Achieve Your Dream Lips: An Expert Guide to Lip Flip vs Filler

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Discover Which Lip Enhancement Option is Right For You With Bellava MedAesthetics

Luscious, plump lips have long been a symbol of youth and beauty. But over time, our lips lose volume and definition due to natural aging and genetics. 

Luckily, modern cosmetic procedures like lip flips and fillers can restore your lips’ natural fullness or enhance them beyond what nature gave you. But with both options available, how do you choose the right treatment?

At Bellava MedAesthetics, we specialize in bespoke facial rejuvenation, including lip enhancements tailored to your unique cosmetic goals and concerns. 

In this comprehensive guide, we break down everything you need to know about lip flip vs filler, from how each procedure works to ideal candidates. Read on for an in-depth look at your options.

Addressing Common Lip Concerns

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The lips and area around the mouth can show signs of aging and genetic factors. Lip flip and filler injections aim to address issues like:

Loss of Volume and Thinning

As we age, the lips progressively lose their plump, youthful fullness, becoming thinner and flatter. This gradual loss of lip volume gives the mouth an aged, sunken-in look.

Wrinkles and Fine Lines

The delicate skin surrounding the lips is prone to wrinkles and fine lines as we get older. Crow’s feet, smokers lines, and other wrinkles around the mouth become increasingly visible, marring the smooth, flawless lip contour of youth.


With maturity, the lips may develop asymmetry, with one lip noticeably larger or a different shape than the other. Sometimes genetics plays a role, resulting in uneven, lopsided lips that can detract from a balanced facial appearance.

Downturned Corners

Over time, some individuals develop hardened frown lines and pronounced downturned corners of the mouth. This gives the lower face a sad, gloomy appearance, even at rest. A perpetual frown creates an undesirably sullen look.

Lack of Definition

As we mature, the crisp, well-defined outline of the lips can gradually blur, losing edge clarity. The vibrant vermilion border that once sharply framed the lips becomes indistinct. This imparts older, tired-looking lips.

Achieve your desired lip enhancement with Bellava MedAesthetics – book a consultation today to explore which option suits you best!

What is the Difference Between Lip Flip and Lip Filler?

The main difference between a lip flip and filler comes down to mechanics. A lip flip uses Botox injections to enhance the upper lip only by modifying muscle movement. Lip fillers involve injecting dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane to plump both lips.

Beyond their mechanics, lip flips and lip fillers have a few key differences:

AreasLip FlipLip Fillers
ResultsA lip flip subtly lifts and enhances the edges of the upper lip. It creates a fuller look of the upper lip without obvious augmentation. It does not significantly increase lip size or volume.Lip fillers significantly increase fullness and volume of both upper and lower lips. They create plumper, smoother lips. They can enhance the shape and definition of lip borders. They provide dramatic augmentation and size increase.
DurationA lip flip lasts 2-3 months as the muscles regain movement.Lip fillers results can last from 6 months to a year.
Number of InjectionsA lip flip generally requires less injections.Lip fillers involve multiple injection sites to enhance shape and fullness.
Discomfort LevelBotox injections for a lip flip tend to hurt less than dermal filler injections.You may feel more discomfort with dermal filler injections compared to botox injections.

How Does a Lip Flip Work?

A lip flip relies on carefully placed Botox injections to relax the small orbicularis oris muscles around the mouth. This prevents them from pulling down on the upper lip, causing it to flip up and out for a fuller look. The results are subtle but can balance out a thinner upper lip or create a more pronounced pout.

How Do Lip Fillers Work?

Lip fillers add volume to both the upper and lower lips through injections of dermal filler gel. The filler hydrates the lips while adding structure, contour, and desirable projection. The results can range from a natural looking enhancement to a dramatic increase in lip size and definition.

While a lip flip only affects muscle movement, lip fillers enable you to directly amplify lip volume and shape. This allows for more significant enhancement if desired.

What to Expect During Your Lip Procedures

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Knowing the process for your treatment will help you feel at ease and prepared on the day of your appointment:

The steps for getting lip flips and lip fillers are generally similar, though there are some key differences to note:


For both procedures, you’ll meet with our expert injectors for a consultation to discuss your goals and determine the right treatment plan. They will evaluate your lips and facial anatomy.


A topical numbing cream is applied to the lips about 30 minutes prior to minimize discomfort during the injections.


Thin needles are used to carefully inject dermal fillers or Botox into and around the lips. However, the specific injection approach and product used will vary.


A lip flip takes 15-30 minutes to inject small amounts of Botox. Lip fillers take about 60 minutes to inject hyaluronic acid filler more extensively into the lips and philtrum.


Expect some swelling, redness, and tenderness after both procedures. Lip flips have a quicker recovery with less initial swelling. Fillers involve more swelling and downtime.


Additional appointments may be scheduled to maintain results, typically around 6 months for lip fillers and 3-4 months for lip flips.

Prepare for beautiful lips with Bellava MedAesthetics – schedule your consultation today for a seamless treatment experience!

Can I Get a Lip Flip and Lip Filler Together?

You can absolutely receive lip flip and filler injections during the same appointment. This dual approach allows you to augment and shape the lips for optimal enhancement.

