Botox Lip Flip

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The lip and mouth areas are prone to sun damage and are constantly active in speech and expression. The repetition of facial animation and speech leads to the development of creases and grooves around the lips and mouth. Combine this with the natural loss of skin elasticity that occurs with aging, and it’s no wonder that the lips and mouth are often two of the first places wrinkles form.

What it is

Botox is short for Botulinum Toxin Type A, a chemical that can temporarily weaken or paralyze your muscles (Yes, it’s derived from the same neurotoxin known for causing botulism, an illness that paralyzes muscles and can be fatal). The “Botox lip flip” is a procedure done with Botox injections to make your lips appear larger.


What They Can Do


How Botox lip injections change the appearance of your lips depends on where it’s injected. For example, in the case of the “Botox lip flip,” the chemical relaxes the muscles around your lips and causes them to curl up. This can make them look larger.

Key Benefits

How Botox lip injections change the appearance of your lips depends on where it’s injected. For example, in the case of the “Botox lip flip,” the chemical relaxes the muscles around your lips and causes them to curl up. This can make them look larger.

​Solutions for


  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines

  • Thin lips

  • Lip Lines


Insurance usually won’t cover Botox or other lip injections unless it’s being used for therapeutic purposes. You should expect to pay for cosmetic treatments out of pocket.

Botox® is a temporary remedy for both the cosmetic and medical concerns you may have, however, it is a cost-effective option ranging anywhere from $100 per treatment to $1,500 per treatment. While highly effective on its own, many people combine Botox® with other treatments such as facelifts, brow lifts or other plastic surgeries to reap the most cosmetic benefit available.

Common Side Effects 

Botox and other lip injections are considered safe when performed by a licensed medical professional. All doctors are required to follow safety guidelines established by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. However, the use of botulinum toxin in the perioral area (around the lips) is still considered “off-label” by the FDA. Regardless, you may still experience mild side effects following the procedure. These typically last a couple of days and may include:

  • numbness at the injection site

  • bruising at the injection site

  • swelling, which can cause your lips to temporarily appear larger than expected

  • tenderness

  • headache

  • nausea

There are some risks specific to injections around the mouth. For example, the relaxation effect that weakens the lip muscles and reduces the appearance of wrinkles can also hinder your ability to pucker, kiss, whistle, and suck through straws. It may even affect your speech and enunciation. Some people report biting their lips inadvertently.

Rare but serious side effects are also possible if the Botox moves from the targeted muscle to other locations in your body. Seek immediate medical attention if you begin experiencing:

  • overall muscle weakness

  • difficulty breathing

  • difficulty speaking

  • difficulty swallowing

  • visual disturbances

You shouldn’t use Botox injections if you’re pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant within the next three months.

Injection Site Reactions

  • bruising

  • bleeding

  • pain

  • redness

  • swelling

  • infection


Administration of botulinum toxin with other agents (for example, aminoglycosides, curare) that affect neuromuscular function may increase the effect of botulinum toxin. There are no adequate studies of Botox in pregnant women and it has not been evaluated in nursing mothers.

Our Botox Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Recovery Expectations

The recovery time for Botox is short compared with other types of cosmetic procedures. Unless you start experiencing side effects at the healthcare provider’s office, you’re able to go home right after your injections.

Long Term Results

Botox injections are very shallow, meaning that the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin and into the target muscle, where it remains. The results of Botox will not be noticeable right away. It can take up to 3 days before you notice the maximum effects of your Botox injections. The effects of Botox last on average 4 months with a range of 3-6 months. Maintenance treatments are therefore required to maintain the look and appearance achieved from your injections. Maintenance schedules will vary depending on your specific reasons for needing Botox treatments.