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Lip Flip vs. Lip Filler: Choosing Which Is Right For You

Lip flips vs lip filler? These are both cosmetic procedures to enhance the appearance of the lips, but they differ significantly in their methods and outcomes. Let's breakdown the difference between the two and determine which is right for your desired outcome.



Lip Flips

  1. A lip flip involves injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin (such as Botox, Jeuveau or Dysport) into the upper lip's orbicularis oris muscle. This relaxes the muscle, causing the upper lip to "flip" upwards and outwards, giving it a fuller appearance.

  2. Effect: The primary effect is the illusion of a fuller upper lip. It does not actually add volume but makes more of the lip visible.

  3. Subtlety: It offers a more subtle enhancement compared to fillers.

  4. Duration: The results typically last about 3-4 months, as the effect of the botulinum toxin wears off.

  5. Recovery: Minimal to no downtime is involved.

  6. Ideal for: Those who want a subtle change or to address a "gummy" smile.

  7. Limitations: It doesn’t add volume and may not be as effective for significantly thin lips.


Lip Fillers

  1. Procedure: Lip fillers involve injecting substances like hyaluronic acid into the lips to add volume.

  2. Effect: They directly increase the size and volume of the lips, offering more noticeable enhancement.

  3. Versatility: Fillers can be used to shape the lips, correct asymmetries, and add volume.

  4. Duration: The results typically last about 6-12 months, depending on the type of filler used and individual factors.

  5. Recovery: There might be some swelling or bruising for a few days post-procedure.

  6. Ideal for: Those seeking a noticeable increase in lip volume or more dramatic reshaping.

  7. Risks: Includes potential for lumps, asymmetry, and in rare cases, vascular complications.


Choosing Between the Two

  • Desired Outcome: If subtle enhancement is the goal, a lip flip might be preferable. For more significant volumization or reshaping, fillers are the better choice.

  • Commitment Level: Lip flips are shorter-term and might be a good trial step.

  • Budget: Lip flips generally cost less than fillers.

  • Personal Anatomy: The natural shape and volume of your lips might make one option more suitable than the other.


Consultation with a qualified provider is important to assess which procedure is more suitable for an individual's specific lip shape, desired outcome, and overall facial structure.

Interested in a lip flip or lip filler at TEMPO? Schedule an aesthetic consultation today!



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