Lip Flip vs. Lip Filler: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to lips, there are two terms you hear often, lip flip and lip filler. So which one is better? Well, that depends on your individual needs. A lip flip is when Botox or Dysport is injected into the upper part of your lip to allow more of the lip to show while smiling. Lip filler uses injectable fillers to add volume to your lips. So which one is right for you? Keep reading to find out!


What is a lip flip?


A lip flip is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure that uses Botox or Dysport to temporarily relax the muscles around your upper lip, causing the lips to appear slightly fuller when smiling. This is also beneficial in reducing the appearance of fine lines around the mouth, sometimes called “smoker’s lines”. This can result in a fuller lip look. It can be done in conjunction with lip filler or on its own. The results of a lip flip are not permanent and typically last 6 weeks..

How does lip filler work?


Lip filler is a type of injectable dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to keep it hydrated and plump. Lip fillers can be used to add volume and definition to your lips, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth. There are many different kinds of dermal fillers used for different treatments. To determine the specific filler for you, I will talk with you about your goals, tell you about each option of filler we use, and give my professional opinion.


How long do each last?


Since a lip flip is done with Botox or Dysport injections above the lip, it lasts about 6 weeks. This is shorter than the expected duration of other areas because we can not fully inhibit this muscle from moving. How long Botox lasts on an individual depends a lot on how active the person is and how fast their body metabolizes the molecules. While lip filler also depends on the individual’s metabolism, it generally lasts much longer with a more significant result. So, while a lip flip will last between 6-8 weeks, lip filler will last about 6-12 months. 


Costs of each


The costs of each treatment depends on how much you are wanting and what your goals are in terms of fullness for your lips. For instance, many older patients will want lip filler to smooth out the lines and wrinkles in their lips from aging while younger patients tend to want more volume. Since a lip flip is done with Botox, the cost will depend how many units of Botox you are getting. With lip filler, you pay for the syringe. A lip flip may cost a lot less up front, but you must consider the result and duration . Depending on your desired outcome, you may be better off paying more for the lip filler just once or twice a year.




One big difference in these two lip treatments is the post-treatment care. The Botox injections for the lip flip may cause a slight bruise at the injection site, but there is no downtime required. Aside from a possible tiny bruise, you would be able to go back to work and no one would notice. With lip filler it is likely that you will experience some minimal downtime with swelling and bruising. Typically, the worst swelling occurs the day after your lip filler treatment with all swelling subsiding within a week. 


Which is right for you?


The treatment option that is best for you depends on your desired outcome. Many patients will start with a lip flip before realizing that they want the longer lasting volume that comes with lip filler. However, if volume isn’t a concern, a lip flip is a great treatment to add onto your regular Botox visits. 




Lip flips and lip fillers are both treatments that can enhance the appearance of your lips. Both treatments can give you amazing results, but it is important to understand the difference when deciding which treatment is right for you. If you are still unsure or would like my input, book an appointment today and I would love to have you in for a consultation! My team and I would be more than happy to help you find the perfect solution for your unique lips.

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