WHAT IS A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Everybody wants to feel confident in their lips, while having a conversation, giving a presentation, or posting smiling pictures on social media. Unfortunately, whether as a result of genetics or volume loss through aging, many people struggle with the appearance of thin lips. Because of these insecurities, lip augmentations are increasingly popular amongst both men and women of all ages and backgrounds.

Such lip boosting treatments are commonly performed using dermal fillers. Traditional lip fillers involve the injection of hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers into the lips for extra volume and a more defined lip with an enhanced shape. 

For those of us looking for something less dramatic, a Botox lip flip is the way to go. Botox lip flip differs from dermal fillers as it does not add volume; rather, it creates the illusion of a larger lip through a slightly elevated lip border. This type of enhancement is subtle, without the risk of a fake, exaggerated or overdone look.

Here’s how it works: Botox lip flips involve the placement of neurotoxin into the orbicularis oris muscle right above the vermilion border of the lip. This causes the muscle to relax and the lip to “flip” outward, making it ideal for anyone looking to amplify the shape of their lips without making it larger or more voluminous.

Nowadays, a lot of people are flocking to botox lip flips as a more natural looking alternative – including some of the most well-known celebs. Neurotoxin lip enhancements are at the top of the list of the most popular cosmetic procedures world-wide; this popularity is heavily influenced by our favorite celebrities like Kylie Jenner. Lip flips have been trending all over social media, with a 10% increase in TikTok searches over the past year, ranking up to 48K lip flip searches per month in 2022.

If you are considering lip enhancement through dermal fillers or surgical intervention, keep in mind that many patients prefer Botox lip flips as an alternative, due to their quick and efortless nature and subtle outcome. Lip flips allow patients to forgo the downtime and potential risks and side effects of hyaluronic acid lip augmentation and surgeries, while still achieving a fuller, yet natural-appearing lip.

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HOW DOES BOTOX LIP FLIP WORK?

You may still be wondering – what exactly does a Botox lip flip treatment involve? And how can it achieve such natural looking outcomes? Let’s break it down.

Using an ultra-fine needle, 5 to 10 units of Botox are precisely placed into the orbicularis oris muscle that surrounds the lip. For an upper lip flip, the toxin is injected right above the cupid’s bow at the vermilion border of the lip, stopping the lips from being pursed and being pulled inward.

This can also be performed on the lower lip, reducing tension in the lips, creating a natural lift over the course of 3 to 5 days post injection.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Are you looking to enhance your lips with a subtle and natural looking fullness without undergoing an invasive surgery or lip filler injection? If you are over 18 and want a mild lip enhancement (without the use of filler) Lip flip is an attractive alternative to get started with a natural plump. If you have very thin lips then Botox lip flip is an ideal procedure to get your feet wet into the world of lip augmentation. Patients with thin lips find this procedure particularly appealing since the lip shape is minimally enhanced and it allows them to test the waters before they decide to proceed with lip filler injections.

A lot of us also deal with prominent gums as we smile. Lip flips are also an excellent option for patients looking to treat their gummy smile, as the muscle injected around the upper lip will relax the top region of the mouth.

WHAT IS BOTOX LIP FLIP PROCEDURE LIKE?

Botox lip flip takes 5 to 10 minutes and the overall appointment time will not extend 15 to 20 minutes. You can expect to be in and out with little to no hassle.

There is no downtime or aftercare needed for a Botox lip flip. You should avoid intense pressure or rubbing for 24 hours post-injection. Once the toxin has settled, you may notice minor difficulties sipping through straws as the muscle that allows you to pucker your lips is weakened after a lip flip.

WHERE DO YOU INJECT BOTOX FOR A LIP FLIP 

For a lip flip, neurotoxin is injected into the orbicularis oris muscle which circles around your lips, right along the vermilion border and cupid’s bow. Botox lip flip can be performed on both the upper and lower lip for an overall fuller appearance.

WILL MY MY BOTOX LIP FLIP RESULTS LOOK NATURAL?

Botox lip flip results are known for universally looking natural and normal. Nobody will be able to tell that you had anything done and everybody will perceive your lip flip as your own unaltered lips. The lip flip naturally looks beautiful and indistinguishable from your own lips, though they will be slightly more vertically enhanced or heightened.  

Before their lip flip, many patients complain about lips that appear thin or “tight” with minimal shape. After your session, your top lip will be more relaxed making it appear fuller and more defined, flipped slightly upward with a sexy and more attractive pout. Many patients report that their top lip looks taller and more extended in the top to bottom direction. As an added bonus, lip flips also frequently have a wrinkle-reducing effect in visible smoker’s lines around the mouth.

HOW LONG DO BOTOX LIP FLIP RESULTS LAST?

Botox lip flip results typically last up to 1 to 2 months because the orbicularis oris muscle is very active, as we speak, eat, and smile on a daily basis. Due to these activities, your body metabolizes the neurotoxin quickly.

To maintain your results, you can schedule monthly or bi-monthly touch-up appointments.

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ARE THERE ANY LONG TERM HEALTH CONSEQUENCES TO LIP FLIPS

Lip flips do not have long term consequences as botox induced chemical denervation simply makes your lip muscle weaker with consequent temporary change in its shape. Once the muscle gets used to its new normal it remains partially relaxed without losing its functionality.

HOW MUCH DOES A BOTOX LIP FLIP COST?

The price of a Botox lip flip varies based on your medical history, anatomical background, desired results, and original lip shape, and how many units you need to achieve your dream lip. If you have a very strong muscle that creates a lot of tension, pulling your lips inward, you will need more units than someone whose lips are more supple. Overall a neurotoxin lip flip is a low-cost treatment and has a price range of $200 to $550.

