As you probably know, lip filler is on the rise. But if you’re uncertain about whether filler feels right for you, read on. We’re here to tell you about an alternative procedure that might just be what you’ve been looking for: the Botox lip flip.
Sounds catchy enough, but what is it and who is best suited for this procedure? We asked Bell Yoo, Nurse Practitioner at FACILE dermatology + boutique, to tell us everything you need to know before sitting down for this increasingly popular service.
In a nutshell, a lip flip is the injection of Botox along the cupid’s bow to relax the orbicularis oris muscle (aka the muscles that surround your mouth and allow you to pucker up). “Injections here help to evert, or flip, the upper lip, which gives a more full and pouty look,” Yoo explains. The best candidates? Those who have a less pronounced upper lip, those whose upper lip recedes when they crack a smile, those seeking a natural pout, or those not quite ready for lip filler.
The procedure itself is “very quick,” says Yoo. A few pokes of Botox, and you’re done. Once you leave the doc’s office, you can expect results to show in five to seven days. While some may experience slight bruising, recovery time is very minimal in comparison to what you might experience with filler.
“A few pokes of Botox and you’re done.”
Beyond the rapid recovery time and natural effects, a lip flip is much more cost-effective than filler; you’re only paying for a few units of Botox as opposed to a syringe of filler. Further, the procedure doesn’t actually alter the structure of your lips; rather it gives the illusion of a fuller pucker.
If it sounds almost too good to be true, right? While it’s a good option for some, you may still want to choose filler over a flip. It really depends on the results you’re looking for. While filler can last up to a year, a flip only shows its effects for one to two months. A flip can also shift the way your lips move naturally, and can have the potential to obstruct how some patients pronounce certain words. “Ideally a combination of both botox and filler will give the best, long lasting results,” says Yoo.
If we’ve piqued your interest, consult a practitioner to see which lip service might be best suited for you!