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How Does a Lip Flip Work?

Many people struggle with the appearance of thin lips and wish they had a fuller pout. Fortunately, a variety of minimally invasive lip enhancement procedures are available to help them improve their lip appearance without having to undergo surgery. While dermal fillers like Restylane® Silk and JUVÉDERM Ultra and VOLBELLA® XC can restore lost volume and smooth out radiating “barcode-type” lip wrinkles, neurotoxins like BOTOX® Cosmetic injected into your upper lip can provide a different type of aesthetic improvement known as a “lip flip.”

A lip flip is a cosmetic treatment that rotates upward or “flips” your upper lip for a fuller appearance, without actually increasing the volume of your lip. This non-surgical procedure utilizes small injections of muscle relaxers like BOTOX® Cosmetic just above the border of your upper lip. The orbicularis oris muscle, which shapes the mouth and lips and allows you to purse your lips, is relaxed and the lip line rolls upward and outward. This creates a subtle enhancement where more of the pink of your upper lip is visible. Lip flip treatment also benefits patients with gummy smiles, as less of the upper teeth and gums are exposed when smiling. You may notice mild weakness when pursing your lips or sucking on a straw lasting a few weeks after treatment.

The lip flip is a quick procedure, usually taking a couple of minutes. Results may be seen as early as two days after injections, but the full effect is seen by two weeks after treatment. Considering your mouth undergoes significant movement throughout the day with talking, eating, and smiling, results from a lip flip have been shown to last two to six months before a touch-up or retreatment is needed.

At Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, Dr. Steven Yarinsky can help patients achieve their desired lip aesthetic through multiple non-surgical procedural options. Dr Yarinsky is the only Albany and Capital District region certified “Expert Injector” by NewBeauty magazine and personally does all injectable treatments at Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC and at our Saratoga MediSpa. Through his highly personalized treatment plans, Dr. Yarinsky has helped thousands of patients gain a boost of confidence in their smile and overall appearance. For more information about the lip flip treatment, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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