All About The Lip Flip | Harbour Medispa Wilston

Interested in the Lip Flip? Here are 5 things you need to know…

Full, youthful lips are always in style—and lip plumping is one of our most popular uses for dermal fillers. However, not everyone who wants their lips to look fuller necessarily wants or needs fillers to achieve their desired effect. Perhaps you want a very subtle result, or you would prefer to try out a shorter-term option (fillers can last 6 to 12 months). 

If you would like to enhance your lips but feel like fillers aren’t your style, you might consider antiwrinkle injections, in a quick procedure called a “lip flip.” Our injectable specialists have been getting requests for this lip enhancement option at Harbour Medispa and patients who try it love their results.

The antiwrinkle medicine lip flip can be an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle lip enhancement, as well as those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

What is the Lip Flip?

As the name implies, the lip flip involves using Just a few quick injections can help the upper lip relax and roll slightly upward, which allows more of the upper lip to be visible. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide, or for those who want to enhance the shape of their upper lip with minimal effort.

How does the lip flip work?

To perform an anti-wrinkle lip flip, our injectable specialists make a series of injections just above the upper lip, into the orbicularis oris muscle, which encircles the mouth. This temporarily relaxes the part of the muscle over the upper lip, causing the lip to roll slightly upward so it appears more voluminous and defined. This muscle relaxation can also help smooth vertical lines around the lips. 

Most patients notice the effects within a few days of treatment, with full results in about one week. The effects for lips lasts up to three to four months.

Lip Flip vs Lip Filler

The lip flip isn’t a substitute for lip fillers. We perform both at Harbour Medispa as we have patients who are better suited to one treatment or the other, or both. Our injectable specialists consider your natural lip anatomy, your desired outcome, and your personal preferences when deciding whether antiwrinkle or a dermal filler is the best lip enhancement option for you. 

You likely will be happy with the Lip Flip if: 

  • You would like a subtly more prominent “pout” to your lips
  • You feel your upper lip looks invisible when you smile
  • You want fuller-looking lips but do not want additional volume
  • You want a more temporary treatment (3-4 months)

Fillers are likely a better lip enhancement option if: 

  • You would like additional volume in the upper and/or lower lip
  • You would like to address more severe vertical lip lines
  • You would like to improve overall lip shape and symmetry
  • You want a longer-lasting lip enhancement (6-12 months)

In some cases, the best solution for a patient is to combine neuromodulators with fillers. Using fillers to enhance lip volume and botox to lift the upper lip slightly can achieve a beautiful effect for patients with very thin lips.

How much does the Lip Flip cost?

A Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa is inexpensive from just $50 per treatment. If you’re surprised at how inexpensive this seems, consider that we only need a small number of units to achieve the desired “lip flip” effect. 

It is important to keep in mind that the lip flip only lasts three to four months, and you’ll need to return for treatment about two to three times as often as you would for filler injections. That said can be a very cost-effective solution for patients desiring a subtle, but meaningful improvement in lip appearance.

How can I get a natural lip flip result?

Overtreating is a real risk with inexperienced providers and can limit your ability to move your lips normally. For instance, you may not be able to whistle or use a straw until the treatment starts to wear off if too much is used or if it is injected into the wrong location.

Schedule your Lip Flip at Harbour Medispa Wilston

Our highly trained cosmetic nurse has extensive experience with Botox and fillers. If you’re interested in checking out the lip flip yourself, we invite you to call us for a consultation 0418180949 or book online at

Retinol Vs Retin A – What’s the difference? | Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson

What is the difference between Retinol and Tretinoin | Cosmetic Nurse Blog

What is the difference between retinol and tretinoin (Retin A)? 

It is important to first distinguish what these products are: Retin A is the popular brand name for the drug, tretinoin.  Many people use the name Retin A when referring to any type of tretinoin.  (Similar to the interchangeable use of the words “Kleenex” and “facial tissues.”) Tretinoin is an Rx product and can only be purchased from, or prescribed by, a Doctor; it is a prescription medication thereby prescription strength.  Retinol is the over-the-counter, cosmetic version of tretinoin.  It can be purchased from department stores, pharmacies, etc.  Retinols provide an option for patients/businesses that do not have the medical credentials necessary in prescribing/dispensing tretinoins.

Many people confuse retinol with tretinoin. 

