Injectables & Fillers

Botox Lip Flip

Botox is a popular injectable treatment used to relax muscles and eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. What you might not know is it can be used to specifically enhance the natural shape and contour of the lips. This procedure is called a Botox “lip flip” and our clients at Coastal Aesthetics love the results. 

When using Botox for a lip flip, it is strategically injected into the muscles around the upper lip, causing them to relax and roll slightly outward, creating the illusion of fuller lips without adding volume or projection. Results are temporary and provide a subtle yet noticeable improvement in the appearance of the lips.

What Are The Benefits?

The Botox lip flip offers several benefits, including a more defined lip border, reduced gummy smile, and enhanced lip symmetry. Unlike dermal fillers, which add volume to the lips, the lip flip focuses on reshaping the lips using the existing tissue by limiting muscle movement.

The effects of a Botox lip flip typically last for a few months, after which the muscles gradually regain their normal function. This noninvasive procedure provides natural-looking results with minimal downtime, making it an ideal option for those seeking subtle lip enhancement.

Overview of Botox for Lip Enhancement

Botox, a neurotoxin derived from botulinum toxin type A, is commonly used for facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction. While traditionally used for treating dynamic wrinkles like forehead lines and crow’s feet, Botox can also be utilized for lip enhancement.

Lip enhancement with Botox is known as a lip flip. It subtly alters the appearance of the lips without adding volume. Overall, Botox works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. The relaxed muscles smooth out wrinkles, resulting in a more refreshed, rejuvenated and youthful appearance.

Mechanism and Purpose of a Lip Flip

  • During a lip flip, small amounts of Botox are strategically injected into the muscles around the upper lip, particularly the orbicularis oris muscle.
  • The primary purpose of a lip flip is to relax the muscles around the upper lip, causing them to roll slightly outward.
  • Relaxing the muscles creates the illusion of fuller lips by exposing more of the upper lip vermilion (the pinkish-red area of the lip) and enhancing the lip border.
  • A lip flip procedure using Botox typically lasts for about two to three months. After this period, the effects gradually wear off as the neurotoxin is metabolized by the body. 
  • Individuals interested in maintaining the results of a lip flip may need to undergo periodic treatments to sustain the desired enhancement.

Botox Uses Beyond Lip Flip

Botox can be used for various cosmetic and medical purposes beyond lip enhancement. Here are some common areas where Botox is used and how it improves their appearance:

Forehead Lines

Botox injections can smooth out horizontal lines across the forehead by relaxing the underlying muscles responsible for causing these wrinkles.

Glabellar Lines (Frown Lines)

Botox can diminish the appearance of vertical lines between the eyebrows by relaxing the muscles that create frown lines, resulting in a smoother and more youthful appearance.

Crow's Feet

Botox can reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, commonly known as crow’s feet, by relaxing the muscles responsible for their formation.

Bunny Lines

Botox injections can soften the wrinkles that appear on the bridge of the nose when smiling or scrunching the nose, known as bunny lines, by relaxing the underlying muscles.

Chin Dimpling

Botox can minimize the appearance of dimpling or puckering in the chin area by relaxing the muscles responsible for creating these indentations.

Jawline Contouring

Botox injections can help reshape and refine the jawline by relaxing the masseter muscles, reducing their size and prominence, and achieving a slimmer facial profile.

Using a Trusted Provider

To minimize the risk of complications and ensure satisfactory results, it’s essential to choose a qualified and experienced provider who specializes in facial aesthetics and has a thorough understanding of facial anatomy. Additionally, discussing your aesthetic goals and concerns with your provider before the procedure is recommended.

When performed correctly, a lip flip can create the appearance of fuller lips and a more defined lip border. However, if the procedure is done incorrectly or by an inexperienced provider, it can lead to undesirable outcomes. Some potential issues that may arise if a lip flip is performed incorrectly include:

  • Uneven Smile – Injecting too much Botox or placing it improperly in the muscles around the lips can result in an asymmetric smile, where one side of the lip appears higher or lower than the other.
  • Lip Drooping – If Botox spreads beyond the intended treatment area, it can affect nearby muscles responsible for lifting the lips, resulting in a drooping or sagging appearance.
  • Excessive Relaxation – Overuse of Botox can lead to excessive relaxation of the muscles around the lips, causing them to feel overly numb or weak.
  • Unnatural Appearance – When Botox is administered incorrectly, it can result in an unnatural or frozen look, where the lips appear stiff, immobile, or expressionless.


How Does The Botox Lip Flip Differ From Traditional Lip Fillers?

The Botox Lip Flip is entirely different from traditional lip fillers as it involves injecting Botox into the muscles around the lips rather than filler directly into the lips. Treating the lip muscles causes them to relax and flip outward slightly, creating the appearance of fuller lips without adding volume.

What Is The Duration of The Effects of a Botox Lip Flip?

The effects of a Botox Lip Flip typically last around two to three months before gradually wearing off.

Are There Any Potential Side Effects or Considerations for The Procedure?

Potential side effects of a Botox Lip Flip may include temporary bruising, swelling, or asymmetry around the lips, but these usually resolve within a few days. It’s important to choose a qualified injector and discuss any concerns or medical conditions before undergoing the procedure.

Why Choose Coastal Aesthetics for My Lip Flip?

With over a decade of experience in the medical field, Kimberlee Smith, FNP, brings expertise and dedication to every procedure. Trained at prestigious institutes like the Esthetics Skin Institute and National Laser Institute, she continually updates her skills and prioritizes safety above all else.

Since 2017, Kimberlee and her team have been serving the coastal York, Maine community, earning praise for their meticulous approach, precise treatments, and compassionate patient care. Schedule a consultation today to enjoy perfect plump lips with Botox.

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