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The Lip Flip: Is this new trend worth it?

What is a Lip Flip?

Lip flip is the new cosmetic injectable trend that people are going crazy for. It involves a few units of anti-wrinkle injection placed strategically above the top lip to relax the muscle, which makes more of the upper lip visible.  The result is that your lips curl out a little bit more to enhance the appearance of a cupid’s bow to create a pretty little bit of a pucker without fillers.  It helps to define your shape and creates the illusion of a fuller lip without looking artificial.

The use of anti-wrinkle injection to create a lip flip is slightly less invasive than using dermal filler and less expensive per individual treatment. The result is also subtler immediately after treatment. It’s increase in popularity is clear by the fact #lipflip tag on TikTok currently has over an incredible 169.6 million views.

Benefits of the Lip Flip

  • Cost-effective alternative to dermal lip fillers – $150 compared with $650
  • Doesn’t drastically change the look of your lips, just a subtle, natural enhancement
  • A fuller appearance of your upper lip
  • Virtually no downtime or recovery
  • Treatment takes only a couple of minutes
  • Results in just a few days with maximum results seen 10-14 days after treatment

Lip Flip Comparison to Dermal Filler Treatments

The downside to using antiwrinkle injection for a lip flip is that it doesn’t last long; only 6-8 weeks for most clients, compared to 6-9 months for dermal filler. This is partially because your lips move much more than other parts of the face where anti-wrinkle injections are normally used, so the effects wear off sooner. It’s also because of the small amount of anti-wrinkle product used. 1

“It’s unwise to start with more than 4 units around the lips,” says Nurse Juliette Deacon.  “Adding too much toxin around the lips will affect your ability to use them as you normally would. For example, you may find yourself unable to purse your lips to sip through a straw”.

To maintain a lip flip, you would have to return for treatment regularly, Juliette advised. She recommends doing a lip flip as more of a test or a Segway into lip filler, rather than for long-term use.

Who’s a Good Lip Flip Candidate?

People include those who:

  • Hope for plumper lips without injecting a dermal filler
  • Think their upper lip “disappears” when they smile
  • Want their smile to appear less gummy

Possible Side Effects

Cosmetic treatments involving anti-wrinkle injections are typically safe when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.

Some possible, short-term side effects are:

  • Injection-site reactions including bruising, pain, redness, swelling or infection
  • If not administered correctly, the smile could appear crooked or the muscles over-relax causing the muscle to be too weak to pucker the lips.

Some very rare side effects of this type of injection include:

  • Allergic reaction
  • Headache
  • Neck or back pain
  • Itching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth


A Lip Flip is a great way to determine if you like the way an enhanced lip looks on you before committing to dermal filler. You can also make the transition subtler by getting a lip flip with antiwrinkle injections and then adding some filler as the anti-wrinkle product wears off.

Dermal filler products and techniques have really developed over the years, so you can choose to go with full volume or a much subtler enhancement by having a lip flip.  It’s up to you.

  1. Please note that we have a $150 minimum spend in our clinic for lip flip treatments, you can add it on to any of our other treatments.

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