The Botox lip flip boosts the upper lip’s natural volume while preventing the filler from wearing off too quickly. The injections can also balance each other for symmetrical, proportionate results.

Combining the two treatments produces complete lip enhancement for many patients. Our expert injectors will help determine if a lip flip plus fillers suits your particular cosmetic goals.

Caring for Your Lips After Treatment

Proper aftercare is crucial for quick healing, minimizing side effects, and achieving beautiful, natural-looking results that last. Follow these tips:

  1. Apply cold compresses to your lips for 10-15 minutes a few times a day to reduce swelling and discomfort. Frozen peas wrapped in a soft towel work well.
  2. Avoid strenuous exercises like running or weightlifting for at least 24 hours. The increased blood flow can worsen swelling. Gentle activities like walking are fine.
  3. Try not to use your facial muscles too much for the first 2-3 days. Limit excessive smiling, puckering, or pouting, as this can disturb the injected filler.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and use lip balm frequently to keep your lips moisturized. Opt for soothing, nourishing products free of irritants like menthol or camphor. A lip mask can deeply condition lips overnight.
  5. Use over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed by our experts if you experience tenderness. Avoid aspirin, which can increase bruising.
  6. Avoid direct sunlight on your lips until any redness or swelling subsides. Wear SPF 30+ lip balm before sun exposure.
  7. Return for any follow-up or touch-up appointments our provider recommends. This can be a 2-week follow-up to check your results and determine if any additional filler is needed to perfect your pout.

Call us right away if you experience excessive swelling, pain, redness, hardness, or anything that seems abnormal. Report any signs of infection immediately.

What Are the Risks of Lip Flip and Lip Filler?

While generally safe in skilled hands, it’s important to consider the potential risks:

Lip Flip RisksLip Filler Risks
Temporary swelling, bruising, redness around injection sitesSwelling, lumpiness, bruising if filler is improperly placed
Drooling, speech or drinking issues for 2-3 daysUneven or unnatural looking results with excessive filler
Asymmetrical or imbalanced results if Botox is over-injectedPotential allergic reaction to injectable hyaluronic acid
Rare risk of drooping if the wrong muscles are injectedFiller migration over time

Always consult with our experienced, board-certified providers to minimize risks. Proper injection technique provides natural looking, symmetrical outcomes.

Trust the experts at Bellava MedAesthetics for safe and effective lip enhancement – schedule your consultation today!

Who is a Good Candidate for a Lip Flip or Filler?

The ideal candidate depends on your specific lip concerns, treatment goals, and tolerance for procedures:

Good Lip Flip Candidates

  • Those seeking subtle lip definition and volume boost focused on the upper lip
  • Individuals with mild asymmetry looking to balance uneven lips
  • People wanting minor enhancement without drastic changes
  • Those who prefer non-invasive procedures with less downtime

Good Lip Filler Candidates

  • Those desiring significant lip augmentation and reshaping
  • People seeking to plump both the upper and lower lips
  • Individuals with deep lip lines or volume loss due to aging
  • Patients wanting longer-lasting, dramatic enhancements
  • Those open to a multi-step procedure with extended recovery

During your consultation at Bellava MedAesthetics, we will thoroughly assess your lips and goals to determine which treatment option is right for you. Many patients choose a combined approach for complete enhancement.

Schedule Your Lip Enhancement Consultation

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Are you ready to achieve the lips you’ve always wanted? Contact Bellava MedAesthetics today to schedule your private consultation.

Our board-certified providers will walk you through options like Botox lip flips, Juvederm fillers, and combination treatments. We’ll craft a personalized enhancement plan catered to your cosmetic goals, anatomy, and tolerance.

From subtle touches to total transformations, we’ll help you get the sensuous, youthful lips you desire. Call or visit our website now to schedule your appointment!

To schedule your lip enhancement consultation or learn more about our services, call Bellava MedAesthetics today at (914) 809-9693. Discover the transformative power of lip treatments designed just for you.

Nick Adams


About Nick Adams

Owner/CFO/CMO Nick Adams oversees both the financial and marketing actions along with the day-to-day operations at Bellava MedAesthetics & Plastic Surgery Center. He is passionate about the aesthetics and plastic surgery industry and is committed to helping Bellava’s clients look and feel their best.

A seasoned medspa owner, Nick entered the business when he, along with his wife Dr. Donna D’Alessio, founded the highly regarded Bellava MedSpa & Pain Center in Bellava, New Jersey. At Bellava, Nick spearheaded all of the business strategies and marketing solutions. He brings to Bellava a keen understanding of what makes for an outstanding Medspa experience. First and foremost, this includes a top-notch medical and aesthetics team who place a strong emphasis on customized patient care.

Nick attended the University of New Hampshire as an undergraduate and the MBA program at NYU’s Stern School of Business where he majored in Accounting and Finance. He spent the early part of his career as CFO for prestigious New York City law firms, including Cohen Robin Stine Schumann, LLP and Fabiani Cohen & Hall, LLP. Additionally, Nick is active in fundraising for the University of Miami athletic program.

In his spare time, Nick enjoys softball, boating, and spending time with his wife and twin girls.

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