WHAT IS A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Lip enhancements are popular amongst both females and males of a variety of ages and are primarily performed using dermal fillers to enlarge the size of small or thin lips, which is typically associated with a significant lip enhancement. 

For those of us looking for something a little less dramatic, a Botox lip flip is the way to go. Botox lip flips involve the placement of neurotoxin into the orbicularis oris muscle right above the vermilion border of the lip to create a subtle enhancement to the lip as Botox causes it to “flip” outward, making them ideal for anyone looking to amplify the appearance of their lips without looking overdone or fake.

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WHY ARE LIP FLIPS SO POPULAR?

Botox lip enhancements are at the top of the list of the most popular cosmetic procedures world-wide, and heavily influenced by our favorite celebrities who are known for their perfect pouts, such as Kylie Jenner. Many of us associate lip enhancements with dermal fillers or surgical lip lifts, however, many patients prefer Botox lip flips as an alternative, due to their quick and easy nature and subtle, natural looking outcome. Lip flips have been trending all over the internet and social media, with a 10% increase in TikTok searches over the past year, ranking up to 48K lip flip searches per month in 2022.

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 with lip fillers or surgical lip correction. Lip flips allow patients to forgo the downtime and potential risks and side effects of hyaluronci acid based lip augmentation and surgical lip enhancements, while still achieving a fuller, yet natural-appearing lip.

HOW DOES A BOTOX LIP FLIP WORK?

Using an ultra-fine needle, 5 – 10 units of Botox are precisely placed into the orbicularis oris, the muscle that surrounds the lip. More specifically, for an upper lip flip, Botox is injected right above the cupid’s bow in the vermilion border of the lip. This prevents the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for sending nerve signals to the muscles, and in this case, stopping the muscle from contracting and pulling your lips inward. This subtle method to both relax and “flip” the lip can also be performed on the lower lip, reducing overall tension in the lips and creating a natural plump over the course of 3 – 5 days following the treatment.

WHERE DO YOU INJECT BOTOX FOR A LIP FLIP 

For a lip flip, Botox 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 poutier and fuller looking lip.

HOW MANY UNITS ARE NEEDED FOR BOTOX LIP FLIP 

On average, a small dose of 5 – 10 units of Botox are needed for Botox lip flip to be effective.

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BOTOX LIP FLIP VS SURGICAL LIP LIFT

Surgical lip lift is an invasive surgical procedure that requires an incision made right below the nose where a small flap of skin is trimmed off. The intact skin is then pulled up and sutured, resulting in a lifted upper lip. Surgical lip correction requires incision and stitches above the lip and cannot be reversed. Due to the surgical nature of the procedure it inherently poses higher risk of infection due to the incision made between the nose and mouth. Post surgical recovery involves 1 – 2 weeks of restrictive downtime making eating, drinking, and speaking unpleasant.

Post surgical complications may include upper lip asymmetry and scarring, which are hard to conceal and they almost always require an additional intervention 

Botox lip flip on the other hand requires very few injections of microdroplets of Botox into the orbicularis oris muscle along the top or bottom lip lines, allowing the muscle to relax and the lip to flip upward.  By default it is non-surgical, only requiring a few small needle pricks around the lip. Some of the downsides of Botox lip flip involve only temporary lip lifting effect lasting on average 4-6 weeks. Major advantages when done by professionally trained doctors involve essentially no risks, side effects or downtime.

BOTOX LIP FLIP TREATMENT VS TRADITIONAL LIP FILLER AUGMENTATION

Botox lip flip treatment vs. traditional lip filler augmentation

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. Lip fillers add volume due to hyaluronic acid gel molecules injected into the body of the lip, and are associated with immediate results and dramatically enlarged lips. Lip filler augmentation produces longer lasting results (9 – 12 months), but associated bruising and swelling usually last for 3 – 5 days after lip filler augmentation

Botox lip flip differs from dermal lip fillers as it does not actually add volume. Moreso, it creates the illusion of a larger lip through a slightly elevated lip border. Botox lip enhancement is usually subtle and never looks fake or overdone. Unlike lip filler procedure, Botox lip results do take 3-5 days to become evident and this must be taken into account if you need an immediate result. A major difference when compared to dermal lip filler augmentation is that there is no associated downtime with Botox lip flip procedure.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A BOTOX LIP FLIP?