HOW MANY UNITS ARE NEEDED FOR BOTOX LIP FLIP 

On average, a small dose of 5 to 15 units of Botox is needed for Botox lip flip to be effective. This primarily depends on the strength of your orbicularis oris muscle.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR SIDE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH BOTOX COSMETIC LIP FLIP?

Lip flips are not associated with any serious risks or side effects when done by a highly trained and experienced medical doctor. Botox lip injections are considered an “off label” use of botulinum toxin, though peer-reviewed studies confirm that the treatment is safe. To avoid potential risks and side effects, choose an experienced physician, like Dr. Schwarzburg in NYC, to carry out the procedure as the injection points require precision and accuracy.

In some cases, patients have minor difficulty sipping from straws or puckering their lips once everything has settled.

More serious side effects are due to excessive injection or improper distribution of botulinum include a crooked smile and inability to properly drink and chew. However, these effects will wear off within 2-3 months.

CAN A BOTOX LIP FLIP BE REVERSED?

Botox lip flips are not permanent, allowing patients new to cosmetic medicine to “test the waters” before opting for a more dramatic and longer lasting option. A lip flip will diminish on its own after 2 – 3 months, but is not reversible with any medication until the neurotoxin itself wears off. 

IS GETTING A BOTOX LIP FLIP PAINFUL?

A lot of us turn away from cosmetic procedures because of squeamishness or fear of pain. Botox lip flips are typically well tolerated by most patients and are often described as a sharp prick, similar to that of a bee sting or the tenderness of a small pimple on your lip. A topical numbing cream containing 20% of lidocaine can be applied before your lip flip injections to minimize pain.

WHAT PROCEDURES COMPLEMENT BOTOX LIP FLIP?

A lip flip can be combined with various treatments, depending on your desired outcome. Some patients add a hyaluronic acid based lip filler, such as Juvederm or Restylane, for additional volume to the lips.

Another concern many may want to address is pesky signs of aging in the skin, such as wrinkles, scarring, or unevenness that cannot be addressed with a lip flip. In some cases, a collagen-inducing treatment such as Fraxel Dual or Secret RF fractional microneedling is used on the skin to rejuvenate either the entire face, or reduce perioral lines (also called smoker’s lines) around the mouth.

BOTOX LIP FLIP VS. SURGICAL LIP LIFT AND OTHER ALTERNATIVES

Botox lip flips allow patients to forgo the downtime, potential risks, and side effects of surgical lip enhancements, as well as those associated with hyaluronic acid lip augmentation – while still achieving a fuller lip. But what sets it apart from surgical lip lifts?

A surgical lip lift is an invasive procedure requiring an incision made below the nose, where a small flap of skin is trimmed off. The intact skin is then pulled up and sutured, resulting in an irreversible lifted upper lip.

Due to the surgical nature of the procedure, it inherently poses a higher risk of infection due to the incision made between the nose and mouth. Recovery involves 1 to 2 weeks of restrictive downtime, making eating, drinking, and speaking unpleasant.

Complications may include upper lip asymmetry and scarring. These adverse effects are hard to conceal, and almost always require additional intervention.

Botox lip flips, on the other hand, require only very few injections of microdroplets of toxin into the orbicularis oris muscle. By default it is non-surgical, only requiring a few small needle pricks around the lip. It is a more subtle, convenient, and non-permanent alternative to the surgical option.

When done by professionally trained doctors, the procedure involves essentially no risks, side effects or downtime. They appear more subtle than the other options. The downside is that it is only a temporary lip lifting effect, which lasts around 4 to 6 weeks on average.

Lip fillers add volume due to hyaluronic acid gel molecules injected into the body of the lip, and are associated with immediate results and various degrees of enlarged lips – from subtle to dramatic. Lip filler augmentation produces longer lasting results (9 – 12 months), but is also associated with more severe bruising and swelling and potential side effects like lumps, and asymmetry.

Unlike lip filler procedure, Botox lip results do take 3 to 5 days to become evident; this must be taken into account if you need an immediate result. 

CAN YOU KISS AFTER BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Once you’ve got your lovely new pout, you may be tempted to try it out on your next date. Be aware, however, that it is best to avoid intense kissing for the first two days following your lip flip, as the intense pressure may cause toxin migration – this could negatively impact your results as different segments of the muscle get affected, leading to somewhat unpredictable outcomes. 

HOW EFFECTIVE IS THE BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Botox lip flips can help bring about that subtle plumpness without being overwhelming. Injections of botulinum toxin A cause an upward tilt of the lip through paralyzing the orbicularis oris muscle; studies show that patients who undergo this procedure in the upper lip experience a larger upper vermillion height and a shorter philtrum (the space between the nose and lips).

Patient satisfaction is also relatively high after this procedure; people experience a high cupid’s bow, slightly enlarged lip area, and an overall improved lip contour.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH MY BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Hopefully by now you feel like you’ve gotten a solid overview of what a neurotoxin induced lip flip is, what kind of goals it can help you achieve, and if it’s right for you. If you want to take the next step towards your ideal smile, this is a wonderful way to do so.

Botox lip flip is a non-surgical lip augmentation that provides a subtle and natural looking plump to the lip. The procedure does not involve any social or medical downtime and comes with few risks and side effects. Be sure to consult with a medical expert in the field of cosmetic surgery or dermatology to confirm that you are a good candidate for non-surgical toxin lip flip.

If you’re ready to schedule your procedure, then Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York is the place to go. Skinly Aesthetics is owned and operated by Dr. Schwarzburg, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon. Boasting over a decade of experience, he is known for his steady hand and expertise, as well as his precision when it comes to lip flip injections.To schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg, you can contact Skinly Aesthetics by calling or texting (212) 774-4264, or email us at info@skinlyaesthetics.com.