Frustrated with your tiny upper lip? Tired of your gums being exposed when you smile? You may be a great candidate for a Botox lip flip. This quick, non-invasive procedure is a great way to get visible results with minimal fuss.
Introducing the Botox Lip Flip
A Botox lip flip is a quick aesthetic treatment that changes the shape of the upper lip. While it doesn’t add any actual volume, it does create the appearance of a fuller lip and often covers minor gum show.
Lip flips target a muscle around the upper lip called the orbicularis oris. In some patients, this muscle overacts and curls the lip under, making it look smaller when the person is smiling. Injecting Botox here allows the muscle to relax and “flip” the lip outward to create the appearance of fullness.
The lip flip procedure can also help with minor gum show. If the gum show is more severe, we recommend getting a gummy smile treatment as well.
While lip flips are a relatively new procedure, Botox itself has been around for quite a while. Serious side effects from Botox are extremely rare. As long as you get your lip flip from an experienced, qualified provider, you are unlikely to regret your treatment.
Why We Love the Lip Flip
Botox lip flips are one of the easiest, least invasive, and most effective ways to create a fuller-looking upper lip. The treatment only takes a few minutes, and a qualified provider can achieve very natural-looking results. If you live or work near your favorite med spa, you can easily get it done over your lunch break.
Lip flips are also great for people who are considering more permanent procedures but aren’t yet ready to go under the knife. Unlike implants, Botox does not permanently change the shape of your lips. Many people who are interested in a long-term change decide to start out with a Botox lip flip so they can try out a new look before committing to something longer-lasting (and more expensive). The treatment is a good choice for anyone who is uncomfortable with surgery.
Botox lip flips are a very safe procedure with minimal downtime. If you are unhappy with the thin appearance of your upper lip or show more gum than you would like when you smile, this might be the perfect treatment for you.
What to Expect With a Botox Lip Flip
Unlike other Botox treatments, lip flips use only a few units of neurotoxin to create a visible change. It takes 10 to 14 days on average to see the full results.
For most patients, Botox lip flip results last about 6-8 weeks. After that, you will need to be treated again to maintain your results. If you are looking for longer-lasting lip results, you may want to consider lip fillers such as Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, or Restylane Kysse.
One of the advantages of a lip flip is that it’s generally much less expensive than adding volume with dermal fillers. At Beauty Boost, we charge $150 for a lip flip or as little as $48 if the procedure is added on to another treatment.
Lip Flips vs. Lip Fillers: Take Your Pick
Sometimes we see people getting lip flips confused with fillers. While both can make your upper lip appear fuller, the procedures are very different!
Lip flips use Botox to relax certain muscles, “flipping” the upper lip outward so that it appears fuller without actually adding volume. Lip fillers, on the other hand, add volume and definition using a filler material such as Juvederm Ultra, Restylane Kysse, or one of many others. There’s a much larger range of looks you can create, from plump, pillowy lips to cherry lips.
At Beauty Boost, we typically use hyaluronic acid lip fillers. Hyaluronic acid exists naturally in the body and can help restore volume and moisture in the skin. A lip flip will not create these benefits, but it may be significantly more affordable.
While a lip flip only changes the appearance of the upper lip, lip fillers can be used to change the shape of both the upper and lower lips and create a fuller pout. The best lip treatment for you depends on your aesthetic goals and how long you want to go between retreatments — lip fillers often last several times as long as lip flips.
Is a Lip Flip With Botox Worth It?
That depends on you! If you are frustrated with your lips or gummy smile and willing to pay a sufficient amount to change your appearance, lip flipping with Botox will probably be worth it to you. Most of our patients are extremely happy with their results and the cost savings over dermal fillers.
Lip flips and other Botox treatments are generally considered safe and low-risk. Serious side effects are extremely rare. The main risk is that an inexperienced provider may inject more Botox than necessary and cause your lips to relax a bit too much, which could temporarily make it harder to close your lips or form certain words.
As with other aesthetic procedures, you should always talk to a medical expert before getting your lip flip done and check that it’s safe for someone with your medical history. You can reduce your risk of getting a different outcome than desired by getting your lip flip from an experienced provider with solid medical training, such as a DNP or PA.
If you are not sure whether a Botox lip flip is right for you, you can meet with an aesthetic provider at Beauty Boost for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will address all your questions, recommend a treatment plan for your concerns, and give you an idea of what your results would look like.
Where to Get a Botox Lip Flip in California
Whether you live in Orange County, CA, or somewhere farther away, we encourage you to visit our team at Beauty Boost Med Spa to see if a Botox lip flip is right for you. We provide complimentary, no-obligation consultations at our Newport Beach location to help you learn about your options.
Each appointment begins with a qualified provider carefully examining your face, listening and asking questions to understand your goals, and creating a customized treatment plan. Contact us today to get started on creating your ideal lips!