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Lip Flip

Lip Flip

For years, people have been seeking ways to enhance the natural beauty of their lips. Among the various options like lip fillers, implants, and surgical augmentation, the Lip Flip stands out as a quick and minimally invasive procedure. It has become increasingly popular as more people look for ways to achieve fuller lips without making a significant investment in time, money, or enduring lengthy recovery periods.

The Lip Flip is an excellent option for those who are new to cosmetic treatments or want to test the waters before committing to more permanent procedures. It’s also ideal for people who are not looking to drastically alter their appearance but want just a little enhancement to bring balance to their facial features. In a world where social media often dictates beauty standards, the Lip Flip offers a way to achieve a more photogenic look without going to extreme lengths.

Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna performs a range of surgical and non-surgical procedures at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery in Chester UK.


At a glance

Procedure Time
10-20 minutes
Procedure Anaesthesia
Topical Anaesthetic
Procedure Downtime
A few days
Procedure Frequency
Every 2 to 4 months

Table of Contents

What Is Lip Flip

The term “Lip Flip” may sound a bit casual, but it refers to a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of your lips. It differs significantly from lip fillers or surgical lip augmentation. In a Lip Flip, a small amount of neuromodulators are injected just above the upper lip. This relaxes the muscles around the lip area, causing the lip to roll slightly outward, creating a fuller and more defined pout.

The procedure is quick, typically taking around 10 to 20 minutes. It’s also less expensive than many other cosmetic treatments for the lips. Another advantage is that it usually involves little to no downtime. However, it’s essential to remember that the results are temporary and typically last between 2 to 4 months.

  • A neuromodulator is used for the Lip Flip procedure
  • Usually takes 10-20 minutes
  • Generally, more affordable compared to other lip treatments
  • Results last for about 2 to 4 months

Who Needs Lip Flip

Not everyone needs or would benefit from a Lip Flip. It’s particularly well-suited for individuals who:

  • Feel their upper lip looks too thin or flat
  • Want to enhance their lips without making a drastic change
  • Prefer a minimally invasive procedure over surgical option
  • Wish for a temporary solution rather than a permanent alteration

You should be in good general health before undergoing any cosmetic procedure. Individuals with specific muscle or nerve conditions, such as Bell’s palsy or certain kinds of facial nerve disorders, may not be suitable candidates. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid this treatment.

  • Health Status: Good general health is needed
  • Pre-existing Conditions: Those with specific muscle or nerve conditions may not be ideal candidates
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women

Benefits of the Lip Flip Procedure

The Lip Flip procedure has been growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. One of the main draws is its simplicity. Below are some more advantages:

  • Quick and Simple: The treatment is fast, often completed within a lunch break, meaning you can get back to your daily activities almost immediately
  • Non-invasive: As there are no incisions or sutures, there’s less concern about scarring or complications arising from a more invasive procedure
  • Cost-effective: Compared to other lip enhancement options like fillers or surgery, Lip Flip is relatively affordable
  • Natural Look: It offers a subtler, more natural enhancement than you might get with fillers or surgery. The outward roll of the upper lip allows for a more balanced look without drastically altering your appearance
  • Temporary: If you’re not sure about committing to the look, the temporary nature of the results allows you to test the waters without a long-term commitment

How is the Lip Flip Procedure Performed

The Lip Flip procedure is straightforward and quick, typically taking no longer than 20 minutes. Here’s a general outline of what you can expect:


  • Purpose: The consultation is your opportunity to discuss your beauty goals, expectations, and any concerns you might have
  • Health History: Anca will ask about your medical history to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure
  • Plan: You’ll discuss which neuromodulator would be best for you and how much will be used


  • Cleaning: The skin around your upper lip will be cleaned thoroughly to minimise the risk of infection
  • Numbing Cream: Often, a topical numbing cream is applied to the area to make sure you’re comfortable during the injection


  • Needle Size: A very fine needle is used to minimise discomfort and the possibility of bruising
  • Injection Points: Anca will inject small amounts of the chosen neuromodulator above your upper lip. The exact number of injections will depend on your specific needs
  • Duration: This part of the procedure is quite fast, usually taking less than five minutes


  • Immediate Assessment: After the injection, Anca will monitor you for a few minutes to make sure there are no immediate complications
  • Adjustments: If necessary, minor adjustments could be made at this stage

Recovery after Lip Flip Procedure

After undergoing a Lip Flip, you’ll be pleased to know that the recovery process is usually straightforward and hassle-free. You can typically resume your normal activities immediately, though there are some things to keep in mind:

  • Immediate Care: You might experience some redness or minor swelling at the injection site, but these symptoms usually subside within a few hours
  • Activity Level: While you can return to most activities right away, it’s advised to avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours following the procedure
  • Facial Expressions: Try to minimise extreme facial expressions for a couple of days to allow the neuromodulator to settle in properly
  • Food and Drink: It’s a good idea to avoid excessive chewing or drinking through straws for about a day to ensure the treated muscles aren’t overly stressed
  • Sun Exposure: Direct sun and heat exposure should be avoided for at least 24 hours after the procedure, as they could exacerbate any potential side effects
  • Follow-Up: Anca will recommend a follow-up appointment to check on the results and determine if additional treatments are needed

Remember to follow any aftercare guidelines given to you by your plastic surgeon for optimal results.

Further Reading



Frequently asked questions

The results of a Lip Flip typically last between 2 to 4 months. Since the effects are temporary, you’ll need to return for additional treatments if you want to maintain the look.

Common side effects are usually minor and may include redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. These effects are generally short-lived and subside within a few days. More serious side effects are rare but can include allergic reactions or muscle weakness.

Yes, it’s possible to combine a Lip Flip with other treatments like fillers for a more dramatic effect. However, it’s essential to consult a talented and experienced plastic surgeon for personalised advice on combining treatments.

You may notice some immediate changes, but the full effects generally set in within 3 to 5 days after the procedure. It’s during this time that the neuromodulator takes effect, causing the lip to flip out slightly and appear fuller.

Most people report minimal discomfort during the Lip Flip procedure, often describing it as a quick pinch or sting. A numbing cream is usually applied beforehand to minimise any discomfort.

Like any medical procedure, the Lip Flip comes with its set of risks, though they are generally minimal. Being aware of these can help you make an informed decision.

  • Temporary Numbness: Some people experience a slight numbness in the treated area, but this typically subsides within a few hours
  • Asymmetry: There’s a chance that the neuromodulator might not spread evenly, leading to asymmetrical results. However, this is usually corrected during the follow-up appointment
  • Allergic Reactions: While rare, there’s always the risk of an allergic reaction to the neuromodulator used
  • Muscle Weakness: Though infrequent, some people report temporary muscle weakness in or around the area that was treated
  • Bruising: There may be minor bruising at the injection site, but this usually clears up within a few days
  • Effect Duration: The results are temporary, lasting between 2 to 4 months. You’ll need to repeat the procedure if you wish to maintain the results

About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Anca performs a wide range of Hand Surgery & Skin Surgery and Aesthetic Breast, Body and Face Surgery,

Anca Breahna - Female Plastic Surgeon in Chester UK

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in the region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care. It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has mainly been undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK and has worked Internationally to further extend her qualifications and training.

The team at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery looks forward to meeting you and will treat you with respect, consideration, and empathy.

Your Next Steps

Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Get a Medical Referral before your consultation at Cheshire Cosmetic Surgery

  • A Referral from your Doctor is not essential, however it is recommended to have one

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is usually available on-site
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Please call to find out more about availability, pricing and medical payment plans
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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

  • You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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