The ideal candidate for Botox lip flip is someone looking to enhance their lips with a subtle and natural looking fullness. If you have naturally thin lips and want a minimal to mild lip enhancement, but not yet ready for dermal fillers, Botox lip flip is an attractive alternative to get your feet wet and achieve a natural plump. Botox lip flip is also an excellent option for patients looking to treat their gummy smile, as the muscle injected around the upper lip for a lip flip will relax the overall upper region of the mouth.

WHAT IS BOTOX LIP FLIP PROCEDURE LIKE?

Before the injection process for your botox lip flip, you will have a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg in which you will discuss any questions, concerns, and your medical history. Based on your discussion, Dr. Schwarzburg will physically examine your lips and confirm the number of units needed for your lip flip, followed by the injections themselves which will take no longer than 15-20 minutes.

Botox lip flips are typically well tolerated by most patients. The sensation is often described as a sharp prick, similar to that of a bee sting or the tenderness of a small pimple on your lip. For patients with low pain tolerance, a topical numbing cream containing 5% – 10% of lidocaine can be applied before your lip flip injections to minimize pain.

Including your consultation, the overall appointment time for your lip flip will not extend 15 – 20 minutes. The injection process itself takes approximately 5 – 10 minutes.

Lip flip procedure is FDA approved as a safe and effective treatment used to subtly enhance the lips without the need to undergo invasive surgery.

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. 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.

CAN YOU KISS AFTER THE BOTOX LIP FLIP?

It is best to avoid intense kissing for the first two days following your lip flip, as the intense pressure may cause toxin migration which could negatively impact your results as different segments of the muscle get effected leading to unpredictable results.

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. After Botox lip flip you may experience mild redness, swelling, and tenderness around the injection points. In some cases, patients have difficulty sipping from straws or puckering their lips once everything has settled. A more serious side effect involves excessive injection or improper distribution of Botox units that lead to crooked smile and inability to properly drink and chew. Since Botox injections are irreversible this could significantly impact patient’s life, activities of daily living and social obligations and responsibilities. 

HOW LONG DO BOTOX LIP FLIP RESULTS LAST?

Botox lip flip results typically last up to 1-2 months because the orbicularis oris muscle is very active and involved in multiple activities from talking to eating and drinking and, hence, metabolizes neurotoxin relatively quickly. However, you can maintain your results by scheduling monthly touch-up appointments.

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

Before your lip flip your lips may appear to be thin or “tight” with minimal shape. After your Botox lip flip results settle within 3 – 5 days, your top lip will be more relaxed making it appear fuller and more defined, flipped slightly upward with a sexy and more attractive pout. Quite frequently, lip flips may also have a wrinkle-reducing effect in the visible smoker’s lines around the mouth.

HOW MUCH DOES A BOTOX LIP FLIP COST?

Botox lip flip is a low-cost treatment, with a price range of $150 – $350 depending on the number of units needed to achieve your dream look.

IS BOTOX LIP FLIP SAFE?

While Botox lip injections itself are considered an “off label” use of botulinum toxin, peer-reviewed studies confirm that it is a safe treatment to add lip shape. To avoid the following potential risks and side effects, it is best to choose a medical doctor who has the expertise to carry out the procedure as the injection points require precision and accuracy: 

  • Non-targeted diffusion – causing the toxin to spread to other areas, leading to asymmetry in the lips, difficulty smiling, eating, and drinking
  • Infection – causing pain, tenderness, and discharge along the injection points around the lips
  • Bruising on and around the lips

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 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.

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 that may also be minimized after a lip flip.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF BOTOX LIP FLIP?

Pros:

  • Subtle enhancement with a natural appearing outcome
  • Cost efficient alternative to traditional lip fillers
  • May also treat gummy smile

Cons:

  • Will not add significant volume to the lips
  • Does not last as long as dermal fillers

TAKEAWAY:

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 Botox lip flip.

HOW CAN I GET STARTED WITH MY BOTOX LIP FLIP?

If you’re ready to schedule your botox lip flip, 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 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.