31 East Darrah Lane
Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Lip Flip Procedure

What is a Lip Flip?

A lip flip is a cosmetic procedure using Botox to subtly enhance the upper lip by relaxing surrounding muscles. It offers a temporary, natural-looking change without adding volume like traditional lip fillers.

How is Lip Flip intended to be used?

A lip flip is designed to enhance the upper lip’s appearance by injecting a neuromodulator, typically Botox, into the muscles surrounding the mouth. The objective is to achieve a subtle and natural-looking lift in the upper lip, creating the illusion of increased fullness without actually adding volume. This cosmetic procedure is commonly selected by those seeking a temporary and modest enhancement of their lips.

How does a Lip Flip work?


Procedure Overview:

  • A lip flip is a cosmetic process involving the injection of a neuromodulator, typically Botox.
  •  The targeted area is the muscles surrounding the upper lip, specifically the orbicularis oris muscle.

Muscle Target:

  • The orbicularis oris muscle, responsible for various lip movements, is the primary target.

Mechanism of Action:

  • Neuromodulator injection disrupts nerve signals in the orbicularis oris muscle.
  • Botox, containing botulinum toxin, blocks nerve signals, temporarily preventing strong muscle contractions.

Relaxation Effect:

  • Botox interferes with nerve-muscle communication, leading to temporary muscle relaxation.
  • The neuromodulator inhibits normal contractions of the orbicularis oris muscle.

Enhanced Appearance:

  • The relaxed state of the muscle allows surrounding muscles to exert a noticeable upward pull.
  • Results in a discreet upward turn of the upper lip, creating the illusion of enhanced fullness and a more defined lip border.

Distinguishing Feature:

In contrast to conventional lip fillers that directly add volume, a lip flip primarily targets the muscles around the lips.

What are the typical treatment areas?

The primary focus of a lip flip is the upper lip, specifically the orbicularis oris muscle. This procedure centers around the vermilion border, aiming to achieve a gentle and temporary enhancement that enhances fullness and refines the outline of the upper lip.

How is a Lip Flip different from other lip procedures?

A lip flip differs from traditional lip fillers by focusing on the upper lip’s muscle rather than directly adding volume to the lip tissue. Using a neuromodulator like Botox, the procedure creates a subtle, natural-looking enhancement by temporarily relaxing the muscles around the upper lip. Plus, the procedure is minimally invasive, has almost no downtime, and takes no longer than 10 to 20 minutes!

How many treatments will I need?

The number of lip flip treatments varies depending on individual goals. Generally, the effects are temporary, lasting a few months. Some may choose regular treatments for sustained enhancement, while others may opt for a single treatment for specific occasions. Personalized advice from a healthcare professional during a consultation is crucial to determine the right approach, dosage, and frequency based on individual preferences.

How long is the typical treatment?

A Lip Flip typically takes 10 to 20 minutes, with the actual injection process being very brief. This makes it so that the procedure is convenient for people with busy schedules and you could get it done during a lunch break!

Is the recovery time long?

There’s no downtime with Lip Flip, so you can get the treatment, walk out of our office and get on with your day!

Is a Lip Flip considered surgery?

No, Lip Flip is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment!

What are the potential side effects?

Lip Flip’s potential side effects may include mild redness and swelling, which should resolve in a few days. 

To minimize lasting side effects, follow post-treatment instructions, report unusual side effects promptly, choose a qualified practitioner to minimize complications and consult thoroughly before deciding on a lip flip or any other cosmetic procedure.

Is a Lip Flip treatment painful?

The level of discomfort from this procedure is typically minimal but can vary from person to person. Topical numbing creams are commonly applied, and the use of fine needles results in brief, temporary sensations. If you have concerns, it’s advisable to discuss them with your healthcare professional to ensure proper pain management.

Why does a Lip Flip use Botox?

Botox is employed in a lip flip due to its content of botulinum toxin type A, a neuromodulator that can temporarily relax the orbicularis oris muscle surrounding the upper lip. This induces a gentle upward lift in the lip, creating the illusion of enhanced fullness without directly augmenting volume. The selection of Botox is based on its capacity to diminish muscle activity temporarily, and its administration by qualified professionals ensures safety and optimal outcomes.

Lip Flip Contraindications

  • Avoid the lip flip procedure if you are allergic to the neuromodulator (e.g. Botox).
  • If pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s advisable to delay the lip flip due to potential unknown effects on the fetus or nursing infant.
  • Individuals with neuromuscular disorders, like myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, should avoid neuromodulator injections.
  • An active infection at the proposed injection site is a contraindication.
  • Be cautious if taking medications that affect blood clotting, as they may heighten the risk of bruising at the injection site.
  • Discuss specific medical conditions with a healthcare professional to ensure the safety and suitability of the lip flip procedure.

How do I know whether Lip Flip is right for me?

If you’re seeking to enhance the appearance of your lips, a Lip Flip may be for you! You can consult a qualified medical professional to see if a Lip Flip is right for you. Our office is available for consultations at 31 East Darrah Lane, Lawrence Township NJ. To schedule an appointment, call the following number: 609-587-9944

Important Pre-Treatment Instructions

To reduce the chance of any adverse side effects, we recommend doing the following things (unless your physician says otherwise):

  • Notify your provider of any medications, supplements, or topical products you currently use, as they can advise on whether you should temporarily stop using them.
  • Keep the treatment area clean of any substances such as lotion or oils.
  • Follow the precise pre-treatment guidelines given by your healthcare provider to achieve the best outcomes and reduce the risk of potential complications.

This section should only serve as additional information; it is NOT a substitute for your physician’s instructions.