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
- Difficulty drinking
- 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.
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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