One of the most popular trends in Dr. Michele Green’s private NYC boutique dermatology office is lip enhancement. Our lips are one of the most important parts of the body, and often act as a focal point for the face. For this reason, patients often seek fuller lips or an enhanced lip shape to create a lush, more youthful appearance. Additionally, for patients who have experienced age-related volume loss, or perhaps naturally have thin lips or a gummy smile, lip augmentation with the help of lip fillers can help boost confidence and create poutier lips without the need for invasive plastic surgery or downtime.
Lip Fillers are the most common non-invasive injectable technique for adding lip volume. Hyaluronic acid dermal filler injections are FDA-approved to spark new collagen production at the site of injection site, which in turn provides additional volume and precise contouring to the lips. Popular hyaluronic acid lip fillers include Restylane Kysse, Restylane® Silk, Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm® Ultra, and Belotero Balance, among others. These lip fillers are an excellent way to take advantage of a naturally occurring substance in the body – hyaluronic acid – in order to create a fuller lip.
Another lip injection technique that has become very popular is the Botox lip flip. Botox lip flips use Botox – a neuromodulator – to relax the muscles around the edge of the lips. By releasing tension in the mouth area, the Botox lip flip treatment is able to curve the top lip upward and the lower lip downward as a means to create fuller lips. It’s a particularly excellent option for patients who have a gummy smile or for those seeking lip augmentation without having dermal fillers injected.
If you’re frustrated by the appearance of thinner lips or are ready to have fuller, luscious lips, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Michele Green is known as the “lip queen” for her aesthetics artistry and injection technique. Whether the goal is to treat upper lip lines around the mouth, or create a beautiful lip enhancement without any downtime, Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in New York City and an expert in cosmetic facial injections, the best Botox® and Juvederm injections.
Before and after – 1 syringe Juvederm Ultra Plus to lips and Botox to upper lip area
What is a Botox Lip Flip?
A Botox lip flip is a non-invasive lip enhancement cosmetic procedure that relies on Botox injections. Botox is a neuromodulator that uses Botulinum toxin type A, which is derived from the same bacteria as botulism. This toxin is able to disrupt nerve signals to muscles at or near the injection site. Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of fine lines and dynamic wrinkles along the forehead, temples, midface, and mouth area, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines. By “freezing” the nerve signals to the muscles, the muscles are forced to relax, which in turn can reduce the appearance and overuse of dynamic wrinkles.
For the Botox lip flip, Botox injections are applied to the area just outside the lips, which causes the muscles of the lips to relax. This in turn leads to a “flip” of the lip that curves the upper lip upward and the lower lip downward, providing a more luscious pout without adding additional volume. The Botox lip flip primarily affects the orbicularis oris muscle, which is the muscle that surrounds the lips. By relaxing tension in this muscle, the lip flip treatment can create the effect of fuller lips without the need for any downtime.
Who is a good Candidate for the Botox Lip Flip Procedure
A good candidate for the Botox lip flip procedure is an adult patient seeking fuller lips with a natural-looking appearance. Botox lip flip treatment is a particularly excellent option for patients who have lips that thin out or show a lot of gum when they smile, as the lip flip can relax the very muscle that causes a gummy smile. Additionally, patients who engage with the Botox lip flip should not have a medical history of allergy to constituents of botulinum toxin products. You may be contraindicated for Botox lip flip if you have keloid scarring, neuromuscular disorders, or are currently on blood thinning medications. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to discuss your medical history, as well as your aesthetic needs and goals, in order to determine the best lip enhancement treatment plan available to you.
Everything you need to know about the Botox Lip Flip
The Botox lip flip has become a unique alternative to hyaluronic acid lip fillers as a subtle method of lip enhancement. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about the process of Botox lip flip treatment.
How long does Botox Lip Flip last?
The Botox lip flip is considered a temporary treatment, but the results are relatively long-lasting, with lip fullness that lasts about 3-4 months per treatment. Most patients like to engage with touch-up treatments every three to four months to enjoy consistently fuller lips.
Where do you inject Botox for lip flip?
In order to achieve the Botox lip flip, the injector injects Botox in small amounts into a few key areas around the lips. Typically, the Botox injections are placed right near the cupid’s bow above the upper lip. These injections along the edge of the mouth are able to relax precise areas of the orbicularis oris muscle, which in turn leads to natural-looking, relaxed lips with a more voluminous pout. When the nerve signals to the muscles around the lip are halted, the muscles can release, which in turn flips out the lip line and enhances the overall lip shape.
What are the side effects of the lip flip procedure?
The Botox lip flip is a simple procedure that has minimal side effects. In general, side effects post-treatment include mild swelling or bruising. In rare cases, Botox injections around the lip area may cause slight asymmetry, but this is quite uncommon.
As Botox lip flip procedures are considered an off-label treatment (Botox is not yet FDA-approved for injection into this particular area), it is vital that you work with a board-certified medical professional for your treatment. Medical spas, wellness centers, and “Botox parties” may offer Botox injections, but serious side effects can arise with an inexperienced injector, including fever and vision impairment. If you experience difficultly speaking, difficulty breathing, or blurred vision after any Botox treatment, you should contact a board-certified medical professional immediately.
Additionally, inexperienced injectors can inject too much Botox into an injection site, which in turn can lead to difficulty moving the lips at all. Dr. Green is an expert injector that uses a “less-is-more” approach in order to provide artful, natural-looking lip enhancement every time. When you work with Dr. Green, you can be rest assured that your safety and satisfaction take top priority.
