In the quest for perfect lips, two popular cosmetic treatments have taken center stage: the BOTOX lip flip and fillers like the just-for-lips formulations from JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®. Both procedures offer unique benefits, but you need to understand their differences in order to make an informed choice that gives you the lips you’re looking for. So we’ve put together the facts about each treatment, including their longevity, ideal candidates, and what the procedures entail.
Comparing Lip Flips vs. Lip Filler
Lip Filler for Customized Volume & Shape
Lip fillers made from hyaluronic acid are a tried-and-true method for achieving fuller, smoother, shapelier lips. They can also be used to smooth lines around the mouth and enhance the border. This non surgical procedure involves injecting the filler into specific areas of the upper and lower lips to enhance volume, definition, texture, and symmetry. The results are instantaneous and adjustable, making it an appealing choice for those seeking an immediate, customized transformation. At MFI, we’re known for our “San Francisco aesthetic,” which means our results look natural and polished—never overfilled!
How Long Does Lip Filler Last?
The duration of lip fillers varies depending on factors like the type of filler used, metabolism, and lifestyle. Generally, lip fillers like Restylane Kysse® and JUVÉDERM Ultra last around 12 months. We recommend you get a touch-up at around 9 months to keep your lips looking their best non-stop. To learn more, read our blog post: How Long Do Fillers Last? The Definitive Guide.
Ideal Candidates for Lip Filler
Ideal candidates for lip fillers are individuals seeking enhanced volume, definition, smoothness, or symmetry in their upper lips, lower lips, or both. Whether you were born with naturally thin lips or have experienced age-related volume loss, lip fillers can help achieve the look you want.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
The lip filler procedure is relatively quick and straightforward. After a thorough consultation to determine your goals, our Injectors get right to work! A numbing cream or dental block may be used to minimize discomfort, and all our fillers are mixed with anesthetic. Your Injector carefully eases the filler into predetermined areas using a flexible microcannula. Mild swelling and bruising can occur but usually subside within a few days, revealing your beautifully enhanced lips. We will schedule a follow-up appointment to see you after a few weeks so that we can make any adjustments needed for pout perfection.
BOTOX Lip Flip for Subtle Height or Reducing a Gummy Smile
The BOTOX lip flip is a newer trend in the world of lip enhancement. Unlike lip fillers, this technique involves BOTOX injections into your upper lip. This relaxes the orbicularis oris muscle, causing the lip to roll or “flip” outwards. This creates the illusion of a larger, more projected upper lip without adding volume. At MFI, we may also inject BOTOX into the depressor muscles at the corners of your mouth to help with downturned corners or marionette lines.
How Long Does a Lip Flip Last?
The effects of a BOTOX lip flip typically last around 2 to 4 months. If you stick to a regular schedule of maintenance treatments, your results may begin to last longer.
Ideal Candidates for BOTOX Lip Flip
Those who desire a subtle change in their upper lip appearance, such as a more pronounced cupid’s bow or a lifted lip edge, are ideal candidates for a BOTOX lip flip. It’s a great option for individuals with a “gummy smile,” and those whose upper lip curls under. A lip flip can also enhance the results of your lip filler.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
A BOTOX lip flip involves a series of tiny injections along the border and body of the top lip. These injections relax the muscles, allowing the lip to gently roll outward. The procedure involves minimal discomfort and little to no downtime. Results gradually become noticeable within 7 to 10 days.
BOTOX Lip Flip vs. Lip Filler: Which One Is Right for You?
Your perfect lips are just a consultation away. At Mabrie Facial Institute, we evaluate your lips from every angle, in a variety of lights, to assess projection, proportion, and definition. We can help you determine whether a lip flip, lip filler, or both will provide the look you want.