Lip Flip, Lip Filler … or Both?

Lip Flip, Lip Filler … or Both? | RefinedMD, Los Gatos + San Jose

Lip Flip, Lip Filler … or Both?

Lip flips and lip fillers might sound similar, but they are actually two very different procedures—sometimes performed at the same time! Both are available at RefinedMD, where injectables like dermal fillers and Botox have long been very in-demand procedures. Let’s start with the better-known procedure, lip fillers. A lip filler is a dermal filler injected in the lip, usually made of hyaluronic acid (HA), to provide immediate fuller lips.

There are many types of lip fillers from established makers like Juvederm and Restylane. Even though there are a lot of HA fillers, all are slightly different. Some might be designed for a more pronounced pout while others offer a more natural change. During your consultation, you can discuss your goals so that your injector can match the right lip filler to your needs. Lip fillers last an average of about 6 – 8 months, and the amount of time they last is also a factor when picking your filler.

There are a few non-HA fillers that work by stimulating collagen production at the injection site. Results aren’t immediate and they are typically much more subtle, but they do last longer (about 18 months). The vast majority of people want HA fillers because they offer instant gratification, can be wholly controlled by the injector, and can even be dissolved if you change your aesthetic preference.

What About Lip Flips?

The lip flip requires tiny amounts of Botox to be injected in the upper lip. This procedure should only be performed by an expert injector because one wrong move can leave you with poor results. Even though Botox is temporary, lasting about 4 months on average in the lips (because they are so mobile), nobody wants to be walking around with subpar results.

A lip flip doesn’t actually make the lip bigger, but rather makes it appear bigger. The Botox manipulates the muscles so that the upper lip “flips” up, exposing more of the lip’s vermillion. It can be an excellent solution for those with a gummy smile, thin upper lip, or anyone who wants to try out a fuller lip look without HA. HA is safe and already synthesized naturally in the body, but a lip flip can be a gateway to lip augmentation.

However, the lip flip does have its challenges. For starters, it can only be performed on the upper lip. This is great for those who are happy with the volume of their lower lip and only want to enhance their upper lip—but what if you have thin upper and lower lips? That’s when you might want to stick with HA fillers, or maybe combine lip fillers with a lip flip.

Customizing Your Appointment

Since your lips are totally unique, your lip treatment should be, too. It can be easy to get overwhelmed or confused when there are so many fillers out there (there really are a lot!). A consultation can help determine the right approach for you whether it’s a lip filler, lip flip, or both. Understanding your goal, the current shape/volume of your lips, and seeing before/after galleries are all part of a consultation that allows you to move forward with confidence.

Bear in mind that, excepting surgery, there is no permanent means of increasing lip volume. Lip fillers and the lip flip will require maintenance sessions every few months. Just like Botox for lines and wrinkles, fillers and lip flips can easily fit into your schedule. Appointments are fast and easy with no downtime. Many clients schedule them during their lunch break.

Currently, RefinedMD does not offer complimentary consultations on lip fillers and lip flips. However, consultations can be critical components of getting the exact outcome you want. If you’d like to learn more about options to enhance your lips, let’s talk! Contact RefinedMD today by giving us a call or completing the online contact form.