As we age, our faces begin to lose volume – leading to the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles. This includes our lips. Lips start to lose definition, look less plump, and fine lines around our mouths start to form. Two popular treatments to help restore youthfulness back into our lips are Lip Filler, and the Lip Flip. But how do you know which treatment is right for you? Check out our breakdown below.
Fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane work to treat these fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume in the face. Both Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid fillers, which is a naturally occurring molecule found in our bodies. HA (hyaluronic acid) helps to restore moisture and volume to the skin. When filler is injected directly to the lips and Vermillion border, it creates volume and brings back definition, leading to a fuller, poutier lip while still producing a soft, natural appearance.
Alternatively, a new popular cosmetic treatment for the lips is the Lip Flip. The Lip Flip uses Botox or Dysport – which are neuromodulators (yes – the same Botox you get in your forehead!), to relax the orbicularis muscle in the top lip. By injecting Botox or Dysport in this muscle, the top lip is encouraged to relax and ‘flip’ outwards to give the illusion of a subtle, fuller lip. It is a popular choice for those wanting to correct a gummy smile, or for someone who doesn’t want to add volume.
It is important to note that the Lip Flip treatment is considered ‘off-label’ by the FDA and should only be performed by a trusted, skilled cosmetic dermatologist or nurse injector.
Which Procedure Is Best for Me?
Whether you are looking to add volume or wanting something a more subtle approach, the best way to know which lip procedure is right for you is by consulting with your trusted cosmetic provider. The cosmetic providers at Anne Arundel Dermatology and our affiliate offices have extensive training in injecting both neuromodulators and fillers and have participated in ongoing education to stay up to date on the latest safety recommendations, trends and injecting tips. Schedule your consultation with one of our trusted cosmetic providers today.