What’s a Lip Flip?

BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers are two treatments that almost always come up when people talk to friends about non-surgical aesthetic treatments. And this is for good reason. Both of these treatments (BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers, respectively) are tried and true procedures that offer stunning and rejuvenating results for men and women of all ages.


The truth is that injectable treatments are versatile and can truly alter the appearance of your face, allowing you to achieve a more natural and youthful aesthetic. However, many people think of BOTOX® Cosmetic injectables only in connection with smoothing wrinkles and fine lines in the facial skin (usually the forehead and around the eyes, nose, and mouth). However, the reality is that this minimally invasive treatment can be used for much more. And one of the most prominent areas of your face that BOTOX® Cosmetic can help correct (through augmentation) is the lips.


Let’s say you want to enhance the appearance of your lips but you want to ditch the dermal fillers this time and try something different. Well, at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a great alternative for you to consider. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic to enhance the appearance of your upper lip is known as a lip flip, which can be a subtle yet dramatic change to your pout. You may be wondering, “What exactly is a lip flip?” Well, you’ve come to the right place!


What Is a Lip Flip Procedure?


A lip flip procedure is comprised of an injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic in the upper lip designed to relax the muscles to create a natural “flip” to the lip. This allows your upper lip to look fuller and more visible.


BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe, trusted, and FDA-approved prescription medication that temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles, keeping them from contracting and causing wrinkles and fine lines to form. The solution is injected into the center of the lip (near the cupid’s bow) and at the corners of the mouth to relax the muscles for a more defined look. Many prospective BOTOX® Cosmetic patients worry about pain and discomfort both during and after the treatment; however, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a relatively pain-free procedure that does not require any downtime.

Pros and Cons

Dermal filler injections tend to be the treatment option that many men and women associate with increasing the size of the lips. However, as mentioned above, BOTOX® Cosmetic is a fantastic alternative that offers revitalizing results. As with any plastic surgery procedure or cosmetic treatment, there are positives and drawbacks. Below, you will find some specifics to better help you understand the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for augmenting the lips.


  • More definition to the upper lip
  • Hides a gummy smile
  • Prevents vertical lip lines
  • More affordable
  • Quick treatment
  • Results may be too subtle
  • Difficulty whistling, spitting, using a straw, pronouncing certain words
  • Takes longer to see results

Am I a Candidate for BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments for the Lips?

BOTOX® Cosmetic can help men and women of all ages achieve a larger, more pronounced upper lip. If you think that you may be a good candidate for a lip flip, then schedule a consultation today. At your consultation, you’ll be able to discuss your cosmetic goals for the appearance of your lips. Additionally, one of our skilled skincare experts will evaluate your lips to determine if a lip flip is the best option for you!


Ideal candidates for this treatment are non-smoking men and women who are in good general health and have realistic expectations for their results.



What Are the Benefits of a Lip Flip?


Besides offering a stunning physical improvement to your lips, a lip flip can help you feel more confident and comfortable with the way you look. No longer will you feel self-conscious about the way others see and think of your lips. Instead, you can walk into any room with the knowledge that you look beautiful!


In addition to the physical and psychological benefits of a lip flip, this treatment:

  • Offers natural enhancement (without the use of foreign objects like implants)
  • Is less invasive than lip fillers
  • Requires zero downtime
  • Includes minimal side effects


Lip Flip Aftercare


You may be wondering what you can or cannot do after your lip flip treatment, and that’s totally normal. For the most part, you will be able to go about your normal, daily activities; however, it is recommended that you refrain from the following few things, as doing so may help minimize the side effects as well as enhance the results:


  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, and exercise for 24 hours
  • Do not push on the treated area, lie down, or bend below the waist for four hours
  • Avoid excessive sun and heat


Lip Flip vs. Dermal Filler


Though both lip flip and fillers can provide you with stunning results and a perfect pout, there are a few differences that may play a role in your decision. Taking these points into consideration before deciding which treatment to go with, as well as consulting with our injection specialists, will allow you to choose the best option for you and your desires at this time.


Lip Flip Dermal Fillers
  • Creates a more pronounced, defined lip
  • Takes about five minutes
  • Results appear in a few days
  • Results last three to four months
  • Plumps and smooths the skin also fills in wrinkles
  • Takes about 30 minutes
  • Immediate results
  • Results last six to 12 months
  • Reversible (injectable can be dissolved)


If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your pout, you can’t go wrong with an injectable treatment at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center! Schedule your consultation with us, and kiss your thin lips goodbye!


For more information about Lip Flip at Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, please call our office at 561-234-4026 or fill out our online contact form.