Is a “lip flip” an alternative to a surgical lip lift? January 25, 2023 A surgical lip lift lifts the upper lip by shortening the length of skin between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lip. On the other hand, a non-surgical lip flip uses injections to add volume to make the upper lip more pronounced. The results of a lip flip are long-lasting but are not permanent. Depending on your individual skin’s needs, Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will recommend a personalized treatment plan that could include either of these options, or a combination of both, to correct your specific concerns.