Lip Enhancement: Lip Augmentation vs. Lip Flip

MI Skin Dermatology Center: Melda Isaac, MD

Lip enhancement at our Washington, D.C., practice is more popular than ever. But not all lip injections are the same. Lip augmentation uses fillers such as JUVÉDERM® to plump lips that have thinned with age, add volume to naturally thin lip augmentation with fillerslips, or reshape lips into a more pleasing appearance. Lip flip treatments involve strategic injections of BOTOX®.

Lip Augmentation vs. Lip Flip

Lip augmentation refers to both surgical and non-surgical techniques that add volume to the lips. However, non-surgical augmentation using dermal fillers can have many benefits over surgical lip implants. Some of these benefits are:

  • Non-invasive lip augmentation is not permanent. If you don’t like the results, they can be dissolved and your lips returned to their normal state.
  • Dermal filler procedures require no downtime and involve little to no side effects. You may experience some swelling or bruising around the injection site following the procedure, but this is short-lived and often goes away in a matter of days.
  • The injection process itself is a short and virtually painless procedure. Non-surgical lip augmentation often takes less than half an hour and requires no anesthesia unless a topical numbing cream is requested. It’s important to choose a reputable and skilled injector such as Dr. Isaac who uses high-quality fillers and extremely thin needles and knows the facial anatomy well enough to minimize the number of injections needed, thus making the procedure as painless and comfortable as possible.

Using dermal fillers such as Restylane® or Belotero® for lip augmentation can also be done as a trial run before committing to a more permanent surgical procedure. Although, many people prefer to simply renew the fillers rather than go through surgery.

Which Filler Is Best for Lip Augmentation?

Restylane, Belotero, and Juvederm are generally considered the fillers of choice for lip augmentation. Each of these has been FDA-approved for use on the lips and has proven, demonstrated results.Teoxane RHA 2 filler, a relatively recent advancement in fillers, is designed to stretch and move with your face, so it’s often preferred by patients who want natural-looking lips.

Which filler is best for you will be decided during your consultation with Dr. Isaac, where she will match a filler to your request in order to achieve the best results for you. Each person’s lips are different and require a different approach in order to make sure that the results look good and are what the patient wanted. 

What Is a Lip Flip?

A lip flip is a popular procedure that makes your lips look fuller without increasing the volume of your lips. But instead of using fillers, a lip flip involves BOTOX injections. By precisely injecting just a few units of BOTOX into the upper lip muscle, the lip relaxes and “flips” to expose more of the lip. This creates the appearance of a fuller, but natural-looking, upper lip.

We can even combine a bit of filler with BOTOX injections for customized lip enhancement procedures at our DC dermatology practice.

Dr. Isaac has had years of experience performing lip injections and is considered an expert in this field. She assesses your situation and determines the best way to achieve optimal results.

Lip augmentation and a lip flip can restore youth to aging lips, thus taking years off the entire face, and it can plump thin lips, bringing confidence back and revitalizing the face. The lips can even be reshaped, creating a fuller bottom lip or a more pronounced cupid’s bow. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and create a treatment plan to produce the results you want.

Schedule a Lip Injection Consultation Today

If your lips are in need of a makeover, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Isaac at MI Skin Dermatology Center. To learn more and schedule your lip augmentation consultation at our Washington, DC, practice, call 202.393.SKIN or use our online form to request a consultation!

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