WHAT IS A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Many of us want to enhance our lips, but not all of us want the dramatic results that are offered by traditional lip fillers. A botox lip flip is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure involving the precise placement of Botox right above the vermilion border of the lip to create a slightly enhanced lip volume. Botox is FDA approved for cosmetic use and a lip flip is a commonly performed, safe and effective method of lip enhancement with minimal risks and side effects.

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Lip enhancements have grown to become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world of aesthetic medicine, due to the influence of popular celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, known for her beautifully plump lips, and social media icons.

The best-known method for lip augmentation is hyaluronic acid based dermal filler lip injections for an immediate increase in volume. Surgical lip lifts are also performed, though many patients choose to opt for non-surgical methods due to the long list of potential risks and side effects associated with invasive surgery.

A lip flip involves injections of tiny amounts of Botox into the muscle surrounding the lip, causing the lips to relax and “flip” for a fuller yet natural-appearing lip.

Many patients prefer lip flips over dermal fillers and surgical alternatives, due to their quick and easy nature and its subtle enhancement and natural-looking outcome. In addition, lip flips are not permanent, allowing patients to test it out and simply let it wear off, should they decide that a lip augmentation isn’t for them.

HOW DOES BOTOX LIP FLIP WORK?

A lip flip is a subtle method of lip enhancement involving the precise placement of 5 – 10 units of botox into the orbicularis oris, the muscle surrounding the lip. More specifically the toxin is placed right near the cupid’s bow at the vermilion border of the upper lips. Botox works by preventing the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for sending nerve signals to the muscles. This causes the orbicularis oris muscle, to relax, resulting in the upper lip to flipping upward as the tension pulling the lip down is released.

  • Where do you inject Botox for a lip flip?
    For a lip flip, botox is injected into the upper lip in orbicularis oris muscle which circles around your lips, right above the vermilion border in the cupid’s bow.
  • How many units are needed for Botox lip flip?
    On average, 5 – 10 units of botox are needed for a botox lip flip.
  • Botox lip flip vs. surgical lip lift
    • surgical lip lift involves an incision that is made above the upper lip, right below the nose in which a small flap of skin is trimmed off. The remaining skin is then pulled up and sutured, resulting in a lifting effect to the top lip.
      • Surgical and invasive
      • Irreversible
      • Many possible risks and side effects
      • 1 – 2 weeks of downtime
    • botox lip flip involves injections of very few units of botox right above the lip to relax the underlying muscle, allowing the lip to flip upward.
      • Non surgical and minimally invasive
      • Temporary
      • Limited risks and side effects
      • Zero downtime
  • Botox lip flip treatment vs. traditional lip 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.
      • Minimally invasive
      • Adds volume
      • Immediate results
      • Longer lasting results (6 – 12 months)
      • Minimal risks and side effects
      • No downtime
    • A lip flip differs from dermal lip fillers as it does not actually add volume. Moreso, it creates the illusion of a larger lip.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

The ideal candidate for a botox lip flip is a patient seeking natural looking but fuller lips. If you have naturally thin lips but don’t want to get full dermal fillers, a lip flip is a great place to start. The muscle injected around the upper lip for a lip flip enhances the upper lip and can also treat a gummy smile, which is when the gums are particularly visible when you smile.

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WHAT IS NEUROTOXIN LIP FLIP PROCEDURE LIKE?

Your botox lip flip procedure will start off with an initial consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg in which you will have the opportunity to discuss any questions and concerns, as well as your medical history with him. He will then examine your lips to confirm the number of units needed for your optimal results.

  • How long is a lip flip procedure?
    The lip flip procedure including your consultation will take 15 – 20 minutes. However, the injection process itself takes no more than 5 minutes as only small amounts of botox are injected.
  • Does a lip flip hurt?
    Lip flips are fairly painless and very quick. Most patients describe the feeling to be similar to the tenderness of a small pimple on your lip. If you feel that your pain tolerance is low, a topical numbing cream can be applied to your lips 15-20 minutes prior to the injections to minimize pain.

CAN I EAT AFTER MY BOTOX LIP FLIP?

After your botox lip flip, there are no limitations as to when and what you may eat. If a numbing cream was applied before your treatment, you may want to wait for the numbing cream to wear off to avoid biting your lip by accident.

CAN YOU KISS AFTER THE BOTOX LIP FLIP?

It is best to avoid intense kissing for the first two days following your botox lip flip, as the pressure may cause migration which could negatively impact your results.

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

A botox lip flip comes with minimal risks and side effects including swelling, redness, and bruising around the injection site. More serious but rare side effects include non-target diffusion, in which the botox migrates causing asymmetry and potential temporarily impaired lip function.

In some cases, patients have difficulty sipping from straws or puckering their lips after lip flips.

That’s why it is important that your lip flip is performed by an experienced medical professional, preferably a board-certified plastic surgeon, who has an excellent understanding of the human anatomy and how botox works.

HOW LONG DO LIP FLIP RESULTS LAST?

Lip flip results typically last up to 1-2 months. However, you can maintain your results by scheduling touch up appointments bimonthly.

WHAT WILL MY LIP FLIP BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS LOOK LIKE?

Before your lip flip your lips may appear to be thin or “tight” with little shape. After your lip flip results are settled with a noticeable change, your top lip will be more relaxed making it appear fuller and flipped slightly upward as a more defined lip. In some cases, this lip injection can also have a wrinkle-reducing effect.

HOW MUCH DOES A BOTOX LIP FLIP COST?

A botox lip flip is low-cost treatment, priced anywhere from $150 to $350 depending on the number of units needed to achieve your desired outcome.

DOES A LIP FLIP WORK?

A lip flip is a safe and effective low-stakes treatment used to subtly enhance the lips without the need to undergo invasive surgery. It also involves little to no side effects or downtime, making it incredibly convenient for many patients.

IS A BOTOX LIP FLIP SAFE?

While a lip flip itself is considered an “off label” use of botulinum toxin, peer-reviewed studies confirm that it is a safe treatment to add lip shape. To avoid potential risks and side effects, it is best to choose a provider who has the expertise to carry out such specifically placed injections. While a lip flip is a minimally invasive form of lip augmentation, a steady hand and experience are key to a successful outcome.

WHAT PROCEDURES COMPLEMENT A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

A botox lip flip can be combined with various treatments, depending on your desired outcome. Some patients pair these lip injections with a lip filler such as Juvederm or Restylane, for true added volume and the additional touch of the “flip”.

In some cases, a collagen-inducing treatment such as Fraxel Dual or Secret RF fractional microneedling is used on the skin, to rejuvenate the entire face, or reduce perioral lines (also called smoker’s lines), around the mouth.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF A LIP FLIP?

Pros:

  • Cost-effective alternative to other lip augmentations
  • Subtle and natural outcome
  • May also treat gummy smile

Cons:

Will not add significant volume to the lips

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

While a lip flip is a minimally invasive treatment, it is best to be performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to reduce the risk of potential side effects. The treatment will wear off over the course of 3 – 4 months, so regular touch-up appointments are recommended for those who want to maintain their results. These lip injections are not lip fillers and will not produce the type of volume observed after getting a lip filler.

TAKEAWAY:

A 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 a lip flip.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH MY BOTOX LIP FLIP?

If you’re ready to schedule your botox lip flip in NYC, then Skinly Aesthetics on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York, NY is the place to go. Owned and operated by Dr. Schwarzburg, a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with over a decade of experience is known for his steady hand and expertise, as well as his high-profile book of patients. Skinly offers a variety of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments including for both the face and the body.

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.