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a small dose of muscle relaxant can reduce over-active muscles in the upper lip, preventing the lip from curling up or exposing too much gum (gingival display).

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Under the medical guidance of specialist plastic surgeon Dr Sharp, our caring team of clinicians use the longest-standing quality muscle relaxant neuromodulating injections for upper lip muscle activity.

Your treatment will begin with a full facial assessment to help you choose the best lip ‘style’ to compliment your facial features.

You will be advised up front of costs involved, and we will tailor your treatment to suit your budget.

Then our special topical anaesthetic cream can be applied to your lips upon request, to ensure the treatment is comfortable, with the added benefit of vibration therapy used during the injections – so all you have to do is sit back and relax as your clinician goes to work, crafting your beautiful new lips.

The skilled teams in our Brisbane and Ipswich clinics also specialise in dissolving unwanted injectable product, giving you a blank canvas to build your fresh pout.

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Give your upper lip a ‘turned out’ look by relaxing muscles that pull it down


Subtly change your smile and reduce the amount of gum that’s revealed.

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What are lip flip or gummy smile injections?

The lip flip is a cosmetic injectable treatment that subtly shapes the lip slightly outward to create the appearance of fuller lips. It is used as a standalone treatment, or commonly, in combination with lip fillers for added volume. Anti-wrinkle injections help those whose gummy smile is the result of overactive muscles around the upper lip.

By pinpointing the overactive muscles or muscles close to the nose, anti-wrinkle injections relax said muscles and ultimately reduce the amount of gum shown when smiling, as the newly relaxed muscles are not pulling at the upper lip as much.

Both lip fillers and anti-wrinkle injections can last for up to 12 months, are non-invasive and only take around 30 minutes to administer.

The lip flip treatment with the anti-wrinkle injection is an option for patients to have alongside lip filler treatments. Another benefit of this treatment is that it softens peri oral line (lipstick lines) by relaxing the muscle making wrinkles around the mouth less likely to form.

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Cosmetic injections to correct a gummy smile

The medical term for a gummy smile is excessive gingival display and it’s defined when there is 2-4 mm of gum visible when smiling.

Everyone’s oral anatomy is unique; a gummy smile is the result of various factors, whether it be an excessive display of gum tissue or a short upper lip, overactive muscles around the upper lip or the way in which the upper jawbone is developed. If your gummy grin is due to a short upper lip or overactive muscles, cosmetic muscle relaxing injections can help

(pictured left: before and 2 weeks after gummy smile treatment performed at the Sharp Clinics).

Exploring Lip Procedures: Lip Flip vs. Lip Fillers

Lip flip and lip fillers are cosmetic procedures designed to alter the appearance of the lips, though they achieve this in different ways.


Lip Fillers: Adding Volume

Lip fillers involve the use of dermal fillers using a substance naturally found in the body. During this procedure, a healthcare professional strategically injects the gel into various parts of the lips. This process adds immediate volume, resulting in a fuller appearance of the lips.


Lip Flip: Relaxing Muscle Activity

In contrast, a lip flip involves the use of a neuromodulator. The clinician injects this substance into specific areas of the upper lip. This relaxes the muscles around the lip, causing the lip to curl outward slightly. The result, which typically becomes noticeable about a week after the procedure, is a fuller more turned-out appearance of the upper lip, without actually increasing its volume.


Comparing the Results

While both procedures aim to change the lips, they differ in their outcomes. Lip flips often result in a more subtle change, potentially appearing more natural than lip fillers. On the other hand, lip fillers provide a more noticeable increase in volume and can reshape the lips more obviously.


Choosing the Right Procedure

The choice between a lip flip and lip fillers depends on individual anatomy, objectives and the specific recommendations of a qualified healthcare professional treating you. It’s essential to have a detailed consultation to understand the potential results and to decide which procedure aligns best with your lips.

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before and 2 weeks after muscle relaxant treatment to the face at The Sharp Clinics 
before and 2 weeks after muscle relaxant treatment to the face at The Sharp Clinics 
before and 2 weeks after muscle relaxant treatment to the face at The Sharp Clinics 
before and 2 weeks after muscle relaxant treatment to the face at The Sharp Clinics 
before and 2 weeks after muscle relaxant treatment to the face at The Sharp Clinics 


What will relaxing the top lip do?

