“Do you think I need a lip flip or lip filler?”

Whether you need a lip flip or lip filler depends on your specific goals and the characteristics of your lips. Both procedures have distinct purposes and can address different concerns:

Lip Flip

  • A lip flip is ideal for individuals who want a natural-looking result and do not necessarily want to increase the size of their lips.
  • A lip flip is typically recommended if you have a gummy smile or if you want to smooth/prevent fine lines that form above the upper lip.
  • It involves injecting a neuromodulator (like Botox) into the upper lip muscles to relax them, causing the upper lip to roll slightly outward and appear fuller.

Lip Filler

  • Lip filler is recommended if you desire increased volume, definition, or shape in your lips.
  • It involves injecting a dermal filler, containing hyaluronic acid, into the lips to add fullness and replace lost volume.
  • Lip filler is suitable for individuals who want more noticeable results, want to reshape their lips, or address lip asymmetries.
  • Lip filler has a longer duration, typically lasting 6-12 months.

“Can I do both?”

Absolutely. In fact, we may recommend both treatments for optimal results. If you are looking for a fuller, more defined lip both at rest and with animation, both treatments may be recommended. We may also suggest treating the lip with neurotoxin between your lip filler maintenance appointments. Regular lip flips can add subtle volume and help prevent vertical lip lines from forming overtime.

Ultimately, the choice between a lip flip and lip filler depends on your aesthetic goals and the specific concerns you have about your lips. It’s essential to have a consultation with an experienced injector who can assess your individual needs and help you decide which treatment is best for you. They will consider factors such as your lip shape, size, and your desired outcome to make a personalized recommendation. Additionally, they can discuss the potential risks and benefits of each procedure with you to ensure you make an informed decision.

Schedule a consultation with one of our Lara providers today.

Medically reviewed by Leslie A. Reap, PA-C / Kalli K. Rohleder, RN, BSN