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The Difference Between Lip Injections and Lip Fillers

Updated: Apr 1

Lip augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures to improve the size and volume of your lips. They are often a viable solution for many women because: 


  • Genetics may have prevented you from having plump, luscious lips.

  • The development of aging wrinkles around the mouth area, or thinning lips with age.

The Different Types of Lip Augmentation

Augmentation of the lips can enhance your appearance, regardless of whether you want to increase their size or reverse visible aging effects. Before deciding which treatment is best for you, basic knowledge about the difference between lip flips, lip injections and lip fillers is essential—read on to learn more!

1. What Are Lip Flips?

A lip flip is a non-surgical procedure that makes your lips look fuller without adding volume. During your appointment, your nurse practitioner will inject botulinum toxin (Botox® or Dysport®) into the corners and edges of your upper lip. It works by relaxing the muscles, causing your lip to 'flip' upwards for a poutier, fuller appearance. In comparison to lip fillers, lip flips provide a more natural look.

Lip flips are a quick, minimally-invasive procedure. They can be done in a few minutes with no discomfort. This non-surgical lip enhancement is ideal for those with gummy smiles. The injection prevents your upper lip from curling upward when you smile, resulting in less gum showing.

​2. Lip Fillers (or Lip Injections)

The lips and the area around your mouth can be treated with different types of dermal fillers. Getting a Lip Filler treatment is an excellent choice for adding volume to lips, while a Botox® lip injection is helpful for those with thinner lips.

Hyaluronic Acid: A Natural Substance

Today, hyaluronic acid-related fillers are the most common. Hyaluronic acid is already naturally produced in the human body and plays a crucial role in the health of your eyes, skin, and joints by providing lubricant or a cushion for tissue. 

When injected into the lip, hyaluronic acid helps increase the volume with a healthier, more “plump” appearance.

What Are Lip Fillers or Lip Injections?

Lip fillers, otherwise known as lip injections, involve injecting filler substances to stimulate natural-looking enhancements into your lips. Those with thin lips or a “gummy smile” can benefit from a Botox® lip injection to achieve a naturally enhanced lip without adding volume.

Key Differences

You can achieve plumper, fuller lips with a lip filler or lip flip. But which treatment option is right for you? We've listed a few key differences below to help you decide.

Lip Fillers

  • Adds volume by injecting dermal fillers into different parts of your lips.

  • Lip volume, shape, and projection are visibly  altered.

  • Results can last 6 months to 1 year.

  • Side effects can range from tenderness to swelling and bruising.

  • Lip fillers are more expensive than lip flips. 

  • To meet your vision of perfect lips, nurse practitioners can adjust the amount of gel injected.

Lip Flips

  • Relaxes the upper lip by injecting Botox® into the area..

  • Enhances the natural appearance of your lips.

  • Results last between 6-8weeks and are temporary.

  • The procedure is quick and easy, and there is no need for recovery time.

  • It uses 4–6 units of Botox, making it less expensive than lip fillers.

  • It takes up to a week for results to show.

When choosing a provider for lip filler or lip flip treatment near you, it is important to select a professional using high-quality fillers with extensive, proven experience.

Lip Fillers & Injections in Stouffville

At Seamless Health, just outside of Toronto, a Nurse Practitioner or specially-trained healthcare professionals can provide quality lip assessment and services.

Whether you are interested in a lip flip ,lip fillers or other methods of enhancing your overall look, book an appointment online, or call 416-639-8791 to discuss the right treatment option for you!

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