Lip Flip

A lip flip is a non-surgical procedure which is designed to make the upper lip appear fuller, without actually increasing the volume of the lips. The procedure has been gaining in popularity and has been the subject of much press interest over the last few months.

In this treatment, anti-ageing injectables are introduced to the muscles around the upper lip. This relaxes the muscles, making the upper lip turn upwards and outwards. This gives the illusion of a fuller upper lip. However the volume of the lip does not change, but what is there is just rearranged to create this illusion.

This treatment is an alternative to dermal fillers, which sees lips injected with hyaluronic acid, boosting the volume of the lips. Lip flips have been growing in popularity over recent months, with many now choosing this non-invasive procedure over the traditional dermal filler injections.

The reasons why someone may choose to undergo a lip flip may include the desire to achieve a less ‘gummy’ smile or to prevent a thin top lip from disappearing when smiling. However, it is probably a treatment to think twice about if you have small teeth, as a flipped lip on occasion can cover small teeth completely when smiling or speaking.

The lip flip procedure itself is very quick, taking as little as 10 to 20 minutes to complete. The treatment is painless, so no anaesthetic is required.

Summary Of Your Treatment

Procedure Time

15-30 Minutes estimated

Results Seen In

Few days

Potential Effects

Redness, swelling, bruising



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So what is a lip flip procedure?

In this treatment, a small amount of injectable is introduced in the four  lip flip injection points – the middle of the upper lip (the Cupid’s bow) and into the corners of the mouth.

The injectable relaxes the muscles around the border of the lip, causing the part of the upper lip which is inside the mouth to ‘flip’ outwards, hence the name ‘lip flip’. This creates the illusion of a fuller upper lip, without increasing the size of the lip itself.

There is no downtime associated with a lip flip and after treatment is completed, you will be free to leave the clinic and carry on with your day-to-day activities should you wish. There may be a slight numbness, redness, bruising or even a small amount of swelling at the injection sites following a lip flip procedure, but this will be minimal. You can help the healing process by sleeping on your back in the days after the procedure to avoid pressure on the lip and refrain from massaging or rubbing your lips, particularly around the lip flip injection points, to ensure the injectable doesn’t spread to a wider area. 

You should start to notice the early results within a few days. You should be able to see the final results of your lip flip between 10 and 14 days after the treatment. A lip flip will leave you with a beautiful natural-looking pout, without the lips looking ‘over-stuffed’ or false. Part of the reason behind the growing popularity of the lip flip is that it produces a subtle, but effective, result.

Who’s a good candidate for the procedure?

People who opt for the lip flip procedure include those who:

• are hoping to achieve fuller lips without dermal filler• think their upper lip “disappears” when they smile• want their smile to appear less gummy which is when your smile shows more of your gums than you’d like

Generally, the effects of the procedure last for 8 to 12 weeks. If you’re looking for a more permanent option lip filler might be a more suitable option for you.

What’s the difference between a lip flip and a dermal filler?

Lip flips and dermal fillers both result in fuller-looking lips. But the procedures differ. While lip flips only appear to make lips plumper, dermal filler actually make lips fuller. With Lip filler, a medical professional will inject your lips with a substance made mostly of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid helps give your skin structure and a hydrated appearance.

Lip flips, on the other hand, use a small amount of Botox to relax the muscles around your upper lip so it turns upward. This makes your lip look fuller, but its actual volume doesn’t increase; it just gets rearranged. If you want to truly change the shape and volume of your lips, dermal fillers may be a better choice for you.

Botox options in the lips

BOTOX LIP FLIPA lip flip is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that can help people achieve a fuller upper lip without dermal filler. The procedure involves Botox injections into your upper lip to relax the muscles and “flip” your lip upward. It’s a less expensive option than a dermal filler because it uses very few units of Botox.

BOTOX GUMMY SMILEOne or two units of Botox are needed to fix a gummy smile. Botox is injected in the area between your upper lip and nose to temporarily freeze the muscles that contract or elevate when you smile which allows you to smile without showing your gums

BOTOX FOR DOWNTURNED SMILEA Downturned Mouth is often the result of excessive downward pull by muscles attached to the corners of your mouth. Loss of volume and structure in the soft tissues that support your mouth can also be the cause – without good support, the corners of the mouth simply fall down and create a sad look. Botox® can be placed into the muscle that acts to pull the corners of the mouth down. This is generally done in combination with filler for optimal results, but can be done alone