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Lip Flip VS Lip Filler: Which is Right for You?

Lip filler and lip flips are two popular cosmetic treatments designed to enhance the appearance of the lips. While both procedures aim to create fuller, more defined lips, they differ in their approach and the results they achieve. In this blog, we will explore the differences between lip filler and lip flips, and which one is right for you.

Lip Filler

Lip filler is a cosmetic treatment that involves injecting a hyaluronic acid-based gel into the lips to add volume, shape, and definition. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin. When injected into the lips, it adds volume, fullness, and increases hydration, giving the lips a more youthful appearance.

Lip filler can be customized to achieve a desired look, whether that is a subtle enhancement or a more dramatic transformation. The procedure is relatively quick and straightforward, with minimal downtime. Patients can usually return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment, although there may be some swelling and bruising in the treated area for a few days.

The results of lip filler usually last between 6-12 months, depending on the type of filler used and the individual patient's metabolism. After this time, the filler will gradually be absorbed by the body, and the lips will return to their original size and shape.

Here is a recent before and after of 1 syringe of lip filler (we're obsessed). These results we're achieved by one of our incredible injectors, Erin Lenza, PA-C.

before and after lip filler

Lip Flip

A lip flip is a cosmetic procedure that involves injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin (Botox, Jeuveau, Dysport, etc.) into the upper lip. The purpose of the lip flip is to create the illusion of a fuller upper lip without adding any volume to the lips. The Botox injection relaxes the muscles around the mouth, causing the upper lip to roll slightly outward, giving the appearance of a fuller upper lip. It can also be used to correct or minimize a gummy smile by relaxing the muscles around the mouth involved with pulling the lip up when smiling. Here is an example of a lip flip for a gummy smile, also done by injector Erin Lenza, PA-C:

before and after lip flip

The lip flip procedure is quick and straightforward, with minimal downtime. Patients can usually return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment. The results of the lip flip usually last between 2-4 months, after which time the Botox will wear off, and the lips will return to their original shape.

Differences Between Lip Filler and Lip Flips

The primary difference between lip filler and lip flip is the way in which they work. Lip filler adds volume and shape to the lips, while lip flips create the illusion of fuller lips by flipping the upper lip outward. Lip filler can be used to enhance both the upper and lower lips, while lip flip is only used on the upper lip.

Another difference between the two procedures is the duration of the results. Lip filler typically lasts between 6-12 months, while lip flip lasts between 2-4 months. Additionally, lip filler uses a hyaluronic acid-based filler, while lip flip uses Botox.

Which procedure is right for you?

Deciding whether to get lip filler or a lip flip will depend on your desired outcome and personal preferences. If you want to add volume and fullness to your lips, lip filler may be the better choice. However, if you want to create the illusion of fuller lips without adding any volume, lip flip may be the better option. In some cases, we recommend clients to get both at the same time. Sometimes adding volume to your lips (lip filler) doesn't fix a gummy smile. If your goals are to increase volume and correct a gummy smile, add a lip flip to your next filler appointment.

It's essential to consult with an experienced cosmetic injector to discuss your options and determine which procedure is right for you. They will be able to provide you with personalized recommendations based on your individual needs and goals.

In conclusion, lip filler and lip flip are both effective cosmetic treatments for enhancing the appearance of the lips. While they differ in their approach and the results they achieve, both procedures can help you achieve the full, defined lips you desire.

If you're interested in learning more or would like to schedule your complimentary consultation with one of our amazing PA Injectors, contact us below or book your appointment by clicking the link below. We look forward to meeting you and helping you look and feel your best!

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