Many women are searching for those full, pouty lips that they see on celebrities such as Angelina Jolie or Jessica Alba. Some people are blessed with this desirable aesthetic, but if you are not, there are ways to obtain those beautiful lips by seeing a skilled injector. These new technologies and innovations taking place in the field of cosmetics can help people to enhance features about which they are insecure.

There are two methods commonly used by med spas to enhance lips depending on the desired results. One is a “Lip Flip,” and the other is cosmetic lip filler.

The term lip flip and lip filler are often used interchangeably, and many people think they are the same. However, there is a vast difference between the two. A lip flip is done by using BOTOX to relax the muscles in the lips, whereas with lip filler, your injector will use a dermal filler to insert a compound into your lips so that they are fuller and more plump.

BOTOX Lip Flip

A BOTOX lip flip is a treatment in which BOTOX is injected into the muscles above the upper lip to restrict the muscles from contracting. Relaxing these muscles allows the upper lip to roll slightly upward, making more of the upper lip visible. BOTOX is injected gradually in small amounts until the desired look is achieved.

These injections are only done on the upper lip. Clients notice changes in a few days, with full results observable in one week.

This treatment is for clients that want the appearance of a fuller lip without adding volume — the results achieved through the BOTOX lip flip last about four months and provide a subtle yet noticeable difference.

Lip Fillers

Lip fillers make the lips physically fuller and plumper. A gel composed of a compound (typically hyaluronic acid) found naturally in the human body is injected into the lips and can be used to improve overall shape and symmetry. Lip fillers can also reduce and smooth severe vertical lip lines.

Lip fillers can be used on both upper and lower lips. The results achieved typically last for around six months, but it varies depending on the type of filler used and the person.

Clients with very thin lips may want to combine a Lip Flip with lip fillers. The fillers can be used to increase volume, and the BOTOX will lift the upper lip slightly to achieve a lovely effect.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to see which treatment is right for you, contact BodyLase at 919-954-2288 (Raleigh) or 919-851-8989 (Cary).