Updated: May 19
When you think about people who have had lip fillers, do you immediately picture celebrities with big fat lips from having too many dermal filler injections? I do!
You will be surprised to learn that botulinum toxin (commonly referred to as Botox®) can be used instead of dermal fillers to enhance beautiful, natural fullness to your top lip in a much more subtle way.
It’s called the ‘Lip Flip’!
We asked Dr Laurie of Canterbury Clinic to tell us more about the ‘Lip Flip’ technique which is an affordable and quick way to recapture or retain volume to your top lip.
What is a Lip Flip?
The Lip Flip creates the appearance of a fuller, rounder lip by giving the upper lip a poutier shape and adding definition to the upper lip line.
This means the lip shows a subtle, relaxed fullness, especially when you smile, without adding volume or changing the natural shape of your lips.
I make very small injections that temporarily relax the muscles around your top lip. This causes the part of your upper lip that's inside your mouth to ‘flip’ upward and outward, giving your lip a fuller appearance.
How can I stop my top lip disappearing as I get older?
A Lip Flip is an ideal treatment for clients that wish to regain more visual profile and impact of their top lip. As the muscles around your mouth relax from the Lip Flip treatment, your top lip gently 'rolls out', creating the illusion of more volume. This also helps stop your top lip moving up too far when you smile.
Does Lip Flip help reduce ‘smokers’ lines?
A Lip Flip is an excellent first step to regaining the lips you used to have (or want to have). However, the Lip Flip will not reduce extensive or deep ‘smokers’ lines and these will require dermal fillers to treat them.
Who is a good candidate for a Lip Flip?
The Lip Flip procedure is ideal for anyone with a thinning upper lip who is interested in a fuller, more natural looking lip.
I treat a lot of mature women in their 50s, 60s and 70s who want to recapture their lip shape. I also treat people in their late 20s, 30s and 40s who want to retain their lip shape as they enter the ageing process.
How long does a Lip Flip last?
In general, the effects of a Lip Flip will last for up to 6 months.
Is a Lip Flip better than filler?
The Lip Flip amplifies the natural shape of your lips, without exaggerating, for an all-natural effect and it’s much more affordable option than lip filler.
At Canterbury Clinic, we charge $150 for the service with a complimentary follow-up appointment in 2 weeks to see if any top-up is required.
Is a Lip Flip noticeable?
This is a subtle enhancement and typically clients start to see a difference after one week, with results in full effect after 2-3 weeks. You should notice a slight increase in the area requiring lipstick.
Do lip injections hurt during the procedure?
I believe that lip injections are best done by an experienced doctor practitioner with an eye for symmetry. Some patients feel minor discomfort and/or a slight pinch, but any pain felt is brief and manageable.
As a Consultant Anaesthetist, my career has been based around injecting and minimising pain so my clients are reassured that they couldn't be in better hands.
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