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What Are Butterfly Lips? The Controversial Beauty Trend Explained

Why is it dangerous?

Last Updated on April 19, 2023

Latex gloss, glazed donut, and frosted berry lips are currently the most sought-after lip trends, and they all appear exceptionally stunning on full, plump lips. In your quest to obtain such, you stumbled upon the butterfly lips trend.

With celebrities like Lauren Goodger and Katie Price adopting the ‘butterfly lips’ trend, experts have expressed concerns about the potential risks associated with the procedure.

Yes, we all want to achieve Angelina Jolie-level lips, but it’s worth doing some research before diving in.

Fillers have revolutionized the world of aesthetics, especially after Kylie Jenner revealed she’d had lip fillers in 2015.

The trend grew to unbelievable heights; as per Biospace’s report, an estimated 1.4 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were conducted in 2021.

Given the abundance of beauty trends circulating on social media, it’s highly likely that the number of people undergoing injectable filler procedures will continue to rise. One influential factor contributing to this trend is celebrity endorsement.

As beauty trends continue to gain momentum, more celebrities are openly discussing their use of botox and fillers. While Jenner is known for her enhanced lips, other famous figures such as Jessica Simpson have also experimented with lip injections in the past. 

In a 2006 interview with Glamour, Simpson admitted to trying Restylane, but felt it gave her an artificial look that she didn’t appreciate, saying “I had that Restylane stuff. It looked fake to me. I didn’t like that.”

“But it went away in, like, four months. My lips are back to what they were. Thank God!”

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What is the butterfly lip trend and how is it achieved?

The butterfly lip is a beauty trend that involves plumping the top lip with the use of Steri-strips (tape, to you and I), dermal filler and Botox. The tape is used to lift the lip, before it’s injected.

This achieves a more pronounced cupids bow, but the tape is what makes the trend risky as it can lead to infection, as well as migration of the filler to other parts of the face.

How long does lip filler last?

The results of the butterfly lip filler can last for several months before a touch-up is needed. It’s essential to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with your medical professional before deciding to undergo the treatment.

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