Lip Flip Treatment  

Lip flip treatment is a subtle procedure of enhancing the upper lip border to make it ‘flip’ upwards, enhancing shape. This treatment uses very small doses of injectable muscle relaxants. The end result is a natural enhancement of the upper lip without too much volume which makes it an ideal steppingstone for lip rejuvenation for first timers.

Key Points

  • Lip flipping give a more subtle result compared to dermal fillers
  • Flipping rolls the lip upwards to give them a slightly fuller pout without volume
  • Dermal fillers in contrast, adds volume & bulk to the lips 
  • Lip flip is a temporary treatment that last 3-4 months
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Lip Flip Treatment at a glance

Best outcomes: 10+ days
Procedure time: 5 minutes
Duration of results: Months
Back to work: Immediately
Recovery: 0 days
Anaesthetic: Not required
Your specialist: Nurse injector
How much: $

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FAQs

Who is the ideal candidate for a lip flip?

This mini-treatment is for you if you:

 

  • You would like a subtly more prominent “pout” to your lips
  • You feel your upper lip looks invisible when you smile
  • You want fuller lips without additional volume
  • You request a temporary treatment lasting three to four months

What is the science behind the lip flip treatment?

The basis behind the lip flip is to target the fibres of the orbicularis oris muscle (which is the muscle surrounding the lips). 

 

By reducing activity of this muscle with anti-wrinkle muscle relaxants, we can help relax the muscle, therefore allowing the lip to flip upwards, creating a poutier look. 

What does the lip flip treatment involve?

Our skilled injectors administer tiny units of muscle relaxants into the surrounding muscles of the mouth using microneedles. The treatment requires little to no downtime & results are seen after a few days. The whole treatment is completed in under a minute. 

How does a lip flip differ from dermal fillers to the lips?

Lip fillers add volume & make the lips appear larger in their volume. Lip flip with anti-wrinkle injections relaxes the muscles around the lips & rolls the lip upwards flipping them slightly to give a fuller pout. It’s more subtle than filler. 

How long does a lip flip last?

8-12 weeks, making this treatment perfect for refreshing your look or adding a natural pout for that special occasion.

 

Injectables are metabolized at a higher rate here as your muscles are recruited during speech & eating. 

What does it cost?

It’s a mini treatment that costs between $110 to $160. Lip flipping is an ideal steppingstone to dermal fillers.

 

Book a FREE injector assessment at our Brisbane clinics. *T&Cs apply

What are the potential side effects?

Bruising may be prolonged in rare cases. Asymmetry can be seen in less than 3% of cases & often corrects within a few weeks. Rarely your muscles may be more sensitive to muscle relaxants, & you may have difficulty whistling & drinking through a straw. This will settle down in a week or two. 

When do we recommend lip fillers over a lip flip?

Dermal hyaluronic acid lip fillers are better if-

  • You want more bulk & volume to the upper & or lower lips
  • Would like a longer duration of results of up to 12 months & beyond
  • Would prefer more definition, shape & lip symmetry

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Simple injections to the lips can enhance contours & definition without the addition of volume. Subtle, effective, natural.

How would I know if lip flipping is better or dermal fillers?

It really depends on your anatomy, lip profile & expectations. The best way to give you advice is with a real time examination. Book a free* nurse consultation with our skilled nurse injectors at our Brisbane clinics. *T&C apply

Can I eat after injectable lip flip treatments?

After injectable treatment, you have no issues eating & drinking. If a numbing gel was applied before treatment, it’s best to wait for the numbing effect to wear off. This takes between 40 to 60 minutes. Dribbling is not a good look!

Can you kiss after the anti-wrinkle lip flip?

or the first 48 hours after treatment, we do in fact recommend that patients avoid passionate kisses. Intense kissing can cause diffusion of anti-wrinkle from the precisely placed areas of your upper lip. Quick pecks are OK, but not pashing for longer than 2 seconds. 

After a couple of days, you’re good to go.

Where do you inject muscle relaxants for a lip flip?

To achieve a lip flip, your injector injects anti-wrinkle right near the cupid’s bow above the upper lip. These injections along the edge of the mouth can relax key areas of the orbicularis oris muscle, which in turn leads to natural-looking relaxed lips. 

The perceived volume changes are not due to a true increase in volume, as with results from dermal fillers, but a perceived increase of volume as the lip flip reveals more pink inner lip. 

What procedures are available to improve or enhance my lips?

Lip fillers can increase volume, improve shape & definition. 

Muscle relaxants can reduce lip wrinkles & lines. 

Lasers & chemical peels can address fine lines, wrinkles & smoker’s lips.

Lip lift surgery can reduce lip length. 

What is the difference between a lip flip vs a surgical lip lift?

Lip flip treatment is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that can enhance a patient’s pout without the need for cosmetic surgery or downtime, whilst a lip lift primarily reduces the height of the upper lip (the distance between the lip & the nasal spine). 

A surgical lip lift is a treatment used to reduce the height of the upper lip, the secondary intention is to evert the border of the upper lip, without adding volume. 

For lip lifting, we give an incision above the upper lip under the nose. A small flap of skin is cut from there & the remaining skin is sutured up, creating a pull on the upper lip. Typically, between 2-6mm of skin, fat & muscle is removed. 

What to expect when you see our expert injectors at Cutis Dermatology?

  • The most appropriate treatments for you given condition
  • The expected results that you would achieve with each treatment
  • An explanation of our treatment plan
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Continued support post treatment

What do we use for lip lift treatments?

  • Our injectors at Cutis Dermatology Brisbane most often use anti-wrinkle for anti-wrinkle treatments, however we also use other brands including Dysport & Xeomin. The relaxant of choice depends on the injector & your preference.

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