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Lip Flip in Pittsburgh, PA

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What is a Lip Flip?

A lip flip is a nonsurgical method of enhancing the cupid’s bow of the lips. Dr. Chiu injects the upper lip to create an illusion of a larger lip. The goal of a lip flip is to relax the orbicularis oris muscle. By relaxing this muscle we can reshape the appearance of the lip. The injection encourages the top lip to relax and “flip” outwards, giving the subtle illusion of a fuller upper lip. Although the procedure makes the lip look more prominent, it does not increase the size of the lips by adding volume. The lip flip will define your cupid's bow while lip filler will add actual volume to the lips. Dr. Chiu will advise you on the best protocol to achieve your desired results. The results of a lip flip are temporary, usually lasting about 3-4 months.

Ideal Candidates?

Lip flips may be particularly appealing to individuals who have “gummy smiles”. After a lip flip, less gum shows when you smile because the upper lip elevates less after the procedure.

Those who are new to getting lip injections, often enjoy the lip flip as a non permanent solution to achieving desired results. More permanent solutions can be discussed with Dr. Chiu.

What To Expect

A lip flip is usually performed on the same day as the consultation in about 15 – 30 minutes as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Chiu will clean the treatment sites before using a tiny needle to inject the lips. Most patients feel mild to no discomfort during the procedure, but local anesthesia/numbing cream can be used if the patient prefers. Temporary swelling or redness subsides within 15-20 minutes, and significant bruising is rare. Patients will be able to leave immediately after their lip flip procedure, but they should avoid touching the injection sites, and exercise for the rest of the day.

Anticipated Results

Patients may notice some swelling or mild bruising immediately after their lip injections that should subside naturally in a few days. The length of results will vary based on the dermal filler used, but patients typically see improvements for 3-4 months. Dermal filler injections will slowly absorb into the body before being safely eliminated, so results will gradually fade in time. Periodic maintenance treatments will yield the most natural and best results. Talk to Dr. Chiu about how often to schedule a touch-up treatment.

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