Lip enhancements are one of the most popular treatments in the world of beauty and aesthetics. We are also seeing a rise in the number of clients opting for a Botox lip flip procedures as an alternative to lip filler, but what is a lip flip? As we know, Botox isn’t a filler, but this doesn’t mean it can’t add volume to your lips, especially with this cosmetic procedure!
What is a Lip Flip?
A Lip Flip is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses small doses of Botox to temporarily relax the muscles around the lips (the orbicularis oris muscle). This results in a fuller and defined appearance, with the lip ‘flipping’ outward.
It’s usually considered the best option for those with a smaller upper lip, compared to their lower lip. It can also be used to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. Usually the best clients for this procedure are those that feel like their upper lip disappears, recedes or curls when they smile, exposing their teeth and gums.
What is the procedure like?
The procedure is non-invasive and involves injecting Botox into the upper lip area, near the border, to relax and ‘flip’ the lip, so that more of the upper lip is visible.
There is little to no downtime, and minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. The procedure only takes a few minutes, making it a favourable option, with results lasting for around 4 to 6 months.
Hyaluronic acid fillers may also be used on the lips to increase the volume of the lips, creating a balanced result.
Lip Flip vs Lip Filler
There are some key differences to a lip flip and lip filler procedure, which patients should be aware of when deciding the treatment they would like. A practitioner will be able to help you decide which treatment is best for you after reviewing your particular goals and features. We have also outlined our pros and cons to both procedures to give you an idea of what to expect.
Firstly, what are lip fillers?
Lip fillers are considered a more long-term solution for adding volume and definition to the lips. Lip filler involves injecting hyaluronic acid dermal filler into the lips. Hyaluronic acid is a substance which is naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic acid has many benefits, such as reinforcing the skin’s protective barrier against free radicals, promoting skin cell regeneration to heal wounds faster, and it hydrates and smooths skin texture for a soft, silky feel.
Pros of lip filler:
- The results are immediate and long-lasting, and usually last for around a year. The results of lip filler can be seen for longer than a lip flip.
- Filler can be injected into the lip using different techniques, such as the Russian lip technique, to achieve a variety of desired looks including subtle tweakments, to more drastic results.
- It’s a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure with minimal downtime.
Cons of lip filler:
- Lip filler is usually more expensive than a lip flip, depending on the brand of filler you are getting.
- The potential risks and side effects include bruising, redness, pain, swelling, inflammation. These are usually quite common, but should resolve within a few days. A more serious, but rare complication, is vascular occlusion.
Pros of a lip flip:
- It’s a cost-effective procedure, which is normally less expensive than lip filler and other lip procedures.
- It is a non-invasive procedure, meaning it is non-surgical. There is minimal downtime and discomfort for the client.
- The natural looking results mean that the change in appearance of the lips is subtle. If you are looking for something subtle, then this may be the procedure for you.
Cons of a lip flip:
- The results are not immediate, as with all Botox treatments, and can take up to 14 days to be noticeable.
- The results are also temporary, and will only last a few months, so regular top-ups are required to maintain the results.
- Some of the potential risks or side effects include bruising and swelling.
- The results are also limited, as it is only meant to enhance the lips slightly. If a client is wanting a more dramatic look, then lip filler may be advised instead.
- Too much Botox can weaken your upper lip, which can lead to your smile looking flat, as well as preventing you from being able to use a straw or even affecting the way you speak.
What are the risks and side effects?
Both treatments have potential risks and side effects. For example, Botox can cause bruising or temporary swelling, a headache and flu-like symptoms. More serious, but rare side effects including temporary drooping of the skin, which may lead to an asymmetrical smile for this procedure.