Beauty is all about framing. We frame the face with the right haircut, we frame the eyes with the right eyebrows, and we frame our smiles with full lips. But what do you do when your lips aren’t full or are asymmetrical? Before you try clever makeup tricks to make your lips seem fuller, you should stop and consider all of your options. Visit Invogue Rejuvenation & Body Sculpting Center in El Paso, TX, where we offer the latest in rejuvenation treatments for beautiful smiles, including the Botox Lip Flip.
What Is the Botox Lip Flip?
How do you solve the problem of a lip that’s a bit too thin? Lip fillers and lip-plumping makeup products are standard solutions, but you should know there is another treatment that can produce more ideal results. The newest, most promising trend in beauty treatments for lips right now is Botox Lip Flip. This is a treatment that enhances the volume of your lips without using fillers, making it the number one alternative lip treatment for patients seeking fuller smiles.
What It Treats
Lip Flip is a treatment that addresses a thin upper lip. Think about your smile. If your bottom lip stays full but your top lip seems to disappear with every grin, then you might have an overworked upper lip. Like the rest of our facial muscles, the muscles around our mouth can become tight, particularly when making expressions such as smiles. This treatment is designed to enhance the fullness and definition of the upper lip to create a more symmetric smile.
How It Works
This treatment works similarly to regular Botox treatments. A set of small injections made with a thin needle is placed on targeted muscles just above the upper lip. When the Botox solution begins to work, it relaxes these muscles, which causes the upper lip to roll upward and be more visible. Aptly named, a Botox Lip Flip literally flips the upper lip.
What to Expect Before, During, and After Treatment
At our clinic, there are a few steps that are involved in your treatment from start to finish. Here is what you can expect:
Your first appointment will be a consultation appointment where we will determine if this treatment is right for you. We will gather certain information about you, such as previous cosmetic treatments you have had and any drug allergies you may have. At the time of your consultation, we may perform a standard allergy test if you have never used Botox before. We may also explore additional treatment options with you.
We will give you a list of pre-treatment instructions to follow before your appointment. Most pre-treatment instructions should be followed for at least 48 hours before your treatment. Some pre-treatment instructions may include:
- Do not consume alcohol
- Avoid certain OTC medications and supplements
- Do not use Retinol products
We ask that you arrive at your appointment with a freshly cleaned face, wearing no make-up or moisturizers. We also encourage patients to eat a light breakfast and drink plenty of water before the appointment. You will not need to arrange for transportation after this appointment.
The treatment steps for a Lip Flip are similar to the steps for standard Botox injections. At patient request, we will apply a topical numbing cream to the intended treatment area. One of our skilled technicians will then administer the Botox injection to the muscles of the upper lip. This treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete.
We will give you a list of post-treatment instructions to follow after your appointment. These post-treatment instructions should be followed for at least 48 hours after your treatment. Some post-treatment instructions may include:
- Do not consume alcohol
- Avoid certain OTC medications and supplements
- Do not use Retinol products
- No rubbing the treatment area
- Avoid strenuous activity
- No excessive sweating or heat
- Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
We may provide you with additional instructions, such as directions on how to use ice or cold compresses during the recovery period. We may also recommend the use of certain products Arnica to use after treatment to help aid recovery.
There is very minimal downtime associated with this treatment. Most patients are fully recovered within 2 to 5 days and can resume all normal activities. Immediately after your appointment, you can return to your normal daily activities, including work and errands. If this is your first treatment with Botox, we may recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after treatment to assess how well you are responding to the treatment.
Benefits of Botox Lip Flip
There are several benefits to this treatment. For example, a Lip Flip is a great alternative treatment for patients who are not interested in lip fillers to restore volume to lips. Other benefits for this treatment include:
Enhanced Upper Lip
The key difference between this treatment and a lip filler is the fact that a Lip Flip does not create artificial volume in the lips. Instead, a Lip Flip simply relaxes the muscles near the upper lip to allow the lip to relax, which in turn enhances and defines the shape of the upper lip. A filler, on the other hand, creates artificial volume in the lips. Ultimately this means that patients seeking more natural solutions or patients who are not compatible with dermal fillers can use this treatment to enhance lip shape.
