The Botox Lip Flip

We all want fuller, more youthful lips! So why not try the “Botox Lip Flip”? The BLF is a subtle, easy way to enhance and lift the upper lip. It can be done by itself, or in conjunction with fillers.

We use small micro-injections of botulinum along the lip border to lift and “show” more of the actual lip.

The treatment is quick and easy for the patient. And, it has no down-time compared to filler. The BLF is basically a great way to plump temporarily at a fraction of the price of filler.

What is the Botox lip flip?

As the name implies, the Botox lip flip involves using Botulinum injections in the upper lip. Just a few tiny, quick pokes can help the upper lip relax and roll upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

How does the lip flip work?

To perform a Botox lip flip, Dr. Reichel, Dr. Lamel, or one of our other experienced injectors will make a series of tiny injections just above the upper lip. The injections go into the orbicularis oris muscle, which encircles the mouth. Botox temporarily relaxes the orbicularis muscle, causing the lip to roll slightly upward so it has more volume and definition. This muscle relaxation can also help smooth vertical lip lines and “textured” lips.

Full results occur in approximately one week, but most patients notice the effect within a few days. The effects of Botox for lips lasts up to four months.

Remember, it takes a high level of skill and experience for the injector to achieve the right affect. Be sure to choose a qualified provider who has plenty of experience performing the Botox lip flip. Overtreating is a real risk and can limit your ability to move your lips normally.

Botox Lip Flip vs. lip fillers

The Botox lip flip is NOT a substitute for lip fillers. We will consider your natural lip anatomy, your desired outcome, and your personal preferences when deciding whether Botox or a dermal filler, such as Restylane Kysse is the best lip enhancement option for you.

The Botox lip flip is right for you if: 

  • You feel your upper lip disappears when you smile
  • You want fuller-looking lips but do not want additional volume
  • You want a more temporary treatment (3-4 months)
  • You want to try a lip enhancement, but are not “ready” for fillers

Fillers are likely a better lip enhancement option if: 

  • You would like more volume in the upper and lower lip
  • You have more severe vertical lip lines

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