Does Botox lip flip hurt?
Many patients worry about comfort during injectable treatments, and worry that non-invasive injectable cosmetic procedures may be painful. However, these injectable treatments are incredibly mild, and the Botox lip flip in general is considered pain-free. Many patients compare the tenderness they might feel during treatment to that of a pimple on the lip. In addition, Dr. Green offers patients the option of a topical numbing cream to prevent any potential discomfort during treatment.
How much does a Botox lip flip cost?
The answer to how much is a Botox lip flip varies somewhat depending on the number of units of Botox needed for each individual treatment, as well as if both the upper and lower lip are being treated. Nevertheless, the number of units of Botox required for Botox lip flip is typically quite small. For the majority of patients, the cost of Botox lip flip treatment is approximately $350 dollars which marks, it as a more affordable alternative to traditional lip fillers depending on the aesthetic goals of the individual patient being treated.
How many units are needed for Botox Lip Flip?
In general, only about 3-6 units of Botox are needed for the Botox lip flip. This means that patients can enjoy rejuvenating lip enhancement with an extremely small amount of Botox formulation. The amount of units required for lip flip may vary depending on the brand of botulinum toxin type A being administered. For example, brand name Botox formulation typically requires only 3-6 units, whereas Dysport (a similarly formulated neuromodulator) may require a few more units.
Botox Lip Flip results: Natural looking results
Botox lip flip treatment is an excellent way to enhance lip volume without “adding” anything at all. In this fashion, patients are able to achieve natural looking results without the need for invasive procedures or downtime.
Juvederm ultra plus lips 1 syringe
Does the Botox Lip Flip work?
The Botox lip flip, when offered by a skilled injector, is a highly effective way to improve lip shape and offer fuller lips through the use of a patient’s natural lip. Patients who find that their natural lip disappears when they smile, as well as patients who have a naturally gummy smile, tend to achieve the most satisfactory results with Botox lip flip as opposed to conventional lip fillers. In addition, Botox lip flip can be enhanced by dermal fillers, as they are complementary treatments. For example, some patients opt to receive Botox lip flip treatment in the upper lip, with a small amount of lip filler added to the cupid’s bow, in order to enhance fullness while maintaining a clear heart shape to the center of the lips.
Botox Lip Flip vs Surgical Lip Lift
Botox Lip Flip treatment is an entirely non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can enhance a patient’s pout without the need for cosmetic surgery or downtime. Its results are often compared with that of a surgical lip lift. A surgical lip lift is a treatment offered by plastic surgeons during which an incision is made above the upper lip, typically under the nose, and a small flap of skin is cut from there. Then, the remaining skin is sutured up, creating a pull on the upper lift that offers a lifting affect to the lip itself. This procedure, while right for some, is generally less popular than Botox lip flip, as the results are largely permanent and the procedure itself requires ample amounts of downtime. There are also potential surgical complications from a surgical lip lift such as redness, keloid formation, and scarring. Botox lip flip treatment offers patients flexible lip enhancement without risk of scarring or the need for any recovery time.
How to do a Botox lip flip
Getting started with a Botox lip flip is both simple and convenient. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for an initial consultation where you’ll discuss your aesthetic desires, and she’ll also be able to assess your current lip shape and medical history to determine which treatments are right for you. From there, the appointment for the Botox lip flip is quite simple. The injection process itself takes around 5 minutes, though more time may be needed for the lip flip treatment if you would like a topical numbing cream to be used prior to treatment. During the treatment, you may feel a mild amount of tenderness, but this should dissipate quickly. Prior to treatment, it’s best to avoid alcohol and blood thinners so that the procedure does not cause unnecessary swelling or bruising.
After your Botox lip flip procedure, you’ll be able to resume normal activity. Over the course of the next few days, Dr. Green recommends patients avoid activities like smoking, massaging or rubbing the lips, or sleeping with lips pressed against a pillow, as these can all negatively affect the results of the treatment. Though some lip fullness will be apparent just a few days after treatment, the majority of patients enjoy full results of the Botox lip flip injections two weeks after injection. From that point on, lip enhancement with the Botox lip flip can be repeated every 4 months to maintain these results.
Can I eat after my Botox lip flip?
After Botox lip flip treatment with Dr. Green, you should have no issues eating and drinking. If a numbing cream was applied before treatment, it’s best to wait for the numbing effect to wear off before attempting to eat or drink, which generally takes about one hour.
Can you kiss after the Botox lip flip?
For the first two days after treatment, we do in fact recommend that patients avoid passionate kisses. Because intense kissing can add additional pressure to the lips, this can in fact negatively impact the lip shape after a Botox lip flip procedure. However, after a couple of days, kissing should be a-ok!
3 weeks Before and After Lip Filler
How do I get started with the Botox lip flip?
If you’re interested in a non-invasive lip enhancement that can improve the look of a thin lip or a gummy smile, the Botox lip flip may be right for you. Dr. Green is an expert in lip augmentation and dermal fillers, facial rejuvenation, Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Kybella injections, laser treatments, Thermage, and the best skincare. She will work with you to develop a customized cosmetic treatment plan that best fits your needs. Dr. Green is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists in NY by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, SuperDoctors and the New York Time.
If you’re interested in finding out more how Botox injections can help give you the appearance of a fuller lip, contact us online at our NYC office today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether this treatment may be right for you.