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Botox Lip Flip Is it another phony service?

Published on May 6, 2018

The procedure called the Botox Lip Flip has caused near social media hysteria and has been featured on “The Doctors.” Articles about the procedure claim that you can stop spending money on fillers because for much less you can get two injections of Botox in the upper lip and flip the edge of the upper lip. Despite all this breathy excitement and pandemonium, there is just one problem: where are all the before and after pictures? A careful study of pictures documenting the so-called Botox Lip Flip turn up nada, nothing, zip, zilch. There are no before and after pictures documenting the so-called Botox Lip Flip. Let me qualify that, there are before and pictures that state they represent a “Botox Lip Flip,” but it is clear that the effects shown were accomplished with fillers. That is the case with the Lip Flip demonstrated on “The Doctors.”

It is generally possible to perk up a lip edge with fillers. Can this change be accomplished with Botox by placing product in just the right spot to selectively modify the way the orbicularis oris muscle shapes the lip to create a Lip Flip? In medicine we hate saying never. It may be possible that the doctor who came up with the idea for this purported service had the one in a million patient who showed a lip flip after getting Botox for a lip line. Maybe. The fact there are no photographs documenting this makes me…well…skeptical. Having reviewed everything I can to find documentary proof that such a service actually exists, let me cut to the chase, don’t bother searching for this unicorn. No matter what the doctor promises you, and they may very well believe that they are performing a Botox Lip Flip, it isn’t going to happen without fillers. Just get the filler and don’t bother with the Botox, which can produce unwanted weakness and incompetence of the lip edge and can go wrong.

The Botox Lip Flip is just another example of cosmetic surgery hype getting ahead of reality. This happens because there is so much competition in the market that doctors are willing to have their publicists promote even the thinnest of results in order to beat out the competition. Even other doctors are not always able to separate fact and fiction. Rather than miss out on the excitement of a new procedure, they jump on the bandwagon. This makes it very difficult when you are a member of the public trying to figure out which new services are worthwhile.

The most important aspect of a new treatment is reproducibility. If there are no before and after images of the treatment, you should be highly skeptical of the service being offered. The so-called Botox Lip Flip is a perfect example of that. Consider my patented Microdroplet Lift® as a model of what you are looking for in a new service. First the treatment is based on a United States patent-they don’t just hand those out. That means that the method has been thoroughly examined by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The method is also supported by a published peer-reviewed study of 563 treatments in 227 individuals (Steinsapir KD, Rootman D, Wulc A, Hwang C.
Cosmetic Microdroplet Botulinum Toxin A Forehead Lift: A New Treatment Paradigm. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015; 31:263-8.) There is a dedicated website regarding the service Microdropletlift.com with numerous before and after pictures and videos. Finally other physicians have mastered and offer the service around the United States and many countries around the world.

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