Do you envy the full, luscious lips of Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, or Kylie Jenner? Do your thin lips make your smile look “gummy”? A lip flip can solve that in less than 30 minutes.
A lip flip is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that creates the illusion of full lips. Botox is injected into your upper lip. This relaxes the muscles in your lips, which then helps flip the top of your lips upward to create the illusion of fuller poutier lips.
Since Botox doesn’t actually add artificial volume to your lips, there’s no risk of “overdoing it” and looking like your mouth got stung by a bunch of bees. You’re just creating a little bit more dimension, similar to what you’d get if you carefully blended different shades of lipstick and lip liner to “sculpt” your lips—but obviously, a lot faster and easier.
Lip fillers inject hyaluronic acid into your lips. This adds volume and can change the lip shape and structure (for example, if you have uneven lips or your lips have started to sag at the corners).
As we mentioned earlier, lip flips use Botox, a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes certain muscles. Before, Botox was used to treat certain types of wrinkles like crow’s feet or frown lines, which would appear with certain facial expressions. It’s since been used to treat other cosmetic or health concerns, from lazy eye to excessive sweating—and now, it’s been doing “lip service” too.
Lip fillers are more expensive (you can spend up to $750 per syringe). However, they can last up to a year. In contrast, lip flips cost around $250 for 20 units and results last for about 2 to 3 months.
The actual injection takes about 10 minutes. But you’ll need to come in for an initial consultation, so your doctor can explain the treatment and the results you expect.
Before the actual procedure, avoid alcohol and blood thinners. On the big day, you’ll just have to come in for a 30-minute session. That includes prep work, like disinfecting the area. You don’t really need numbing cream or any form of anesthesia since it doesn’t hurt—to be honest, getting a pimple on your lip is a lot more painful than the tiny prick of the needle.
After the procedure, you can go about your daily routine. There may be some swelling or bruising, so if you’re shy (or tend to bruise like a peach) you may want to take the rest of the day off. That usually goes away in 1 or 2 days.
Don’t smoke for the next 2 or 3 days, and don’t rub or bite your lips, or sleep on your side or face downward. That can cause Botox to migrate and spread to your lips, affecting the final results.
It will take about 1 week for the Botox to settle in and give you the results you want.
Here are some great before and after lip flip treatment results we found on Instagram! The third image is that of a woman whose smile improved from a gummy smile to a very Beautifully warm smile.
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Lip flips are a relatively painless cosmetic procedure, with very few risks or side effects. The results look very natural, and people won’t give you funny looks and ask, “Did you get something done?” or worse, “Did you lose a fight?”
Lip flips are also a “lunchtime” procedure—it takes one short session and doesn’t require taking tons of time off from work. However, if you’re planning to do it before your wedding or other major events, we recommend scheduling it at least two weeks before so you don’t have any bruises and have the full results.
They’re not as expensive as lip fillers, and the fact that they only last a few months may actually be a benefit if you’re trying a lip treatment for the first time. You can have a go and see if you like it, and for the next few months, you can decide if you want to proceed with lip flips or upgrade to a filler.
Botox has been used for decades, so it’s one of the most tried-and-tested cosmetic ingredients. Since lip flips use such a small amount, side effects are even less likely.
However, some of the possible side effects of Botox include drooling, difficulty spitting or saying certain words, and drooping. These are rare, but generally, disappear as the Botox wears off.
Complications are extremely few and far between, but do contact your doctor if you experience difficulty breathing or blurred vision.
The chances of Botox complications drop significantly when you go to a reputable, credited, and experienced doctor. Don’t go to a shady clinic just because it offers really low Botox prices (and if its prices are too low, that’s actually a red flag).
Right now, lip flips are considered an “out of the box” use of Botox. That means that even if Botox is recognized as a safe ingredient and has been used by millions of doctors for several decades, it has not gotten FDA approval for use on the lips.
That doesn’t mean that it’s not safe for the lips. It just means that the cycles of approval for lip flips haven’t been completed—it can take years of clinical trials and reports to secure the FDA’s go signal for any new treatment, even if it uses a pretty much-established drug.
If you’re considering lip flips, discuss the pros and cons with your doctor, so you can arrive at a fully informed decision.
The best person to ask about a lip flip (or any cosmetic procedure, for that matter) is your doctor. Feel free to ask questions and air out any concerns—they can give you personalized advice, based on your needs and medical history, and even show you practical case studies that can explain the results and benefits.
At this initial consultation, we suggest asking these questions so you can get all the relevant information:
~Can lip flips help me achieve the look I want?
People have unique facial features, and even your idea of “full lips” can be very personal and subjective. Bring pictures of what you want, and then talk to your doctor about whether you need lip flips, lip fillers, or a combination.
~How many lip flips have you performed?
You’ll feel more comfortable if you know that your doctor’s done this before. Ask for patient recommendations and some before and after pictures.
~How many injections do I need, and how much will it cost?
Lip fillers are more expensive (you can spend up to $750 per syringe). However, they can last up to a year. In contrast, a botox lip flip treatment costs between $100 and $500, and results last for about 2 to 3 months.
The cost of Botox injections can vary per doctor, and so can the amount of Botox you need to get the results you want. So, don’t get surprised by the fees. Make sure to ask for an estimation during your consultation.
Lip flips are one of the biggest cosmetic trends, and the natural-looking volume boost is the cosmetic equivalent of “YLBB: Your Lips But Better.” And the fact that it’s painless and almost risk-free makes it a lot less scary than other cosmetic procedures.
If you’re curious about it, schedule a trip to your doctor—and find out for yourself if this 30-minute treatment can give you the lips you’ve always dreamed of.