I’ve been obsessed with beauty and cosmetics for as long as I can remember. Because I grew up in a time and a town where Ulta and Sephora didn’t exist, and long before beauty bloggers and YouTubers were a thing, I was often left to my own devices when it came to getting ~glam.~ Always a self-care maven, I routinely made DIY lip scrubs, face masks, teeth whiteners and exfoliators from whatever my mom had on hand in the kitchen. I even used to use Elmers Glue instead of Biore strips. I am nothing if not resourceful. (And I know that my aesthetician is going to cringe if she reads this).
IT’S NOT JUST MAKEUP, KYLIE
Not surprisingly, in addition to wanting clear skin and white teeth, I also wanted bigger lips. That’s right, I wanted bigger lips long before Kylie Jenner started lying about overlining hers. At the time, I was naively unaware that people used fillers to enhance their looks and were not, in fact, just naturally blessed with perfectly proportional, beautifully pouty lips. For years, I tried everything I could think of to get bigger lips, including the cult-favorite Too Faced lip plumper, the OG DuWop Lip Venom, and my own homemade concoction that I made with a mix of cayenne pepper and Vaseline.
Fast forward 10-15 years and now everyone—myself included—knows that injectables are the reason that everyone looks so good. If you don’t spend your free time looking at before and afters on Instagram, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but celebrity transformations are not just the result of good lighting, Photoshop, makeup or puberty. It’s filler and neurotoxin and we all know it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but just call a spade a spade. As I like to remind myself: you’re not ugly, just poor.
THE LIP FLIP
I went back and forth on the idea of getting lip filler for a long time—and then I learned about this magical alternative called the lip flip that uses Botox instead of filler to give the lips a more full look and I was all in.
Lip augmentation is normally done using a hyaluronic acid-based filler, like Juvederm or Restalyn. During a lip flip, Botox is strategically placed into the orbicularis oristo muscle to paralyze it, subtly flipping the lip outward and making it appear fuller than it is.
I had no idea what to expect. I’ve always heard that lip filler is quite painful, but Lisa did such a great job of explaining the process to me that I didn’t feel nervous at all. As a side note, Lisa has been a nurse injector for over 18 years. She is kind and hilarious and I can’t recommend her enough.
Lisa had me sit in the chair and make a kissy face. Once my lips were puckered, she marked the two spots on my top lip where she would be injecting me with Botox.
She had me keep my lips puckered as she injected the muscle. I felt a quick poke as she made each injection, but it wasn’t awful and it was over within a matter of seconds. All in all, the process took maybe 3 minutes. If you’re interested, you can watch a video of the entire experience here or on their Facebook page.
Like any procedure using Botox, it takes 14 days to see the full effects of the neurotoxin. That being said, within two or three days, I was already noticing a subtle change. I noticed the most when I would smile. Previously, when I would smile my top lip would entirely disappear. Now, when I smile I still have two lips! Check out my before and after.
As the Botox starts to kick in and the muscle becomes paralyzed, you’ll notice your lip starts to feel a little funny. I first noticed it was kicking in when I was trying to eat some a bowl of cereal, and realized eating from a spoon felt funny. It doesn’t hurt or limit what I can or can’t do at all and I’ve had it done twice now, so it clearly doesn’t bother me!
I love my lip flip. It was quick, easy and relatively painless. This is easily something you could do over your lunch breaks and the results last somewhere between 4-6 months. The cost will vary person-to-person, depending on how much Botox you need, so you’ll need an in-person consultation to say for sure, but I would guess the price would be somewhere between $50-$100.
I got a Botox lip flip done by Lisa at Aesthetics Med Spa and now my lips look even more fabulous than they did before.