This case would explain what the lip flip treatment entails, how it varies from a dermal lip filler, and any possible risks you should be mindful of.
What exactly is a lip flip?
Lip flips are a simple, in-office cosmetic procedure that takes between 10 and 20 minutes. Botox is injected into the peri-oral muscle’s deep layer that pulls the skin to the teeth level. The injection relaxes the muscles surrounding your lip for a short period. This allows your upper lip’s interior to “flip” inward and upward, giving the face a fuller look.
How is lip flip different from lip fillers?
Lip flips and dermal fillers both offer the impression of fuller lips. However, the processes vary.
Neurotoxins such as Botox and Dysport help to plump the lips by showing more of the red part. The injection relaxes the upper lip muscles, allowing them to transform inward, making the upper lip seem bigger, but their real volume does not increase while dermal fillers increase the lips volume.
A licensed practitioner will administer hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm or Restylane) into the lips during this process. Hyaluronic acid contributes to the structure and hydration of your skin.
Most of the time, Dr. Kamal Alhallak (Ph.D. in Pharmacy) combines both techniques to provide the best results.
Before the procedure
You must abstain from alcohol and blood thinners such as aspirin for 3 or 4 days prior to the injection to minimize the risk of bruising.
Throughout the process
Here are a few items you may note about the lip flip procedure:
It should just take about 10 minutes.
The operation isn’t especially unpleasant, but the practitioner might choose to numb the area beforehand. The injection is performed using a 33g needle, which is as thin as a thread.
The upper lip can feel slightly numb and seem swollen after the procedure.
Here are a few post-procedure recommendations:
- Smoking should be avoided on the days after the injection because it increases the chance of infection.
- Stop rubbing or massaging the lips since this can allow the Botox to spread to unwanted areas.