Lip Flip Method

From the traditional method of lip augmentation to the Russian lips trend, the landscape of lip augmentation is constantly evolving. As the sector continues to flourish, a new wave of lip augmentation has emerged. ‘The Lip Flip’ is proving to be a popular choice with patients who are searching for a plumper-looking pout, without the use of dermal fillers. Stemming from the movement of minimally invasive, natural-looking treatments, lip flips are becoming increasingly common amongst patients who do not want the volume associated with traditional fillers.

 It is important to note that a lip flip procedure is an elective and off-label treatment and as such the prescriber takes full responsibility for prescribing the medicine and for overseeing the patient’s care, monitoring, and any follow-up treatment.

But is the lip flip technique merely a passing trend or an innovative method that is here to stay?

What Is Lip Flip?

Comparably to the conventional method of lip fillers, the lip flip technique is intended to create fuller-looking, poutier lips, without the added volume that dermal fillers supply. Instead, the lip flip method involves the injection of a neurotoxin such as BOTOX into the upper lip, creating the illusion of a larger lip. Rather than injecting a dermal filler like REVOLAX into the lip, the lip flip method offers a subtler way of enhancing a patient’s pout in one quick and easy treatment.

Lip Flip Procedure: How Does a Lip Flip Work?

An experienced practitioner will inject the neurotoxin botulinum toxin A into or above the upper lip, depending on their preferred technique, aiming to create the illusion of a poutier-looking lip. The neurotoxin injection works to relax the muscle above the lip, resulting in the upper lip “flipping” slightly upwards. Although the procedure makes the lip look more prominent, it does not increase the volume of the lip like a dermal filler. Neurotoxins such as BOTOX and Bocouture are much thinner in consistency. Unlike dermal filler injections, lip flip injections do not penetrate directly into the lip itself, but into the muscles bordering the lip, making it a less painful, much quicker procedure.

Benefits include:

  • Make the lips appear fuller without adding additional volume
  • Reduce the appearance of a “gummy smile”
  • Reduce lines around the mouth
  • Show more of the lip when smiling
  • Provide subtler results in comparison to dermal fillers

How Many Units for Lip Flip?

During a lip flip procedure, patients can expect to receive up to 10 units of a neurotoxin, to evert the lip. The area above the lip is a lot smaller than other treatment areas on the face. Fewer units may be required in some cases, depending on the patient and their objectives.

BOTOX range used in lip flip treatments

How Long Does Lip Flips Last?

Unlike Hyaluronic Acid-based dermal filler treatments, the results of a lip flip are not instantly visible. As this technique requires the injection of a neurotoxin, results will instead be visible within a week. For this reason, the injecting practitioner may not be able to gauge the outcome of the treatment right away. During this time, the orbicular muscle relaxes, allowing the upper lip to lift and ‘flip’. Once settled, patients should expect to see a slightly volumised and fuller-looking pout that is more prominent when smiling.

However, these results are temporary, 3-4 months. Neurotoxins such as BOTOX wear off over time, hence their short permanency. After a while, the injected muscle regains its ability to move, and the upper lip will slowly return to its initial position. If a patient wants to maintain their flipped look, regular top-up treatments are required.

What Are the Side-Effects of a Lip Flip?

Lip flips are generally considered to be a safe procedure when carried out by a trained professional. Only a small volume of the neurotoxin injectable is introduced to the body, via the injection points. However, as with any injectable, there are potential complications that must be considered. This risk can be heightened if a practitioner is not experienced in carrying out the lip flip technique.

Side effects may include:

  • The patient is not able to close their mouths properly because too much of the injectable has been introduced to the muscle
  • Drooling
  • Difficulty drinking
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Drooping of the mouth

Can You Reverse a Lip Flip?

Unfortunately, unlike dermal fillers – a lip flip cannot be reversed. There is currently no way to reverse the effects of a neurotoxin, once injected. Despite this, the effects of neurotoxins typically wear off on their own without the need for a reversing agent like Hyaluronidase. Depending on the type of neurotoxin used, it can take at least 8 weeks for a neurotoxin to lose its effects and for the activity of nerve signals in the lip muscle to be restored.  However, patients may be able to improve an undesirable outcome in the upper lip using targeted filler placement with the help of a skilled practitioner.

The Takeaway

Overall, a lip flip is a fast, effective procedure that helps patients to achieve a fuller-looking lip without the addition of dermal filler. Lip flip is a less expensive treatment option, in comparison to dermal filler injections, as it utilises very few units of neurotoxin. The procedure can be completed in as little as 20 minutes, making it a great augmentation alternative for those seeking poutier lips without the volume. As with any cosmetic procedure – It is important to find a qualified practitioner to carry out the treatment to ensure the results are of the highest standard.

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