WHAT IS A LIP LIFT?
A lip lift is a surgical procedure where the distance between the base of the nose and the top lip is shortened creating a more aesthetically pleasing and youthful appearance to the top lip and the lower third of the face.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A LIP LIFT?
There are 2 distinct candidates for a lip lift:
The first are older patients with an elongated lower third of the face. As we age, the distance between the base of the nose and the top lip lengthens, the top lip also flattens and thins out. The end result is a longer lower third of the face with flattening and thinning of the top lip. Many patients also complain that their smile has changed over time. This is because the elongated top lip obscures the teeth and diminishes tooth show. A lip lift creates shortens the distance between the base of the nose and the top lip, creating a more youthful appearance to the lips and lower face.
The second candidate is a younger patient that has an elongated upper lip with poor tooth show or someone looking for a permanent augmentation to the upper lip. Younger patients seeking a natural and long-lasting alternative to lip filler may also benefit from a lip lift. The surgical lip lift will expose more of the red lip resulting in a plumper, fuller and more shapely top lip.
HOW IS A LIP LIFT PERFORMED?
A lip lift is performed with the patient awake using local anesthesia in about 90 minutes. The sutures are removed over 2 sessions in the week following surgery. A well-executed lip lift will result in a nearly imperceptible scar.