If you would like to replace your thin lips with a fuller mouth, there are options available. Two popular, nonsurgical methods of plumping up your lips include the “lip flip” procedure or getting a lip filler. Both treatments can give you the results you want for fuller lips that you will love without the need for lip lift surgery.
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What is a Lip Flip?
A lip flip procedure uses an injection that makes your lips look fuller. The upper part of the lip is injected with Botox® to allow it to relax and perk up into an outward flip. It takes about four to six units of Botox to get the desired results.
Botox is used to keep facial muscles from moving, which reduces lines and smooths the area being treated. This product is well-recognized among facial fillers and is considered safe for cosmetic use. One of the benefits of this treatment is a more natural-looking result that amplifies your natural lip. It’s also less invasive than other procedures and less expensive.
There is no downtime with a lip flip, but the results only last about four to six weeks. This gives you a chance to try it and not be stuck with a look you don’t like if you decide that a lip flip isn’t right for you. It takes about a week to notice the results.
What is a Lip Filler?
A lip filler is an injection around the mouth to fill in the lines and add volume. The substance used in the injection is hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in the body. Juvederm® is the most commonly used product containing hyaluronic acid for a lip filler.
The amount of lip filler used will depend on how much volume you want in your lips. The filler also contains Lidocaine, which reduces pain during injection. The procedure takes about ten minutes and causes minimal swelling. Results are noticeable immediately with the final look being evident in a few days once all swelling has gone down.
Which is Better: Lip Flip or Lip Filler
Both procedures can help you achieve your goal of fuller-looking lips. However, each is unique and has its own advantages. For instance, the lip flip is less expensive and provides more natural results. The doctor has more control over the shape of the lip in the final look while enhancing the appearance of the upper lip without changing the volume.
The main downside of the lip flip is that it lasts just a few months. For someone who is considering this procedure for the first time, it can also be an advantage since you know it won’t last too long if you don’t like the results.
The advantages of a lip filler are just as important. This procedure can last up to a year, which means less maintenance to keep the look. The doctor has more control over the volume of the lip, which increases with the injection. While the individual procedure is more expensive than a lip flip, it may end up being cheaper over time since you need fewer injections.
Lip Flip and Lip Filler Combined
Your doctor may recommend combining the two procedures to get the best results. Many times, these two treatments work together for improved volume and shaping of the lips. The lip flip helps to give you a more prominent cupid’s bow and a more satisfying shape while the lip filler increases volume and makes your lips plumper.
Choose the Right Procedure for Your Goals
Dr. Leo Lapuerta is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing outstanding results for his patients for more than two decades with lip fillers in Houston, TX. He can help you determine the best plan for the full lips you’ve always wanted. Schedule a free consultation to learn more about lip flip vs. lip filler and how they can help you achieve improved self-confidence in the way you look.