What Makes an “Ideal Smile”?
A beautiful smile is characterized by clear visibility of the upper set of teeth, front teeth that are identical and aligned in a straight line, and teeth that are free from discoloration or chips. It is important for an ideal smile to show no more than 2 mm of gums above the teeth and to have empty space between the corner of the lips and the upper back teeth.
Technique 1: Regular Lip Flip
A lip flip is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses Botox or a similar neurotoxin to enhance the appearance of the lips. Unlike lip fillers, which add volume to the lips, a lip flip involves injecting a small amount of neurotoxin into the muscles around the upper lip. This relaxes the muscles and causes the upper lip to subtly flip or roll outward, creating the appearance of fuller and more defined lips.
The effects of a lip flip are temporary and typically last around 2 to 3 months. It is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in a short amount of time, often in just a few minutes. The treatment is considered safe and carries minimal risks or side effects.
A lip flip is a popular option for individuals who desire a subtle enhancement to their lips without the need for fillers or more invasive procedures. It can help improve the shape, symmetry, and overall appearance of the lips, providing a more youthful and attractive look. However, it’s important to consult with a qualified medical professional to determine if a lip flip is suitable for your specific needs and goals.
Units: 1 to 3 units per injection point for a maximum of 10 units
Tips: You can reduce to 2 points if the client is looking for more subtle results.
Technique 2: Lower Lip
The lower lip injection technique, known for addressing deep lines in the middle or when the lower lip turns inward, typically involves using a maximum of 2 units of Botox. This technique is considered rare and is not commonly performed. It specifically targets the specific concerns mentioned, such as deep lines observed when a person “blows a kiss” or when the lower lip exhibits an inward turn.
Units: Usually 1. 2 maximum.
Technique 3: "Seagull", "M-shaped" or "gull-wing"
To correct an “M-shaped” or “gull-wing” lip with Botox, a technique known as the lip flip can be employed. The lip flip involves injecting Botox into the muscles surrounding the upper lip to relax and slightly roll the lip outward, creating a more balanced and enhanced appearance.
Units: 1 unit per injection point
Depth: 2 mm
Barecode Technique (Smoker's Lines, Vertical Lines)
To treat smoker’s lines or vertical lip lines with Botox, the “barcode” or “bare code” technique can be used. This technique involves injecting Botox into the muscles around the mouth to relax them and reduce the appearance of these lines.
Results: It’s important to note that Botox treatment for smoker’s lines is temporary and usually lasts around 3-4 months. To maintain the results, repeat treatments may be necessary.
Units: 1 to 3 per side. The dosage depends on the strength of the muscle.
Depth: Full Needle (Deep)
Combining Lip Flip with Dermal Fillers
The combination of a lip flip with dermal fillers can be considered in certain cases to enhance the overall appearance and achieve desired lip results. Here are some situations where combining a lip flip with dermal fillers may be beneficial:
- Insufficient Lip Volume: If you desire both a subtle increase in lip volume and a lip flip, combining the two techniques can provide a more comprehensive outcome. The lip flip with Botox helps relax the muscles and roll the lip slightly outward, while dermal fillers add volume and shape to the lips.
- Lip Asymmetry: If your lips have noticeable asymmetry, combining a lip flip with dermal fillers can help achieve better balance. The lip flip addresses muscle dynamics, while dermal fillers can be strategically injected to correct volume discrepancies and create more symmetrical lips.
- Lip Lines and Wrinkles: In addition to addressing the muscle-related concerns with a lip flip, dermal fillers can be used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles around the lips, such as smoker’s lines or vertical lip lines. This combined approach can provide a smoother and more youthful lip appearance.
- Customized Lip Enhancement: If you desire a more dramatic or customized lip enhancement, combining a lip flip with dermal fillers allows for a tailored approach. The lip flip helps enhance the lip shape and projection, while dermal fillers provide volume and contouring according to your specific preferences.