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Lip Flip

As the years go by, you might notice your lips losing their fullness and the area around your mouth developing fine lines. That’s where the Lip Flip procedure comes into play. Unlike dermal fillers that add volume, the Lip Flip uses a precise application of Botox to subtly enhance the upper lip, giving it a fuller and more defined appearance without increasing volume. This technique offers a natural-looking enhancement, perfect for those seeking a more subtle refinement. At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, we specialize in the Lip Flip procedure, providing an elegant solution for men and women in Bellevue and the surrounding areas looking to refresh their smile without the need for invasive treatments or downtime.

What is a Lip Flip?

The Lip Flip procedure is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a small amount of Botox to relax the muscles around the upper lip, allowing it to curl upward slightly and appear fuller. This subtle enhancement can make a significant difference in the balance and beauty of your smile without adding volume. The Botox used in a Lip Flip works by temporarily relaxing specific muscles, which can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines around the mouth.

This technique is particularly appealing for those seeking a more natural enhancement than what might be achieved with fillers. While dermal fillers are designed to add volume directly, the Lip Flip focuses on enhancing the shape and position of the lip for a more refined look. At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, we specialize in the Lip Flip procedure, leveraging our expertise to offer a tailored approach that compliments your natural features.

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Good Candidates for a Lip Flip Procedure

A good candidate for a Lip Flip procedure typically includes individuals who are seeking a subtle enhancement to their upper lip without the added volume that comes with dermal fillers. Here are some characteristics that might make someone an ideal candidate for this procedure:

  • Desire for a Subtle Enhancement: Those looking for a slight, natural-looking enhancement of the upper lip, giving it a fuller appearance without the use of fillers.
  • Concerns About a Gummy Smile: Individuals who feel self-conscious about their “gummy” smile may benefit from a Lip Flip, as it can reduce the amount of gum visible when smiling.
  • Fine Lines Around the Lips: Candidates who wish to minimize the appearance of vertical lip lines or “smoker’s lines” without resorting to fillers might find the Lip Flip a suitable option.
  • Realistic Expectations: It’s important for candidates to have realistic expectations about the outcomes of a Lip Flip. The results are more subtle compared to fillers and focus on enhancing the natural shape rather than significantly increasing lip size.
  • Good Overall Health: As with any cosmetic procedure, being in good physical health and having no allergies or contraindications to Botox are essential for minimizing risks and ensuring a smooth recovery.
  • Looking for Temporary Results: The results of a Lip Flip are temporary, typically lasting 2 to 4 months. Candidates should be willing to undergo maintenance treatments or be interested in trying a less permanent option before committing to more invasive procedures.
  • Minimal Lip Volume: Those with very thin lips who want a slight outward roll of the upper lip to enhance its shape and appearance can benefit from this procedure.

When you consult with Dr. Kristopher M. Day, our double board-certified plastic surgeon, he will discuss your aesthetic goals and determine if a Lip Flip is the right procedure for you. He will provide personalized advice based on your unique facial structure, skin condition, and desired outcome.

Benefits of a Lip Flip Procedure

A lip flip procedure is a cosmetic enhancement technique that involves injecting a small amount of botulinum toxin (commonly known by brand names like Botox) into the muscles around the upper lip. This relaxes the muscles, causing the lip to curl outward or "flip," which can give the appearance of a fuller lip without adding volume. Here are three benefits of a lip flip procedure:

What to Expect
During Your Lip Flip Procedure?

During your Lip Flip procedure with Dr. Kristopher M. Day at Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery in Bellevue, Washington, you’ll experience a quick and straightforward process focused on enhancing the appearance of your upper lip. In the comfortable and well-equipped clinic, Dr. Day will administer a series of small injections around the upper lip area. This minimally invasive technique involves using a fine needle to deliver a precise amount of Botox or a similar neuromodulator to relax the muscles, subtly elevating the lip to create a fuller look. The procedure itself takes just a few minutes, with patients typically feeling only a slight pinch at the injection sites. Dr. Day’s expertise ensures the entire process is conducted with the highest standards of safety and patient comfort in mind.

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Recovering From a Lip FLip Procedure

Recovering from a Lip Flip procedure with Dr. Kristopher M. Day is generally quick, with most patients experiencing minimal downtime. After the treatment, it’s common to see slight redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites, but these symptoms typically fade within a few days. Dr. Day advises avoiding strenuous activities, excessive heat, and sun exposure for the first 24 to 48 hours to help reduce swelling and bruising. It’s also important to keep the treated area untouched and upright for a few hours post-procedure to ensure optimal results.

The effects of the Lip Flip start to appear within a few days, with full results visible after about a week, leading to a subtly enhanced upper lip. The outcome lasts around 3-4 months, and follow-up treatments with Dr. Day can maintain the look. Keeping scheduled follow-up visits allows Dr. Day to monitor your progress and tailor future treatments, ensuring a smooth recovery and satisfying results.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Flips

A lip flip is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses a small amount of botulinum toxin to relax the muscles around the upper lip. This causes the lip to roll slightly outward, making it appear fuller.

While both procedures aim to enhance the appearance of the lips, a lip flip uses botulinum toxin to relax the muscles and flip the lip outward without adding volume. Lip fillers, on the other hand, involve injecting substances (like hyaluronic acid) directly into the lips to add volume.

Good candidates are those looking for a subtle enhancement of their lip's appearance without the added volume of fillers. It's ideal for individuals with a gummy smile or those who want to achieve a fuller look with minimal intervention.

The procedure is quick and usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes. The provider will inject a small amount of botulinum toxin into the orbicularis oris muscle at specific points around the mouth.

Patients may experience a quick pinch or discomfort during the injection, but the procedure is relatively painless. Some practitioners may apply a topical numbing cream to minimize discomfort.

There's minimal to no downtime required after a lip flip procedure. Patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately, though they may be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for a short period.

The effects of a lip flip typically last between 2 to 4 months. The duration can vary based on the individual's metabolism and how quickly their body breaks down the botulinum toxin.

Common side effects include bruising, swelling, and redness at the injection site, which typically subside within a few days. In rare cases, there might be asymmetry, difficulty in speaking or moving the lips, which usually resolves as the toxin wears off.