Lip filler and lip flips are all the rage right now. But what’s the difference between the two? And which one is right for you?

In this article, we will explore the key differences between these two aesthetic treatments so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you. We’ll look at the pros and cons of each treatment so you can feel confident before going under the needle.

The Key Differences Between a Lip Flip and Lip Filler

A lip flip procedure is done with Botox, while lip filler is done with a dermal filler such as hyaluronic acid (e.g., Juvederm). Both procedures can give you fuller-looking lips. But there are some key differences that you should be aware of before making a decision.

The main difference is in the results. A lip flip will make your lips look fuller without adding additional volume. The result is a subtle enhancement that will last around three months. Lip filler adds volume to your lips and smooths out the lines on your lips. The result is a more dramatic enhancement that can last up to a year. 

Another key difference is the way the procedures are performed. A lip flip is a quick, minimally-invasive procedure that can be done in just a few minutes. Botox is injected into the lip line of the top lip (orbicularis oris muscle), causing the lip to flip upwards and appear fuller. This is an excellent treatment if you have a gummy smile as it reduces the amount your lip moves when you smile, resulting in less gum showing. 

Lip filler, on the other hand, is a bit more involved. The doctor will use a needle to inject the filler into all areas of your lips. A numbing cream is applied to the lips before the injections, but it can still be a bit uncomfortable. You may experience swelling and bruising after the procedure.

So, which is right for you? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each procedure to help you decide. 

Pros and Cons of a Lip Flip Treatment


  • A quick and easy procedure with no downtime. You can do it during your lunch break and carry on with your day.
  • Since it only requires 4-6 units of Botox, it’s relatively inexpensive, so it’s a great option if you’re on a budget.
  • It gives you a temporary result, so you can try it without making a long-term commitment.
  • It’s a subtle change that enhances the natural shape of your lips.  
  • Lasts up to three months.


  • Like all Botox treatments, the results are only temporary.
  • Results are not immediate. Botox takes up to 14 days to take effect. 
  • It’s not suitable for everyone. If you have very thin lips, for example, then a lip flip may not give you the results you’re looking for.
  • It takes time to adjust to the feeling of Botox around the mouth. Some people find that their lips feel a bit stiff and unnatural after the treatment.

Pros and Cons of Lip Filler Treatment


  • It gives you a more long-lasting result than a lip flip.
  • It can give you a more dramatic transformation, so it’s great if you’re looking for a significant change.
  • It’s a versatile treatment; you can have as much or as little injected as you want to tailor the results to your desired look. 


  • It’s a more expensive treatment option.
  • It’s more invasive. You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, and you may also experience swelling and bruising after the treatment.
  • It’s a long-term commitment. Depending on the type of filler used, the treatment is not reversible. Only hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero are reversible. 

The End Result

A lip flip is a perfect option if you’re looking for a subtle change to your smile but aren’t ready to commit to filler. It’s a quick, easy way to get fuller-looking lips without breaking the bank. 

However, if you’re looking for a more significant change, then lip filler is the way to go. It will give you longer-lasting results and a more dramatic transformation. So if you’re ready to take the plunge, lip filler is the treatment for you. 

Still not sure which is right for you? Schedule a consultation to discuss your options and determine which treatment is best for you. Call (256) 722-0555 or complete the online booking form.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you look and feel your best