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The Lip Flip vs Fillers

What Is The Botox Lip Flip Treatment?

If you want to enhance your lips but are afraid of overloading on lip filler, you might become a big fan of the "lip flip," a Botox treatment that helps relax the top lip and "flip" it out, revealing a less gummy smile. It's also a decidedly less invasive approach to creating the illusion of fuller lips, since it kind of just plumps the natural shape without adding a ton of extra volume.

Using Botox to perform a Botox lip flip can help relax a very small area of the orbicularis oris muscle (the muscle that surrounds the lips). Relaxing tension in this muscle can allow the lip to flip upwards, creating a poutier look."

You can do the same with the muscle responsible for the gummy smile. In other words, if you're working with lip volume that you don't even know you have—you’re just flipping the lip up to make it more visible. Botox is injected in small quantities around the corners of the mouth and/or near the cupid’s bow, creating the illusion of fuller, poutier lips, without fillers or other treatments.

Filler tends to be far pricier than Botox: While a Botox lip flip can run anywhere from roughly $149 to $300 (depending on how much you need), a lip filler treatment can start at anywhere from $500 to $1000. That makes this a cost effective approach to lip enhancement, and with minimal downtime, too. (Typically, the results from the lip flip tend to kick in 5-7 days after your treatment, just like regular Botox).

Benefits of Botox Lip Flip Treatment

  • Cost effective alternative to lip fillers

  • Won't cause a drastic change to the look of your lips

  • A fuller-looking upper lip

  • Little downtime/recovery

  • Results in a few days

The Botox Lip Flip Treatment vs. Traditional Lip Fillers

We do have clients that actually add a half syringe of filler for a highly personalized approach—perhaps along your vermillion line (the edge of your lip), or in your cupid’s bow, or for a little additional volume in your upper or lower lip. The cool thing is that both the Botox Lip Flip treatment and traditional lip fillers can be applied at once. Filler is used to create volume in a lip and to help enhance or change the shape of your lips to your liking. Botox just [targets] muscles that need relaxing.”

Side Effects

There may be bruising or you may feel sore for a couple of days post-treatment. And it's not a permanent fix, either: You will need to keep going back about every three months to maintain results so any issues would subside over time. In addition, there is a slight risk of creating an asymmetrical smile, although this is very minimal. If you're looking for absolute perfection fillers may be the answer. If you are just entering the "lip life", this is great for newbies!

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