What is a Lip Flip? Experts Weigh In

Everything you need to know about the low-key injectable procedure.

In a rapid-fire round of beauty word association, Wrinkle Relaxers will most likely conjure images of smooth foreheads and vanishing wrinkles. Since the OG Tox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, Wrinkle Relaxers have become the go-to injectable treatment for combating wrinkles and fine lines. But lately, it’s also gaining popularity through a subtle procedure in the lip augmentation family: the lip flip.

 

WHAT’S A LIP FLIP?

As Lara Devgan, a top board-certified cosmetic surgeon in New York City, explains it, lip flips are a procedure in which neuromodulators (Wrinkle Relaxers) are injected in infinitesimal quantities at the corners of the mouth and near the Cupid’s bow. All in all, a standard lip flip procedure takes less than ten minutes. Over the following weeks, it gently unfurls thin lips to make them appear large and full.

 

HOW ARE LIP FLIPS DIFFERENT FROM LIP FILLERS?

Lip fillers inject a high viscosity filler into the lip to add volume. Lip flips enhance the upper lip’s appearance by relaxing a muscle around the lips: the orbicularis oris, a circular muscle that almost acts like a purse string. “The idea behind the lip flip is if you use [Wrinkle Relaxers] to slightly soften some of the tensioned areas of the purse string, then you can cause a little bit of relaxation of the pink-white border of the lip,” Devgan says. “So that vermilion border flips out a little bit and it gives you a very subtle improvement in upper lip show.”

 

Wrinkle Relaxers can sometimes conjure images of frozen lips that struggle to wrap around a straw, but there’s little risk of immovable lips with this procedure. Lip flips involve highly strategic injections administered in teeny-tiny quantities—and if you’re seeing a board-certified professional, it’s unlikely that they’ll overdo the injection.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOULD GET A LIP FLIP?

If you’re eyeing a dramatic lip augmentation, a lip flip may not be for you. “It’s the right procedure for someone who is interested in fuller lips but feels a little bit apprehensive and wants a baby step before they commit to lip filler,” Devgan says. Lip flips only roll the upper lip out, making thing lips appear fuller; they don’t add volume. Additionally, the procedure only lasts for about three months.

 

HOW MUCH DOES A LIP FLIPS COST?

Devgan tells us that lip flips can range anywhere from [AUD $150] depending on the person and the practice. And if you like the results, you’ll expect to spend the same amount again on a return visit when the it fades in 90 days.

 

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A  LIP FLIP?

All the health requirements you’d need for another injectable procedure—say, cheek fillers or lip fillers—are standard for lip flips too. Devgan also advises that you don’t have any active cold sores. To reduce swelling, refrain from alcohol, aspirin, and other blood thinners for a few days before and after any injectables.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘You can’t be in a bubble where you’re never going to encounter something that’s not clean’

When actress-turned-Goop founder and CEO Gwyneth Paltrow introduced the broader concept of wellness to women around the world, she arguably redefined modern beauty standards. Paltrow is often credited as being a first adopter of emerging trends; clean beauty, crystals and ashwagandha have all become more mainstream, thanks to Paltrow and her greater influence. Last week, she may have done it again. On Thursday, Paltrow announced her partnership with Merz Aesthetics’ “pure” injectable Wrinkle Relaxer X.

Paltrow has never been the global face, much less an ambassador, for a cosmetic aesthetics company, especially since she publicly swore off Botox after her 40th birthday. But Paltrow’s relationship with Merz represents the duality of the beauty industry today, one that encompasses cosmetic treatments, clean beauty and wellness. Below, she discusses with Glossy what made her take the plunge with Wrinkle Relaxer X, what the future of beauty looks like and what’s on deck for “The Goop Lab” season two.

What made this partnership with Merz Aesthetics interesting to you?

