Lip Flip vs. Filler: Which is Right for You?

Ever since movie star Marilyn Monroe stepped onto the scene with her sensual, full lips, the look has become a sought-after beauty goal for many women. More recently, reality star and business mogul Kylie Jenner has popularized enhancing your natural lips through cosmetic treatment and has even raved about the additional confidence it has given her. If you are unhappy with the thinness of your lips, now is the time to achieve the plump pout you’ve always wanted!

Here at AquaVitae, we offer two different non-invasive procedures to enhance your lips – a lip flip and lip filler. So which option is best? Overall, it depends on your natural lip anatomy, ideal lip shape, level of fullness, and desired amount of upkeep. 

Learn more about both the lip flip vs. lip filler to decide which treatment is right for you. 

What is a Lip Flip?

Is your top lip less full than your bottom lip? Or does it almost disappear when smiling, leaving you with a “gummy smile”? If these are your concerns, then you may be a good candidate for a lip flip! This cosmetic procedure involves injecting Botox into the cupid’s bow of your upper lip and the corners of your mouth, thus interrupting the nerve impulses. This allows the upper lip to “flip” upward and outward, creating the appearance of plumper, fuller lips.  

What to Expect When Receiving a Lip Flip

You can feel confident when receiving Botox since it has been widely researched and the safety of the treatment has been studied in 528 peer-reviewed articles in scientific and medical journals. The injections are quick to administer, and only take about 10 minutes, and have minimal downtime. 

You will begin seeing results in 24-48 hours, with the effects lasting about 8-12 weeks. The cost of the injections depends on the dose of treatment needed, which will be determined based on your natural lips and your desired goal. It is important to note that this method gives the appearance of larger, fuller lips, however, it does not actually increase their volume. 

Looking for a longer-lasting solution that will increase the volume of your lips? Then lip filler may be a better solution for you!

What is Lip Filler?  

Here at AquaVitae, we use Restylane or Juvederm to achieve natural-looking lip volume and fill in lines around the mouth, resulting in a smooth appearance as seen below. Both of these fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which is found naturally in our bodies, so you can be confident that your body will tolerate it well. Both Restylane Kysse and Juvederm Volbella XC last up to 12 months — much longer than other dermal fillers available today. 

What to Expect When Receiving Lip Filler

The amount of filler used depends on the current look and shape of your lips, as well as the amount of volume you desire to achieve. It is always helpful to bring a photo of your desired look so that your provider is able to inject the right amount of filler. 

In addition to utilizing super-fine needles, the treatment is formulated with an innovative technology that reduces swelling and bruising significantly.  Because it contains Lidocaine, a pain-killing aesthetic, this quick and non-invasive procedure is relatively pain-free. 

Results can be noticed immediately after injections, although some swelling may occur so it is important to wait a few days in order to see the final look. 

Comparing the Lip Flip vs. Filler

Now that we know what each procedure involves and what to expect during the injections, you may be wondering which is better when it comes to a lip flip vs. filler. Compare your end goal and desired upkeep with the list below to gain more insight into which enhancement is right for you! 

Lip Flip

  • Botox is injected
  • Lasts 8-12 weeks 
  • Enhances appearance of upper lip
  • Control over lip shape
  • Cheaper upfront 

Lip Filler

  • Juvederm is injected
  • Lasts up to a year 
  • Increases volume of lips 
  • Control over lip volume
  • May be cheaper in the long run

Combining the Lip Flip and Lip Filler 

The two procedures can also be used in conjunction for optimal results. If you’re looking for both added volume, as well as control over the shape of your lips, then a combination of the two may be best to achieve your desired end result. The lip flip will define your cupid’s bow and provide your desired shape, while the lip filler will add volume and plump the lips. 

The Bottom Line on a Lip Flip vs. Filler

Whether you choose to go with a lip flip vs. lip filler  (or both!) is completely up to you and your ideal lips! If you already have a decent amount of volume to your lips and are simply looking to enhance their natural appearance, then a lip flip may be right up your alley! If you’re looking for larger lips with additional volume and a longer-lasting solution, then lip filler may be what you’re looking for. 

Still unsure which lip augmentation treatment is right for you, or have questions about either of the injections? Contact us to meet with one of our medical professionals to go over both options, and decide on the right treatment for your goals and lips. Everyone deserves to feel confident, and we can’t wait to help you achieve the luscious, movie-star lips you’ve always wanted! 


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