The anti-wrinkle injection will allow the muscle that surrounds the top lip (orbicularis oris) to slightly lift creating the illusion of a fuller yet soft top lip.

How does it differ from dermal filler injections?

Lip (dermal) fillers and anti-wrinkle injections are not the same. Filler adds volume which makes the lips appear larger, while muscle relaxing/wrinkle injections roll the lip slightly outward.

Can I have lip flip muscle relaxing injections as well as filler?

Absolutely; some patients enjoy the effect of both lip fillers and muscle relaxing injections. Our clinician will examine your lips and advise of the best treatments or products to achieve your desired result.

Is lip flip suitable for everyone?

For a small percentage of patients, lip flip treatment is not effective our suitable; this is especially the case for patients who play musical instruments that require a certain mouth position or mouth muscle (orbicularis oris) control.

What are the recovery and risks?

Post treatment, you may notice that your lips feel slightly swollen, sensitive, or numb. These sensations generally subside within a day.

To aid the healing process and prevent the product from affecting other areas of your face, consider the following tips:

– Use an ice pack on your lips for up to 10 minutes to minimise inflammation, discomfort, and swelling.
– Avoid applying products like lipstick or lip balm to your lips in the 12 hours after treatment
– Refrain from actions that put pressure on your lips, such as touching, puckering, kissing, or using a straw.
– Exercise caution while brushing your teeth.
– Avoid sleeping face down.

Risks and Benefits of a Lip Flip

– The lip flip procedure is generally safe when conducted by a qualified healthcare provider, with the product itself being widely considered safe for small dose cosmetic purposes. There’s a minimal risk of complications or adverse effects.
– Typically, there is less pain, bruising, and swelling compared to other lip augmentation procedures.

– The effects of a lip flip don’t last as long as those from lip fillers or other augmentation methods.
– Over-relaxation of the muscles around your lips is a possibility. This could lead to drooling, difficulties with drinking, or speech challenges for a few weeks, until the effects diminish.
– Unlike some other procedures, the effects of a lip flip cannot be reversed immediately; one must wait for the treatment to wear off.
– Potential minor side effects like bruising, headaches, chills or localised discoloration and tenderness may occur.

When should I see my clinician?

If you experience any of the following symptoms shortly after your procedure or even weeks after your procedure, contact our clinic immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty swallowing or talking.
  • Impaired vision.
  • Weakness in muscles in other parts of your face or body.

How long does lip flip take?

After you initial visit or first treatment, repeat treatments take less than 5 minutes to perform. It is a perfect lunch time treatment, with no downtime and minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Can I have lip flick injections while pregnant?

There haven’t been many studies on whether it’s safe to get a lip flip during pregnancy. As a result, it’s not a good idea to get a lip flip while pregnant.

How often will I need to come back for a top-up lip flip?

The injections should last anywhere between 3-5 months; however, every individual is different, and the longevity can vary.

Lip lift vs lip flip: how do I know if I need a lip flip or surgical lip lift?

surgical lip lift involves the removal of skin just under the nose, to strategically lift the upper lip. It usually involves local anaesthetic, about 3cm of stitching and approximately 1 week of downtime. Lip lift is suitable for patients who are unhappy with the distance between the upper lip and nose, and who wish to give their lip an outward turning appearance. It produces a long term result, but carries additional risks such as infection and unsatisfactory scarring, so it should be considered carefully with the advice of a specialist plastic surgeon. While lip flick injections don’t produce exactly the same result as lip lift surgery, they are sometimes used to help patients gauge what they are looking for, in terms of their upper lip appearance.


Our safe muscle relaxing injections have been used all over the world for more patients than any other.


You’ll notice the results within 2-7 days. Results last 3-5 months.


Priced from $50-$75 per treatment, this treatment offers noticeable change at a minimal cost.


Lip injections don’t have to hurt! Our special topical anaesthetic and vibration therapy ensures you remain comfortable.

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