You may be familiar with the uses of Botox® for helping to smooth forehead wrinkles, frown lines, or crow’s feet. But you may not know that Botox can also be used for facial contouring and a wide range of other cosmetic concerns. A Botox lip flip is a subtle but effective use of Botox that can improve the appearance of your lips.
At Enriched Aesthetics, we have many years of experience in using Botox to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals. Our lip flip treatments using Botox can help reduce a gummy smile and subtly augment the lips, creating a look that is different from what can be achieved by using lip fillers. With our services in Morristown, NJ, we use the most innovative techniques to bring you the highest quality care.
If this is your first time hearing about a Botox lip flip, you may be curious about how the treatment works as well as how long it will last. We will take a closer look at the mechanism of the treatment, the duration of lip flip treatments, and the factors that can affect longevity.
What Is a Lip Flip?
A lip flip is a treatment using Botox or other neuromodulators to gently relax the muscles in the lip to cause the tissue of the lip to turn slightly upward. Neuromodulators can provide many different benefits to the body by interrupting signals that tell active muscles to move. Lip enhancement is one of the benefits that can be gained through the use of Botox.
During a lip flip treatment, a very small amount of product is injected into the lip line. The neuromodulator blocks the nerve impulses that cause muscle contractions in the muscles of the lips, which causes the upper lip to turn upward, creating the appearance of a fuller lip without adding volume.
What Can a Lip Flip Help Correct?
Thin Upper Lip
Botox lip injections help treat a thin upper lip. One of the benefits of Botox treatments is that it creates the illusion of lip augmentation without adding additional volume which can make for a very subtle and natural-looking effect.
A gummy smile is when the upper gums are exposed which can be a concern for some individuals. By relaxing the muscles in the upper lip, the tissue in the area is able to stay in a more relaxed position and won’t pull up as high when you smile, hiding your gums.
Vertical Lip Lines
While some lines on the lips and around the mouth may be best treated with fillers, Botox lip injections can help to improve some of the fine lines around the upper lip. If you have mild lip lines, this type of lip injection may be able to resolve them.
Uneven Lip Shape
If you have an uneven lip shape that you want to correct, a Botox lip flip may help to create a more symmetrical appearance. It can be used to relax the muscles more on one side than the other for a more balanced look.
How Long Can the Effects of a Lip Flip Treatment Last?
As with Botox injection in other parts of the face, Botox lip injections can last for several months. However, eventually, your body will metabolize the medication and you will need additional treatments. You can expect results for around three months after injections. This time can vary based on several factors.
Factors That Can Affect Treatment Longevity
Your Individual Metabolism
The patient’s individual metabolism is a major factor in how long the lip augmentation treatment will last. Those with a faster metabolism may notice their lip flip treatments lasting for a shorter amount of time.
Your Activity Levels
Activity levels can impact the longevity of your lip enhancement treatments. Athletes or other individuals with a highly active lifestyle can metabolize Botox faster, while those with a more sedentary lifestyle may have longer results.
Some lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and constant exposure to sunlight can affect the duration of lip injections, making it wear off more quickly. If you are interested in extending the longevity of your treatment, you can consider staying away from these activities for the duration of your treatments.
The Amount of Botox Used
The amount of product that is used during a Botox lip flip can make the treatment last for a shorter or longer amount of time. Only a small amount of Botox should be injected into the lip area, so results may not last as long as they would in other areas where more aggressive treatments can be performed.
How Often Should Treatments Be Repeated?
Because the effects of a lip flip treatment are temporary, you will need to make a plan with us to have the area re-injected if you are happy with the results of the treatment. Injections will need to be given once every three to four months on average to maintain similar results. You will be able to work closely with us to develop the right treatment schedule for you.
Augment and Enhance Your Lips With a Lip Flip
Lip flip treatments can be a good alternative or addition to other lip augmentation treatments. The subtle shaping and contouring can produce a natural-looking result that can improve the appearance of your lips while at rest and while smiling. If you are interested in learning more about our Botox lip flip treatments at Enriched Aesthetics, you can get in touch with us today. You can schedule appointments in Morristown, NJ, by calling (973) 241-1838 or by filling out an online form.