Debunking the Botox “Lip Flip” Trend: The Far Better Alternative
For even the less-avid Instagrammer, there is an emerging trend that is appearing through filtered pictures everywhere: The Insta-Pout. Kylie Jenner is the queen of the perfect lips, as well as the champion of using fillers to get them. Manufacturers noticed the thousands of women flocking to plastic surgeons and clamoring for the same plumping for their pouts, and knew they needed to come up for yet another product for this market.
But they realized they didn’t need to create an all-new product; they could simply spin one of the most popular procedures, Botox, and this is how the Botox lip flip was created. While the Botox lip flip is a potential option for clients wanting to enhance their lips, there are several other alternatives that may be far more effective at producing the long-lasting plumpness that is envisioned.
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Wait-You Can Use Botox On Lips?
You may be thinking, “Last time I checked, Botox was for wrinkles, not for lips!”, and you’re not wrong. However, as the tide of women seeking to add volume to their lips rose, the Botox Lip Flip appeared as a contender on the lip filler market. The Botox lip flip works by strategically injecting Botox into sections of the superficial muscles around the upper and/or lower lips, depending on which lip is being targeted. This causes the muscles to lose tension, which in turn, moves the lips to flip outwards.
Because Botox works by blocking nerve signals to muscles, if too much Botox is injected into the muscles surrounding the lips, this reduces muscular control, and by extension, lip movement. This means that only small amounts of Botox are able to be used effectively, which leads to a shorter time in between sessions.
Can Botox Add Volume to Lips?
Because the Botox Lip Flip does exactly what it’s name says: it flips the lips outward, it does not actually add volume to your lips like other cosmetic fillers do, and this is definitely something to take into account. It will produce a more subtle poutiness to the top lip, with a less defined border of the lips, and possibly less muscle movement.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm Volbella is one of the most effective cosmetic fillers on the market today that is able to add plumpness to your pout without any of the undesired side effects of Botox. Juvederm is a gel containing hyaluronic acid, that is injected into the lips. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs organically in the body that has a firming, cushioning effect on the skin and tissues around it.
Juvederm Volbella typically lasts up to 12 months, and adds significant volume and definition to your lips. There are several different treatment options, including Juvederm Ultra XC. Juvederm Ultra XC produces a more dramatically full lip, while Volbella will have a more subtle effect on your pout.
How Do I Know Which Lip Enhancement Option is Best For Me?
If you are unsure of which injectable filler is the best option to bring you to your vision of Insta-worthy lips, it may be helpful to sit down for an initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. He or she will carefully listen to the results that you are envisioning, examine your current lip situation, and recommend the best course of action. We recommend Juvederm Volbella over Botox every day of the week.
Time to Plump That Pout!
If you are fond of your ability to smile and drink with straws, then a Botox lip flip may not be the best option for you. Juvederm lip fillers are far more effective for adding long lasting volume without any of the undesirable side-effects, and are able to be tailored to help you achieve the look you are aiming for, whether dramatic or understated! Reach out to a physician you trust, and begin your lip plumping journey today!