Lip Fillers vs Lip Flips: What's the Difference?

Lip Fillers vs Lip Flips: What's the Difference?

Our faces lose volume as we age, resulting in drooping skin and wrinkles, and lip volume is included in this. When our lips begin to lose definition and appear less plump, small wrinkles form around our mouths, but lip injections and lip flips are two popular treatments that are well known for restoring youthfulness to the area. But how can you decide which procedure is best for you?

There's no doubt that in recent years, bigger lips have become something of a popular facial feature. Whether you want to temporarily plump your pout at home or learn more about in-office procedures, we’re here to provide you some insight and clarity into your options so you can make the best and safest decision.

Below, we will discuss what these two treatment options are, what they include, and how you can make the best decision for yourself. Continue reading to find out more about these two treatment options and discover how scheduling an initial consultation with Skin Deep Med Spa Boston can help you bring youth back to your look.

What Is a Lip Flip?

For a plumper, full pout, a Botox lip flip is a quick and easy alternative to injecting hyaluronic acid lip filler. The operation is known as a “Lip Flip” because it causes the muscles surrounding the top lip to relax and "flip" up, giving it a more voluminous appearance.

A lip flip is a simple treatment that takes about 10 minutes when performed in the office. About 6-8 units of Botox is injected into your Cupid's bow (the center of your upper lip) and near the corners of your mouth. The injection procedure relaxes the muscles around your lip. Relaxing the muscles around the vermillion border leads to more effacement from the muscle and the appearance of a full top lip.

These lip injections can also help to minimize perspiration production around the lips and prevent long-term lip line creases. Lip flip treatments are minimally invasive, requiring little to no downtime and being a less expensive alternative to surgery and lip filler. Lip flips are more effective at achieving symmetry and exposing more of the lip than hyaluronic acid lip fillers, but they don't provide nearly as much volume nor do they increase lip size.

Lip injections should only be performed by a reputable, trained cosmetic dermatologist or nurse injector. It's a popular solution for folks who don't want to add too much volume to their grin, but still want to remedy a gummy smile.

Advantages of Lip Flips

  • No downtime
  • Affordable
  • Quick

Disadvantages of Lip Flips

  • Fuller lips appear after 5-7 days
  • Typically only lasts 1.5-2 months.

What Is Lip Filler?

Injecting cosmetic filler is the most common type of lip augmentation performed today. Fillers function by injecting a hyaluronic acid gel into the lips. Hyaluronic acid attracts water and moisture to the region where it is injected, providing volume and moisturizing the lips at the same time, which makes it critical to comprehend how the key element in lip fillers functions.

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, viscous liquid that is particularly good at lubricating and holding moisture in tissue. It is created naturally by the human body, most notably in the face and skin, and is extremely effective at attracting and retaining moisture.

Collagen was once another popular dermal filler material, though collagen producing fillers are used far less frequently than hyaluronic acid fillers. Despite their differing names, all the fillers listed above are injected using almost the same process and produce similar aesthetic results.

Some fillers are thicker than others, which has an impact on how they function within the body. In the lips, thinner fillers normally dissolve in 6-8 months, while thicker fillers can last up to a year. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane can help with fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss in the face. Juvederm and Restylane are both considered to be hyaluronic acid fillers.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) aids in the restoration of moisture and volume to the skin. When the filler is injected directly into the lips and vermillion border, it adds volume and definition, resulting in a larger, poutier lip that is soft and natural-looking.

Advantages of Lip Fillers

  • Little downtime
  • Results can last up to a year
  • Immediate results

Disadvantages of Lip Fillers

  • Expensive
  • Mild tenderness post-injection
  • Swelling and bruising are common in some patients

How to Choose Between a Lip Flip vs. Lip Filler

While both seem fantastic, one may be more effective in achieving your objectives than the other.

A hyaluronic acid lip filler is typically used to add volume and definition to both lips, but a lip flip operation gives the upper lip a slight augmentation without adding any additional volume. Additionally, filler injections in the lip can last anywhere from six to twelve months, whereas a lip flip lasts about six to eight weeks.

These temporary lip flips may be ideal for you if you are happy with the shape and size of your lips and are primarily wanting to enhance what you currently have. Filler injections, on the other hand, might be a better option if you want a larger variety of possible results. Combining the two procedures can give you the shape and volume you want, while also preventing lip lines and extending the life of your lip filler.

While some may think both operations are straightforward, it is critical that you hire a board-certified specialist to perform them. Whether you want temporary lip enhancement or want to go for a more subtle look, speaking with a trusted cosmetic provider is the best way to figure out which lip surgery is suitable for you.

Discover How Skin Deep Med Spa Can Help

So, which is the best option for you? The answer to that question is entirely dependent on your aesthetic objectives. The discussion between getting a lip flip versus lip filler might last for days, but the final selection should be dependent on your individual lip goals.

Whether you prefer the more subtle, natural look of a lip flip or the more dramatic effects that lip fillers may deliver, Skin Deep Med Spa is ready to help.

All of our clients want to have the fuller lips they've always dreamt of, and we want to help them achieve their goals. At Skin Deep Med Spa, we are dedicated to assisting our clients in achieving their lip goals, and we provide a variety of services to help.

Whether you want to address a safety concern or learn more about how different solutions can work for your pout, our staff are here to answer any question you have and make sure all the risks are minimized.

If you’re considering a lip filler or lip flip, contact us at Skin Deep Med Spa to speak with one of our skincare specialists about how we can help you achieve your lip objectives.

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