Retinol and retinoic acid are related but distinctly different. Retinols first need to be converted by special enzymes into the active metabolite, retinoic acid. Only retinoic acid directly affects skin cells and helps reduce signs of aging. Tretinoin is retinoic acid and does not need to go through this conversion.

In theory, one should be able to apply retinol to the skin, wait till it gets converted to retinoic acid, and eventually get the known skin benefits of the latter. In reality, the conversion rate is low and varies greatly among individuals. Additionally, when exposed to air either during storage or use, much retinol may get oxidized or degraded even before it can become available for conversion to retinoic acid in the skin. As a result, fewer people respond to most retinol creams than to retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A), and the degree of response tends to be less too.

It is true that retinol products tend to have fewer side effects than retinoic acid (tretinoin, Retin A). The reason is the same: lower biological activity of retinol due to slow conversion and, possibly, degradation. However, many high concentrations of retinol can be almost as irritating to the skin as retinoic acid. Various brands have developed high-strength retinol formulas that are more effective than run-of-the-mill retinol products. However, when trying to create a more rapid and more substantial change in patient skin, tretinoin is the form of retinoic acid that is going to provide a more significant change.  Further, tretinoin is ONLY available through a physician/medical practice versus more readily – and easily available – retinol products.

Bottom line

Retinoic acid a.k.a. tretinoin (sold as Retin A, Renova, and other brands) appears to provide a better shot at eliminating fine lines and reducing wrinkles than even the best retinol formulations. Tretinoin users who experience skin irritation and/or chronic peeling can work to eliminate these side effects by reducing the concentration and/or frequency of application while still experiencing the benefits of this Rx strength formulation versus the less effective, cosmetic strength of retinol.

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The Rickets Line In Cosmetic Facial Beauty |Assessing The Ageing Face By Cosmetic Nurse Jo Wilson |Harbour Cosmetic Clinic



The Ricketts Line In Assessing Facial Beauty  


The Ricketts E Plane was created by an orthodontist Dr. Ricketts. His goal was to identify correct lower face alignment. This is an area I have a special interest in, primarily because it is where I see the dramatic changes to the overall facial beauty aesthetic.

Using this tool with HA dermal filler treatments at Harbour Cosmetic clinic has been life-changing for my patients!

The Ricketts Line is an assessment tool now used in the clinic by to assess ideal proportions of the lower face. It is extremely useful, specifically for the proportion of the lips in relation to the nose and chin in the overall aesthetic of the face.

A straight line is drawn from the tip of the nose to the tip of the chin and assessed according to base measurements.

In traditional caucasian beauty, the upper lip needs to sit 4mm behind the line and the lower lip needs to sit 2mm behind the line. There are variations with ethnicities but Ricketts Line serves as a good baseline to keep facial harmony in your overall facial assessment.

It is a practice tool I use for all of my patients at Harbour Cosmetic Clinic Wilston when they come in for their treatments.

Other Cosmetic Treatments offered include: Lip Filler, Cheek Filler, Chin Filler, Jawline Filler, Anti wrinkle treatments, Lipodissolve Fat Injections, Skin Needling, LED Light Therapy, Chemical Peels.

Harbour Cosmetic Clinic is listed as one of Brisbane’s Best Cosmetic Dermal Filler Clinics by Style Magazines Brisbane. 

Located Upstairs Level One, 99 Kedron Brook Road, Wilston



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HARBOUR MEDISPA | Listed as Brisbane’s Best Dermal Filler Treatment by StyleMagazine

Style Magazine rounded up Brisbane’s best dermal filler treatments for 2019…. guess who made the list?! Check out the full story below.

To find anything your skin has lost in the natural ageing process, start your search at Harbour Medispa. Known for their signature A La Angelina Jolie Lips, Nurse Jo will accentuate the pillows naturally present in your lips to create a “fresh, not fake” keyhole look that is plump in all the right areas. Along with the medical team at Renaissance Clinics, they will help you find the perfect option to treat your cosmetic concerns and meet your aesthetic goals through an intimate consultation. Faster-acting than creams, quicker and less painless than surgery and giving you a natural-looking effect, the dermal fillers at Harbour Medispa will help you find what you’re looking for. Their Cosmetic Dermal Filler injectables will restore volume in your skin and fullness in the facial tissues while also working beautifully to correct structure and naturally reshape the form of your face.

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