What You Need to Know About Lip Lift

The upper Lip lift is a procedure that elevates the position of the upper lip with respect to the teeth giving a broader smile. The amount of pink lip that is seen is also increased giving the patient wider lips. The lips can also be made fuller with implants or by injecting fillers or abdominal fat into the lips at the same surgical session. The overall effect of the lip lift is a more esthetically pleasing mouth with a youthful appearance. The patient satisfaction rate is very high.

The youthful lip is full and slightly pouting. The pink part of the lip can be 1/3 to 1/2 the volume of the moustache area in general. Some of us are born with naturally long upper lips. This procedure is designed to shorten the upper lip allowing people even in their twenties to benefit from this procedure.

Before and After Lip Lift surgery

As we age all the bones of the body (including the face) retract and diminish allowing the flesh of the face to hang more. The soft tissue and fat of the face undergo atrophy so the skin itself also falls. The aged upper lip is characterized by a thin or non-existent vermilion (the pink part) and a smile that does not show the teeth. Therefore, people experiencing this can also benefit from this procedure.

The lips can be altered in different ways. The Lip lift-nasal is done by removing a strip of skin below the nose and the lip enlargement-natural way is done by the patient drawing in the height she wishes her lip to be and then this part is excised. There is an incision or scar along the lip line that diminishes, but not completely, with time.

This procedure usually heals quite well and the treated area can be covered easily with lipstick. Different fillers like Fascia, Advanta implants can be placed at the same time to give more fullness to the lips. A V to Y advancement of the tissue from the inside of the lips can be done to gain more fullness also without the addition of any fillers. The patient can “customize” her lips depending on whether she just wants increased height or fullness or a combination of these.

These can all be done as an outpatient with a local anesthetic in the office and take about an hour plus. All external sutures are out the next day. Maximum swelling/fullness is present for about two weeks.

Approximate Length of Surgery: 1 to 1½ hours

Approximate Cost: The fees vary depending on what is done/added but are between about $2500 and $6000

Average Recovery Time: 2 days – 2 weeks