This treatment can also be used for anti-aging purposes. One of the excellent side benefits of this treatment is the fact that the injections to the muscles around the upper lip will also relax the vertical smile lines around the lips, restoring the youthful appearance of the area around the mouth. Smoothing the appearance of these dynamic lines can drastically improve a youthful appearance.
A More Confident Smile
Perhaps the most noteworthy benefit of this treatment is a more confident smile. The benefit of a more confident smile can’t be overstated. When we are confident about the appearance of our smile, we are more prone to smiling and more likely to enjoy social interactions. In fact, some people who are confident about their smiles may have higher self-esteem!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Soon Can You Enjoy Results?
The results of this treatment appear right around the time your recovery period ends. Most patients can enjoy results as soon as 2 to 5 days after treatment. Results will include a relaxation of the upper lip, which will become more visible.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results for this treatment last are similar to Botox, meaning that the results of this treatment will last for about 3 to 4 months at a time. Results will last depending on how your body responds to the Botox solution. Patients who naturally metabolize Botox faster will only have results for 3 months, while patients who metabolize the solution slower will have results for 4 months.
Will You Need Multiple Treatments?
Botox injections of any kind require quarterly treatments, which means they are generally done four times a year. We encourage patients to have regularly scheduled appointments once every 3 to 4 to maintain desired results.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Botox is a trusted neurotoxin injection that has been safely used on patients for decades. This treatment is safe for patients of every age who are not allergic to the Botox solution. We will verify this treatment is right for you by performing a standard allergy test at our clinic.
Can You Combine Botox Lip Flip With Other Treatments?
Absolutely! In fact, it is common for this treatment to be combined with any number of other cosmetic treatments. This treatment is highly compatible with most of the treatments offered at our clinic, including:
This treatment is easily combined with your regular Botox injections. Most patients use Botox to treat dynamic wrinkles on the forehead, but this treatment can be easily added at the same appointment to enhance the upper lip and relax the smile lines around the mouth.
Many patients combine lip fillers with this treatment. Lip fillers are specialized solutions that restore or augment the volume of the lips. Combining a lip filler with this treatment can enhance the overall effect of the treatment and even make the results of both treatments last a few weeks longer.
Dermal fillers are also commonly combined with this treatment. Dermal fillers are a class of cosmetic treatments that restore the volume to the face, and particularly the cheeks, chin, hollows beneath the eyes, and nasolabial folds. Dermal fillers combined with this treatment can create a more comprehensive restoration effect overall.
Skin resurfacing treatments are any treatment that addresses superficial appearance concerns such as dark spots, sun damage, acne and acne scarring, or uneven skin tone or texture. Skin resurfacing treatments can be as simple as chemical peels or as advanced as energy-based treatments, such as radiofrequency. Skin resurfacing treatments can also be safely combined with both neurotoxin injections like Botox or other dermal fillers.
There are other treatments that can be easily combined with this treatment. For example, we can help you find the right skincare products, including skin-boosting serums, that can help enhance the overall effect of this treatment. Other treatments may include Kybella, laser hair removal, Hydrafacials, and much more.
Is There a Best Time for This Treatment?
While this is a treatment that can be done at any time of year, we encourage patients to plan their treatment appointments at least 1 week before major life events to allow full time for recovery and final results.
Who Are Good Candidates?
The majority of patients who are interested in this treatment typically make good candidates. We determine patient qualification based on the information from each consultation, particularly the allergy tests and any history of previous successful Botox. Good candidates include patients who are looking for alternative lip enhancement treatments. You may be a good candidate if you want to:
- Enhance your upper lip
- Enjoy a fuller smile
- Avoid lip fillers
- Smooth smile lines
- Combine multiple treatments
- More smile confidence
Rejuvenate Your Smile With Botox Lip Flip Today!
The oldest trick in the book for a fuller smile is the use of red-pigment on the lips or any other lip-plumping product that tricks the mind into perceiving a fuller mouth. However, there is only so much makeup can do, and when you’re leading a busy life you don’t have time for constant lipstick touch-ups.
It’s time to seriously reconsider the way you’re framing your beautiful smile. If you think the best way to rejuvenate your appearance is with the Botox Lip Flip, contact Invogue Rejuvenation & Body Sculpting Center in El Paso, TX to schedule your consultation appointment today!