Our Lip Flip in Portland and Vancouver improves upper lip contours without surgery.
This non-surgical lip enhancement technique is quickly becoming a favorite among our patients. Botox is injected to relax facial muscles around your mouth. The upper lip flips outward slightly, appearing larger and more defined.
A thin upper lip is easily fixed with our Botox Lip Flip. When Botox is injected into your cupid’s bow, the perioral muscles relax. No longer restricted by the downward pull of the orbicularis oris muscle, the upper lip turns outward slightly. The lip border moves upward, so more of your lip’s surface area is visible. This effect has been dubbed the “lip flip”.
A Lip Flip is also an ideal way to fix a gummy smile. Previously, fixing a gummy smile meant undergoing dental procedures that are costly and uncomfortable. If you have excess gums, Botox is a painless alternative. Botox fixes a gummy smile by relaxing a strong upper lip muscle. With your upper lip relaxed, large gums are less visible.
Unlike lip fillers, Botox takes time to start working. The main ingredient needs time to weaken the targeted facial muscle. Your Lip Flip will start to work just a few days after your treatment. Most patients notice the effects starting just three to four days later.
However, it can take up to two weeks to see the final results. Botox continues to work for up to four months. You may return for a touch-up treatment to maintain the results once the effects start to wear off.
For our patients who desire a subtle lip enhancement without added fullness to the lips with fillers, a Botox Lip Flip is ideal. It provides a very natural “did she or didn’t she?” look that you will love seeing in the mirror.
While a Lip Flip works well on its own, it also pairs nicely with lip fillers. This dual-approach advances your lip border for more surface lip area, while also adding volume for plumper lips. Many of our patients choose to add a small amount of Botox to the cupid’s bow while they are having Botox wrinkle injections. The effects are twofold: smoother, more youthful skin and a fuller pout. In fact, a Lip Flip can be safely combined with nearly any cosmetic enhancement that we offer.
During your consultation, one of our Nurse Injectors will sit down with you to answer all your questions about the procedure. Your cosmetic goals will be discussed, and an individualized treatment plan will be created just for you. We may take pre-treatment photographs with your consent so others can see your incredible Lip Flip before and after results.
Our experienced injectors will examine your lips to determine how many units of Botox are needed. Many patients choose to have a Lip Flip to enhance the effects of lip fillers. These injections can be performed during the same appointment.
Your Botox treatment will take less than a half-hour in total. Typically, only a few ccs of Botox are necessary. The procedure itself is nearly painless. All that you will feel is the quick pinch of a fine needle. We may apply a topical numbing cream first. Injections are placed above the cupid’s bow. Upon leaving the appointment, you may resume most normal daily activities.
The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin type A. It is derived from a bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum in a lab setting. While injecting a “toxin” into your skin may sound unusual, you can rest assured that Botox is considered a low-risk treatment. After undergoing clinical trials to prove its safety, the FDA approved Botox in 2002. While injecting a small amount of Botox is thought to be safe, all minimally invasive procedures come with a degree of risk. All risks are disclosed prior to undergoing your treatment. Serious adverse reactions to Botox are rare.
Our Botox Lip Flip is growing in popularity not only because it is so effective, but also due to the fact that it costs less than lip fillers. Only a few Botox units are needed to see a result. At The Workman Center for Plastic Surgery, we are committed to working with our patients to help them find financing options to help pay for the cost of Lip Flips and more. Visit our financing page for more information on CareCredit.
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