Lip Filler vs Lip Flip: What’s The Difference And Which Is Better?
Lip flip treatment and lip filler are incredibly popular right now, and I understand why! I have had both done myself and love them for different reasons. I also have worked in an office with filler and botox products, so my information is backed by experience! Lip flips and lip filler have a similar goal but a different process. The results aren’t the same, so let’s discuss the difference.
First, it’s important to know that the product used for each is different. Lip flips are created using botox while lip filler is a filler (also known as a hyaluronic acid filler).
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What Is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved injection. The medical definition of Botox is: “a drug prepared from the bacterial toxin botulin, used medically to treat certain muscular conditions and cosmetically to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the face muscles.”
In lay terms, this means Botox relaxes our active facial muscles responsible for most expressions. Think about every time you’re excited, laughing, or showing emotions on your face. These muscles that help us express our emotions begin to leave fine lines and wrinkles over time.
When injected for a lip flip, Botox relaxes the muscle that causes what’s known as a “gummy smile” and result in a pouty lip appearance.
Botox Cosmetic also has excellent information to clarify what Botox is!
What Is Filler?
Filler is an injection that brings volume to different areas of the face. Juvéderm is the #1 most popular filler brand. Juvéderm is made by Allergan, the same creators of Botox. Think of filler and Juvéderm as one and the same.
The medical definition of filler is a gel injection that contains Hyaluronic Acid, or HA, which is a naturally occurring substance that delivers volume to the skin (source: Juvéderm).
In layman’s terms, filler helps improve signs of aging related to volume loss and adds fullness to desired areas. As we get older, we inevitably lose a lot of volume in different areas of our face, and filler can help restore it non-surgically.
Which is Better?
Physically, lip filler will always give a more dramatic result! If you aren’t sure you’re ready to commit to lip filler, a lip flip is a great place to start. Lip flips are less expensive and the result is subtle. On average, lip flips only last around 8 weeks.
With that being said, lip filler lasts at least three times as long (could be even more depending on the lip filler chosen) as lip flips. Lip filler can last between 6-18 months.
What About Recovery For A Lip Flip Or Lip Filler?
Swelling and bruising can happen after both treatments! To avoid bruising and swelling, I take these homeopathic tabs that reduce pain and bruising that I purchased from my clinic! They help a ton and I recommend them to anyone who is getting injections. I dissolve three under my tongue three times a day after being injected.
How Much Does A Lip Flip Cost?
Treatment costs vary place by place, but one HUGE takeaway is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Botox with a good injector typically runs about $11-$13 per unit, and most lip flips take 4-6 units. Some clinics may have a flat rate lip flip price regardless of the units used.
How Much Does Lip Filler Cost?
The price not only includes the price of the actual product but the expertise of the injector. Facial injections, whether it’s Botox or filler, are not something to be price shopped! You definitely want someone who is experienced and less likely to botch your face, right?!
Be very wary of “cheap” filler, and again, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Pricing is based on the syringe. This means that you pay for an entire syringe of filler that is only yours. As I mentioned earlier, you definitely want to ask your practice or clinic how long they keep your syringe for. Typically, after you buy the syringe, you only have to pay a reinjection fee when you want to be reinjected.
For example, the office I go to holds filler for six months. This means that during those six months if you decide you want more of that syringe, you can come in and pay a $75 reinjection fee.
The syringe cost varies depending on the type of filler, but the national average cost for a single syringe is $620.
What If I Hate Lip Flip Results?
If two weeks have passed and you hate your filler results, unfortunately, there is no way to reverse botox injections. The good news is your lip flip will really only last about 8 weeks, and once it wears off it’s done. The bad news is you will just have to deal with it for those 8 weeks.
What If I Hate My Lip Filler Results?
If two weeks have passed and you hate your filler results, it’s time to schedule a follow-up appointment with your injector to discuss your options.
Some issues can be resolved by adding filler to specific spots if you feel you look uneven. Other issues can be resolved by dissolving the filler. Your injector will be honest and tell you what is best for you and remember that a bad result doesn’t make an off or injector bad.
Ask your clinic if they offer complimentary consultations or consultations with same-day treatment. This way, you can get a feel for the office and injector before moving forward with any injections!
Leave me a comment of any questions you have that weren’t answered here, I’d love to be of any help I can!