Is Botox Lip Flip Worth It?

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Is Botox Lip Flip Worth It?

Some people are naturally born with thin lips, but for others, it is an unpleasant sign of aging. For those looking to add that youthful plump to their lips, there are a variety of safe lip enhancement treatments offered by cosmetic clinics. Among these procedures is the new lip trend called “Botox lip flip.”

So does the Botox lip flip live up to its hype? Botox lip flips are an effective and safe alternative to lip fillers. It’s also a great procedure for giving the lips a subtle and natural-looking lift. If you want to treat a gummy smile or add a bit of volume to your thin lips, Botox lip flips are definitely worth every penny.

How Lip Flip Treatment Works

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that erases different signs of aging by relaxing the overused facial muscles. In 2019, around 7.7 million Botox procedures were performed in the country. It is also utilized for curing other medical conditions such as strabismus, hyperhidrosis, and more.

Adding to the many uses of Botox is the procedure called “lip flip” which involves relaxing the muscles in the upper lip so that it slightly rolls upward. This creates the illusion of the upper lips being more voluminous and defined. Lip flip patients can also enjoy additional effects of the procedure such as the disappearance of vertical lines above the lips.

Number of Botox Units Needed

Since the treatment area for lip flips is smaller than the usual site for facial Botox, it will require fewer units of the neurotoxin than usual. Patients only need up to 10 units of Botox per treatment session.

It might be hard to provide an estimated number of injections since it will depend on the patient’s condition, but they can expect around 3-6 injections of Botox each session. The results of a Botox lip flip can last for several months. If you are satisfied with its effects, you can consult the doctor about additional treatments.


The cost of Botox lip flip will depend on the number of units to be injected into the upper lip area. As with other cosmetic procedures, most medical insurance plans don’t include Botox lip flips in their coverage. Patients should be prepared to pay around $50 to $500 per session out of their own pocket.

Some of the other factors that may affect the cost of Botox lip flip are the provider’s experience and clinic location.

Results and Risks

Botox injections create the illusion of bigger lips by relaxing the muscles in the upper lip and flipping it upward. The result will look more like a subtle lift instead of a dramatic plumping that lip fillers create. It will take several months before the Botox wears off, but you can always consult your doctor about maintenance treatments.

The major downside of Botox lip flips is overtreatment. This occurs when an inexperienced provider injects too much Botox into the treatment area. Although it will eventually wear off, the patient may find it difficult to eat and drink. That’s why it’s important to choose a board-certified doctor with enough experience in injecting Botox into the upper lip area to perform your procedure.

Lip Flip vs Lip Fillers: What’s the Difference?

Dermal fillers and Botox lip flips are two non-surgical treatments that can give you fuller lips with zero downtime. The procedures for the treatments are similar but they differ in the substance used, cost, and duration of results. Before you select either of the two, it’s important to know which of them aligns with your goals first.

Here is a quick look at the two treatments’ differences:

Botox Lip Flip Lip Fillers
Goal Provide the patient with the illusion of fuller lips by flipping the upper lip upward Give patients dramatically plumper lips that feel soft
Substance Botulinum toxin type A Hyaluronic acid-based injectables
Cost $50 to $500 $500 to $1000
Duration of Results Up to 4 months 6 to 12 months


Is Lip Flip Right for You?

While Botox lip flip is a low-risk procedure, it may not be suitable for everyone. Consult a board-certified doctor first to know if this lip augmentation treatment is the right treatment for you. Botox lip flip is recommended for people who:

  • Are interested in plumper lips but aren’t ready for dermal fillers yet
  • Have a long philtrum (the groove found between the nose and the upper lip)
  • Have a gummy smile

It’s also important to consider both the benefits and disadvantages that a Botox lip flip can bring. Here are some of them:

Pros Cons
Botox lip flip procedures are quick. One treatment session can be completed in 10 minutes and the actual injecting time is just 2 minutes. The effects only last for 4 months but you can consult the provider for additional treatments to maintain the results for years.
This non-surgical procedure can give the patient a natural-looking lip flip without the major risks. Overtreating can happen if the substance is injected by an inexperienced provider so make sure your doctor has the right certification and enough experience in performing Botox lip flips.


Finding a Doctor for Lip Flip

COnsultation with a Botox provider

Like most cosmetic procedures, it’s important to find a trained medical professional who will perform a Botox lip flip. This allows the treatment to have better results and lower risks. You should also meet with the doctor before the procedure so that they can explain what they will do during the treatment. Finally, you should also ask them for before and after photos of their previous patients.

An experienced doctor should also make the patient feel comfortable during consultations and the treatment itself. Patients should ask the following questions to feel at ease:

  • How should I prepare before the procedure?
  • Is there anything I should avoid post-treatment?
  • What should I do to prolong the effects of Botox lip flip?

Achieve Luscious Lips with Anand Medical Spa

Here at Anand Medical Spa, we work closely with our patients to find the best ways to help them achieve their unique beauty goals. This includes performing effective Botox lip flip procedures for patients who want luscious lips.

Our team is dedicated to ensuring your safety, even after the procedure is complete. Visit our clinic in New York City now to learn more about the Botox lip flip and other lip plumping procedures.

Read more: What Is Better for Marionette Lines: Botox or Fillers?

About the Author:

Dr. Sunanda Chugh is the Founder and Medical Director of Anand Medical Spa and has been practicing in NYC since 2004. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has completed her training at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Chugh has worked and trained with top Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists in NYC. Her special interest on the effect of the aging process on the face and body inspired her to specialize in Aesthetic Medicine.

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