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Botox Lip Flip Explained

Kristina Cadwell  
March 24, 2020  

If you follow trends in the beauty industry, you may have heard about a new concept: the Botox Lip Flip. The treatment sounds like a combination of Botox and dermal fillers, but what does it really do?

This article explains how the Botox Lip Flip transforms the lips, and helps you determine if this kind of lip makeover is for you.

Botox lip flip

What Is Botox Lip Flip?

A Botox Lip Flip is a non-surgical treatment which gives you more sensual lips. Unlike dermal fillers, a Botox Lip Flip doesn’t fill your lips with hyaluronic acid. Instead, it relaxes the muscles in the upper lip to create a natural-looking pout and give the appearance of fuller lips.

Advantages of a Botox Lip Flip

Here’s a breakdown of the advantages of a Botox Lip Flip:

  • It’s a quick, non-surgical procedure.
  • Requires no downtime.
  • It causes minimal or no side effects.
  • The results are subtle and natural-looking.
  • It’s more affordable than Botox and fillers.

Botox Lip Flip: Before and After

Before and after Botox Lip Flip

The effects of Botox Lip Flip are subtle. The treatment gives you a slight pout, more sensual lips, and allows the lips to stay voluminous when you smile without the upper lip disappearing and revealing gums.

How Does a Botox Lip Flip Work?

Botox is a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles in the treated area. It blocks the signals from the nerves that prompt muscle movement. In the case of Botox Lip Flip, the provider injects a small amount of Botox into the orbicularis oris muscle, above the vermillion border of the upper lip. The injection relaxes the muscle and causes the upper lip to roll upward and become more defined.

Botox Lip Flip Procedure

A Botox Lip Flip doesn’t require any special preparation. The only condition is that you are free from active cold sores. Wait for the cold sores to pass before you have the procedure.

We advise our patients to refrain from alcohol and aspirin a few days before the procedure to reduce the chance of swelling and bruising.

As with any other injectable, the Botox Lip Flip is a very quick procedure. Most of your time at the clinic will be spent in consultation with your Botox provider. They will ask you about your medical history and your desired beauty goals. They will also explain all the steps of the procedure.

Before injecting Botox, your medical provider will apply numbing cream on the treatment area. The injection process takes approximately 10-15 minutes. It’s a quick, in-office procedure, after which you can resume your daily activities.

Botox Lip Flip Aftercare

The same aftercare tips apply to all Botox treatments. They help minimize the chances of side effects and maximize the effects of the procedure.

  • Avoid exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine for 24 hours.
  • Don't apply pressure to the treated area.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun and heat.
  • Don't lie down or bend below the waist for four hours.
  • Apply ice packs if the area is swollen.

Side Effects of the Botox Lip Flip Treatment

Most Botox patients don’t experience any side effects, and the same goes for the Botox Lip Flip.

Rare potential side effects are mild and include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Minor bruising
  • Numbness

Severe but extremely rare side effects include:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Speaking difficulty
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fever

The weakening of the muscle contraction may prevent you from being able to drink with a straw. This is a good thing because drinking from a straw creates wrinkles around the lip.

As always, it’s important to know who your injector is and what her or his qualifications are. Always work with a provider who is experienced and well-trained.

If you’re in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area, we invite you to Vibrant Skin Bar. All our staff are trained and certified and we boast many happy clients who are loving their Lip Flip results!

Botox Lip Flip vs. Dermal Fillers

The Botox Lip Flip is not a substitute for lip fillers, because the two treatments don’t do the same thing.

In most cases, lip fillers use dermal fillers to add volume and provide visible lip augmentation.

With a Botox Lip Flip, there is no artificially added volume. Instead, the muscles above the upper lip are relaxed to create a natural-looking pout and the illusion of fuller lips. Botox Lip Flip patients experience subtle enhancements in lip shape without added volume.

The results of Botox Lip Flip last approximately six weeks, while lip fillers dissolve after six to 12 months.

For those who are looking for significant improvement in both the volume and the shape of their lips, it’s possible to combine the two treatments.

Check out our article on Lip Flip vs Lip Fillers differences to find out which cosmetic treatment will give you your desired look.

Cost of a Lip Flip Treatment

The Botox Lip Flip is an affordable lip enhancement treatment. Here at Vibrant Skin Bar, you can get a Botox Lip Flip for $80–$120 per procedure. The price of the treatment is particularly appealing when compared to fillers, which usually cost hundreds of dollars. The lower cost is due to the minimal amount of Botox used.

Keep in mind that this is not a one-off procedure. If you are happy with the results, you will have to repeat the treatment after about three months.

Take advantage of our exclusive Lip Flip Friday! If you purchase a filler and come in on a Friday to have it done, you get a FREE Botox Lip Flip!

Botox Lip Flip FAQ

The following questions will help you determine if a Botox Lip Flip is the right treatment for your lips.

Botox Lip Flip: How Long to See the Results?

It takes several days for Botox to kick in. After a week, you’ll enjoy your new, beautiful pout every time you smile at yourself in the mirror.

How Long Does It Last?

A Botox Lip Flip offers results that last four to eight weeks. Botox is simply something that wears off in time. After a while, the injected muscle regains its ability to move, and your upper lip slowly goes back to its initial position. If you want to maintain your lip flip, you need to come in for regular treatments.

If you opt for the Botox Lip Flip and filler combo, the fillers will outlast the lip flip (most fillers last six to 12 months). You will need to come in for a Botox touch-up between your filler treatments.

Does a Lip Flip Affect Kissing?

One of the essential aftercare tips is “Don’t apply pressure to the treated area,” and that includes kissing. In addition to potentially negating the effects of Botox by applying pressure to treated lips, kissing also increases the chances of bacteria infecting the sensitive area.

Refrain from kissing at least 48 hours after the Botox Lip Flip treatment.

Does a Lip Flip Change Your Smile?

A Botox Lip Flip changes your smile in a positive way. Patients with thin upper lips that move above the gums when they smile are ideal candidates for the treatment. It relaxes the upper lip muscle so that the lip appears fuller and covers the gums, giving you a more sensual smile.


Botox Lip Flip is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t cost much and works wonders with the shape and fullness of lips. It can be a great alternative or an add-on to fillers.

To get lips you’ll love, it’s essential to find an experienced medical provider with a proven track record of giving patients beautiful Botox Lip Flips.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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