More people are seeking facial beauty treatments with the dawn of nonsurgical treatments and improved practices. Many people want to improve their facial contours and eliminate the appearance of aging.
But the demand for lip treatments beats those for other facial treatments. That is mainly thanks to social media and the belief that fuller lips are more aesthetically pleasing. Popular solutions to achieving fuller lips include lip flips and lip fillers. What are they, and how can you tell them apart?
A lip flip is a treatment that increases your lips’ fullness without adding volume. Your doctor injects Botox® (botulinum toxin) into the corners where your lower and upper lips meet and to your lips’ edges.
The Botox® loosens your upper lip muscles, making your lip turn upward a little (flip) and appear fuller than usual.
A lip filler increases your lips’ volume and consists of hyaluronic acid, a natural ingredient in your body. Your doctor injects artificial hyaluronic acid into any or every part of your lips. The doctor can inject it into your lips’ edges, mouth’s corners, and the middle of your upper lip.
The hyaluronic acid fills in cracks on your lip’s surface and replenishes the cells with moisture, plumping up your lips.
SO, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIP FLIP AND LIP FILLER?
A lip flip and filler work to give your lips a fuller appearance, but they differ in how they do that. A lip flip improves your upper lip to give a fuller look and add definition to your lip’s curve. A lip filler enhances both the top and bottom lips to increase their volume, shape, and projection.
The two lip treatments also use different ingredients. A lip flip uses Botox®, while a lip filler uses hyaluronic acid.
WHICH IS BETTER?
A look at the pros and cons of lip flips and fillers can help you answer that question.
PROS OF LIP FLIP
- It is a less invasive alternative for lip treatment
- It improves your lip’s natural shape without inflating its size
- It is affordable
- It requires no recovery time
CONS OF LIP FLIP
A lip flip usually lasts only three to five months, requiring constant maintenance for a lasting effect. But if you are new to a lip flip, you can rest easy knowing the procedure is short-term if you do not want to commit to it.
Also, it may take up to a week before you can see results from the treatment. Additionally, you may experience temporary swelling and numbness in the treated area.
Pros of Lip Filler
- Low risk of allergic reaction because it uses an acid that is naturally present in your body
- Immediate results
- Results can last six months to a year
- Your doctor can control how plump your lips look to meet your needs
CONS OF LIP FILLER
A lip filler is costlier than a lip flip. Also, the side effects can vary from soreness to bumps, bruising, and swelling. But these effects are usually mild and clear up within a month. So, which treatment is better for you? A consultation with your cosmetic surgeon can help you decide.