Botox Lip Flip: Lip Enhancement Via Botox

Written by Kelly Wala, RN BSN, Advanced Nurse Injector on June 18, 2019 One Comment

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Do you want to enhance the appearance of your lips but are worried about making them appear overly inflated? While there are many great lip enhancement techniques for adding volume, including lip injections using fillers like Restylane or Juvederm Ultra XC or even a permanent lip implant, some of our patients simply wish to make their lips appear more prominent without actually enlarging them.

There is a safe and effective way to achieve this goal using Botox. Yes, the proven wrinkle fighter can also be used to enhance the lips through a procedure known as a “Botox Lip Flip”.

What is a Botox Lip Flip?

A Botox Lip Flip is a simple non-invasive procedure that involves the injection of Botox neuromodulator into the muscle that surrounds the mouth (called the orbicularis oris). In the same way that Botox works to relax underlying muscles that cause wrinkles, the injected Botox prevents the orbicularis oris from holding the lips in place. This results in the outward “flip” of the upper lip, creating the appearance of fuller and plumper lips.

What Results Can You Expect from a Botox Lip Flip?

A Botox Lip Flip creates the appearance of fuller, plumper, and more shapely lips. In reality, however, the lips do not actually increase in size. As the Botox relaxes the underlying muscle, the lips gently roll out creating a soft pout. There is no actual volume added as a Botox Lip Flip creates a visual illusion of enlargement.

It’s important for patients to understand that a Botox Lip Flip provides a more subtle result compared to the more dramatic effect achieved through fillers or lip implants.

Gummy Smile Solution

A lip flip can also correct a “gummy smile”, where an overly excessive amount of gum tissue is visible above the top teeth when smiling. The effect of injected Botox into the orbicularis oris muscle relaxes the lips which can help conceal the gums while the mouth is both at rest or smiling.

How Soon Will I See Results?

The initial effect of the injectable lip flip is nearly instant, though most patients will realize the final end result of the procedure within 2-3 days of treatment.

How long do results last?

Results provided by the lip flip are temporary. For most patients the results will last between six to eight weeks. Patients can maintain their look by undergoing regular maintenance treatments.

How is the procedure performed?

A Botox Lip Flip is a fast, simple, and minimally invasive procedure. After undergoing a consultation to determine the patient’s candidacy, Botox is administered via four small injections above the top lip.

How Long Does the procedure take?

The procedure is very quick and simple, most patients will be fully done in less than 20 minutes.

Is a Lip Flip Painful?

The injection is done using an ultra-fine needle to minimize pain. Discomfort is minimal and brief, and once complete, there is usually no discomfort.


Kelly Wala, RN BSN

Kelly Wala is a Registered Nurse with a Baccalaureate Degree of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. As an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist for the past 10 years Kelly specialized in a full complement of non-surgical aesthetic services such as facial injectables, laser and light therapy, body contouring, and skin care. Kelly was the first in Texas to perform the Injectable Threadlift.

One Response to “Botox Lip Flip: Lip Enhancement Via Botox”

  1. Steffy says:

    Sounds great for people who just want a small effect. I discussed this option with my injector. However I’m set to get filler this week as I’m looking for a more full look.

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