“I think it kind of goes along with my philosophy that life is a balance, and also that women should feel completely empowered to do the things in their lives that work for them and make them feel better. Obviously, I’m very into clean products and clean beauty, but basically, the story goes like this: When I was 40 — I was panicking about turning 40 — I did full anti-wrinkle [injections], the whole thing. And I [looked like] a monster. It was crazy. I honestly want to show you a picture of my face; it was nuts. I was like, ‘I’ll never do this again.’ ‘I’ll never touch my face again.’ But of course, I went along and I felt good [on the] inside, but maybe you’re noticing more wrinkles. I was getting really pronounced frown lines. My really good friend is a plastic surgeon in Chicago, I’m always asking him, ‘What are women doing?’ “Is it to early for a face lift?’ ‘What’s the laser [to use]?’ — and he told me about Wrinkle Relaxer X. He was like, ‘It’s just for right here [Paltrow points to the area between her eyes], and you need just a little drop.’ And I was like, ‘No, I had a really bad experience with an anti-wrinkle injection.’ He said, ‘Just trust me, it’s a purified version. It’s very you. It’s the cleanest version of this possible.’ He gave me a drop of it, and really, it was fantastic.”

How important was the “clean” aspect, given that you are such a proponent of clean beauty and wellness?

“It’s one of those things you have to balance, because it’s still a neurotoxin. But the fact that it’s uniquely purified — there’s not other stuff in it — made it more palatable for me to try. I’m so passionate about what we put on our skin — moisturizer, or whatever body oil, cream or exfoliants. Your skin absorbs, transdermally, like up to 70% of what you put on it. Over 10 years, as I’ve learned more and more about clean beauty, [I’ve found] some conventional beauty products that are considered luxury products have antifreeze in them.”

So, what is your take on conventional beauty products?

“You can’t be in a bubble where you’re never going to encounter something that’s not clean. I have really dry, color-treated hair. I cannot use a clean moisturizer. Clean conditioner in my hair doesn’t work. I would like to make [a clean conditioner] one day, and we’re trying to work on one, but there’s a balance. I think women should feel free to explore whatever they want to — eyelash dye, hair color, it is what it is.”

You’re known to spot the next big thing. Is there anything you have your eye on?

“I thought it might be a good time to do a chemical peel to get rid of sun damage [because of staying indoors], but I haven’t found one. There are so many mixed reactions. I’m still gathering research about that one. People say, like, ‘What are your beauty hacks?’ Besides my GoopGenes moisturizer, which I’m obsessed with by the way, [they include] exfoliating, sleeping, breathing, meditating — [and] basic things to reduce stress: sweating, exercising, eating good nutrients. Those are all considered wellness [to me].”

How is that going to come to life in season two of [the Netflix series] “The Goop Lab”?

“Season two is really about relationships, intimacy and sex. We’re focusing on that. We just started filming, so we’re still putting it all together right now.”

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Sharon Stone & Twins, Proof In Real Life

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Sharon Stone and Galderma have partnered to bring you the Proof in Real Life campaign. The objective of this campaign is to normalise aesthetic treatments by challenging the extreme and unnatural images that are often portrayed in the media and demonstrating living proof that natural looking results can be achieved with Dermal Fillers.

The ‘PROOF’ was recently announced in ‘REAL LIFE’ in form of 10 unique sets of identical twins. One of each of sets of twins has been treated with Dermal Fillers and the results of these identical twins, along with Sharon Stone encouraging greater openness and awareness of aesthetic treatments, will form the basis of a world wide campaign that is currently being run.

Despite some initial scepticism from some of the twins, 100 per cent of the untreated twins are now considering treatments for themselves. Commenting on her sister’s experience, untreated twin Zoe Spink, aged 62 said, “I am very interested in skin care and have reached an age now where I feel I need a little help. I have seen my sister’s skin getting better and better so I cannot wait to begin my own treatment course.”

SKYN are proud stockist of Galderma products and have been for many years, utilising them to enhance your appearance and to create a natural result.

If you would like to find out more about this amazing campaign, head to PROOF IN REAL LIFE . Or for information about what treatments would best suit you do not hesitate to book a friendly and informative consultation.


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Bro-tox Boom | 9 News Perth

It’s common among women but more and more Perth men are getting wrinkle relaxers. Doctors say one in twenty blokes are turning to the needle to iron out facial wrinkles. And they’ve dubbed the trend ‘the bro-tox boom’.