. Following a lip flip, less gum shows when the individual smiles because the upper lip elevates less, which is an added benefit to the procedure.

Toxin Lip Flip Vs Filler 

Filler used in dermal procedures are gels that are injected into the skin by a qualified medical professional to restore volume, smooth lines, wrinkles, or enhance facial contour. Dermal fillers are second in popularity only to injectable toxins in the realm of non surgical cosmetic procedures.

One popular type of dermal filler is hyaluronic acid, a substance that exists naturally in the body. Hyaluronic acid can help restore volume and moisture in the skin. When doctors inject it directly into the lips, it creates definition and boosts lip volume, resulting in a fuller lip. These results are often instant. Although some bruising and swelling may be present which typically resolves within 10-14 days after having the procedure done. Because of this chance of bruising or swelling, it is often recommended that patients avoid having a dermal filler procedure done 2 weeks prior to any specific events or special occasions that they have scheduled to allow time to properly heal and achieve the final results.

While dermal fillers actually  increase the size of the lip, a lip flip simply creates the illusion of added volume and a plumper pout.

Lip flips are less invasive and expensive than dermal fillers. However, they have a shorter effect than dermal fillers, typically about 3-4 months, unlike fillers which can last up to 18 months.

Another difference would be that results from a lip flip will typically take time, about 3-10 days,  to see results, while dermal fillers show immediate results.

Things to Consider

As with any cosmetic procedure, there are things to consider when you are thinking about getting a lip flip.

While less invasive than filler itself , a lip flip is still a medical procedure, and you should make sure that you have a qualified medical professional answer any questions and concerns that you may have prior to your appointment.

Individuals should also look at alternatives to lip flips, including dermal fillers and lip lifts. It is vital to explore other procedures to ensure the method offers the desired results.

Finally, people must consider potential side effects or complications. While rare, they are still possible, which is why choosing a provider you feel comfortable with, and getting a consultation ahead of time,  is so important no matter what cosmetic procedure you choose to go with.