Lip Enhancement

Options to achieve fuller or smoother lips

Plump, youthful lips never go out of style, but the aging process can leave them looking thin and lined. A skilled nurse injector can use one of many techniques to help you achieve smooth, voluptuous lips with a natural look.

Guide to Lip Enhancement

Lip enhancement includes a suite of procedures that add or restore volume to the lips and smooth vertical lines around the lips and mouth. While surgical procedures, such as lip implants, remain an option, a large majority of patients are increasingly using minimally invasive treatments to achieve very natural-looking results.

Why consider lip enhancement?

If you are bothered by the appearance of thin, lined or asymmetrical lips, cosmetic treatments can address your concerns and help you feel more confident in your smile. At Lake Norman Fountain of Youth we aim to:

  • Restore volume to thin or aging lips
  • Smooth vertical lip lines
  • Improve symmetry between the upper and lower lip
  • Refine the shape of thin or flat lips

Dermal Filler Injections

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm and Restylane products, are a popular non-surgical option, offering temporary lip enhancement. When administered by experienced providers at Lake Norman Fountain of Youth, dermal fillers can last 6 to 12 months and achieve soft, natural-looking results. Depending on the product, fillers can boost lip volume, enhance lip shape, and smooth vertical lip lines (perioral rhytids).

Benefits of dermal lip fillers

  • Treatments take only 15 to 30 minutes
  • A skilled nurse injector can adjust the amount of filler used to achieve results with precision
  • Little to no downtime is needed
  • Improvements are usually noticeable immediately after treatment
  • Results are final within 2 weeks
  • Side effects are typically mild and include temporary bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site. Serious complications are extremely rare when treatment is performed by a qualified provider

Considerations

  • Treatments must be repeated periodically to maintain results
  • Beautiful, natural results require a provider with immense skill and experience
  • A very small percentage of patients may be allergic to ingredients in manufactured fillers

PDO Threads

The process of PDO thread placement is straight-forward and mimics that of dermal filler injections. A topical numbing cream is first applied and the threads are then inserted just underneath the skin with a tiny needle or blunt cannula (about the size of a sewing needle). The threads themselves are slimmer than fine fishing line. The number of threads needed is determined by the area requiring correction and the amount of laxity present.  The procedure is quick (10 – 30 minutes), virtually painless and with short recovery. Outcomes last about 12 – 15 months. Results are immediate for tissue lifting.  Since collagen must be induced when using smooth threads, results for wrinkle reduction will require about six to twelve weeks to be fully appreciated.

Benefits of PDO Threads for the lips

  • Nonsurgical, safe, in-office procedure using topical or local anesthetic
  • No incision. No scars
  • Affordable
  • Immediate lifting of lip
  • Progressive restoration of collagen (neocollagenesis)
  • Improved skin quality
  • Natural-looking resultswithout the possible ‘stretched look’ of a surgical face-lift

Considerations

  • Men and women 30 – 65 years old
  • Good skin quality
  • No history of previous facial surgery

Botox “Lip Flip”

As the name implies, the Botox lip flip involves using Botox to enhance the upper lip. Just a few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

What is the Botox lip flip?

As the name implies, the Botox lip flip involves using Botox to enhance the upper lip. Just a few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

How does the lip flip work?

To perform a Botox lip flip, the nurse injectors at Lake Norman Fountain of Youth make a series of injections just above the upper lip, into the orbicularis oris muscle, which encircles the mouth. Botox temporarily relaxes the part of the muscle over the upper lip, causing the lip to roll slightly upward so it appears more voluminous and defined. This muscle relaxation can also help smooth vertical lines around the lips.

Most patients notice the effects within a few days of treatment, with full results in about one week. The effects of Botox for lips lasts up to three to four months.

Be sure to choose a qualified provider who has plenty of experience performing the Botox lip flip. Overtreating is a real risk and can limit your ability to move your lips normally. It takes a high level of skill to achieve the right effect.

Botox lip flip vs. lip fillers

The Botox lip flip isn’t a substitute for lip fillers. We perform both at Lake Norman Fountain of Youth, as we have patients who are better suited to one treatment or the other, or both. Our nurse injectors consider your natural lip anatomy, your desired outcome, and your personal preferences when deciding whether Botox, Dysport or a dermal filler, is the best lip enhancement option for you.

You likely will be happy with the Botox lip flip if: 

  • You would like a subtly more prominent “pout” to your lips
  • You feel your upper lip looks invisible when you smile
  • You want fuller-looking lips but do not want additional volume
  • You want a more temporary treatment (3-4 months)

Fillers are likely a better lip enhancement option if: 

  • You would like additional volume in the upper and/or lower lip
  • You would like to address more severe vertical lip lines
  • You would like to improve overall lip shape and symmetry
  • You want a longer-lasting lip enhancement (6-12 months)

In some cases, the best solution for a patient is to combine Botox with fillers. Using fillers to enhance lip volume and Botox to lift the upper lip slightly can achieve a beautiful effect for patients with very thin lips.

How much does the Botox lip flip cost?

The typical Botox lip flip costs $55 – $220 per treatment. It is important to keep in mind that the Botox lip flip only lasts three to four months, and you’ll need to return for treatment about two to three times as often as you would for filler injections. That said, Botox can be a very cost-effective solution for patients desiring a subtle, but meaningful improvement in lip appearance.

How can I get a natural lip flip result?

While it may sound simple to get fuller looking lips with Botox, not every injector is qualified to perform a lip flip. It takes a very high level of skill and knowledge of anatomy to achieve the right effect, so be sure you choose a highly qualified specialist at Lake Norman Fountain of Youth who has specific training and plenty of experience performing the Botox lip flip.