In recent years, plastic surgery has become more popular than ever before, with over $9 billion spent on aesthetic plastic surgery in 2020 alone. However, not all procedures are drastic. In fact, most of the most popular procedures, like the lip flip, are relatively simple but can have a big impact. A lip flip involves injecting Botox into the upper lip, in order to create the appearance of a fuller lip. Botox does not act as a filler would, plumping the lip itself; instead, it relaxes the muscles in the upper lip, allowing it to “flip” upwards slightly. The lip looks more prominent, without actually getting larger.
Now that you know how a lip flip works, let’s dive into some things you should know before scheduling your procedure.
1. It’s Not Permanent
It’s understandable that you may be a little hesitant to commit to a permanently altered look. Lots of us want to try a new look, but we don’t necessarily want to keep it forever. Additionally, the look may not be to your taste after all, which means that a life-long commitment is less than ideal. A lip flip typically only lasts for two to three months, as the effects of Botox are temporary. However, if you do love the results, you can have the procedure redone as much as you want!
2. It’s Very Safe
A lip flip is less invasive than dermal fillers or lip implants, which involve actually filling the lip; and it’s certainly less invasive than a lip lift, which is a permanent surgery. Typically executed as an outpatient procedure, a lip flip usually will take only about 10 minutes and is minimally painful, not even requiring numbing cream.
3. It Requires Some Care
There is some maintenance involved in lip flips. Not only will you need to have the procedure redone every two to three months; you’ll also need to abstain from smoking for a few days after the procedure is done. You should also sleep on your back for a few nights after the procedure.
4. The Effects Aren’t Immediate
Usually, it will take 10 to 14 days for the full effect to set in. Be patient! You’ll see a gradual improvement over this time and it’s definitely worth the wait.
5. It’s Affordable
Although, as with most cosmetic procedures, it won’t be covered by insurance, a lip flip is often less expensive than other lip-related procedures, usually staying between $80 and $500. Just make sure that you’re working with a qualified professional! Call us today for further details!