Upper Lip Lift


Upper Lip Lift

From teens to middle-aged women, it seems all ages are seeking an upper lip lift to provide plumper, poutier and more youthful-looking lips.

This cosmetic enhancement can turn back the clock and reduce the signs of aging around lips, as well as improve the aesthetics of a person’s smile while enhancing symmetry and proportions of the face.

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What Is An Upper Lip Lift?

During lip lift surgery, the surgeon will remove a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin between the nostrils and lip area, also known as the philtrum. This will help shorten the length in this area, improve your lips border, and greatly enhance the look of your lips. A lip lift is designed to help those who have an elongated upper lip. This can cause a break in the flow of facial features. Sagging in this area can also cause teeth to be hidden when you smile. Overall, a lip lift is the perfect solution for those seeking a cosmetic change in their top lip. This lift surgery will define your lip by raising a portion of it, which will result in a fuller appearing upper lip. The result is a youthful, harmonious appearance to the face overall.

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Improve Your Looks And Feel Younger

Aging occurs in all parts of the body, including the lips. Full lips are a sign of youth and beauty. This is the reason so many middle-aged women seek lip lift surgery. Most times those who are inquiring about lift surgery for the lips have already tried non-surgical methods. This may include lip injections and fillers. The problem with these types of cosmetic enhancements is that they only provide temporary results and at times, result in duck-lips if a lip lift is actually the right procedure for you. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, then lip lift surgery is the answer. Results for lip surgery are natural-looking and subtle. However, the benefits and results can oftentimes be substantial.

Benefits and Results

  • Fuller and poutier lips
  • Improves shape and length of lips
  • More prominent lip line
  • Improves smile and tooth show
  • Reduces fine lines on the upper lip
  • Subtle improvement of the corners of the mouth
  • Makes the lips and lower face appear younger overall
  • Decreases the need for fillers
  • Permanent enhancement
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence

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Day Of Your Procedure

Before you have your procedure, you and your surgeon should talk about expected results. You will be able to visualize how you will look after your procedure. You should have more youthful lips that are plump and pouty. The physician starts the process by using a surgical marker to draw a wavy ellipsis shape, which is referred to as bullhorns, right under your nostrils. This is an outline where your doctor will be cutting and removing the skin. This same-day procedure is performed under local anesthetic. You will be awake during the surgery, but completely numb. When numbing medication is administered you will feel a stinging sensation, like a mosquito bite. On average, lip surgery should take about 40 minutes. The surgeon will cut along the outline and remove the strip of bullhorn skin. They will then anchor the remaining skin to the base of your nose, allowing sutures to fall neatly into the crease of your nose. This means that the lip lift scarring should be minimum and virtually invisible to the naked eye. The distance between your nose and mouth will be shorter, allowing for a more appealing smile. Since no muscles or nerves are involved during this procedure, you will not experience a loss of sensation in the lip or nose area.

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Lip Lift Recovery

Lip lift recovery is relatively straightforward. There will be some stitches placed at the base of your nose, and they will be taken out 5 to 7 days post-op. You can expect to have some tightness and discomfort, so make sure you take your pain medications as prescribed. Pain and tightness may last up to 3 to 4 weeks. You can expect to experience swelling in the nose and mouth area for the first 7 to 14 days. Even with the discomfort, you should be able to return to your normal routine within 10 days. Here are some care tips to help with your lip lift recovery.
  • Ensure you get plenty of rest and take your medication as your doctor has prescribed.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities for the first 7 days, this includes bending and lifting heavy objects.
  • Avoid eating salty foods or foods that require a lot of chewing. It will be best to stay away from hot drinks for the first 48 hours. Try to stick with soft foods for the first few days after your surgery.
  • Do not sleep on your face. You will need to sleep on your back with your head elevated.
  • Refrain from opening your mouth too wide, as it could affect your sutures.
  • Be gentle when brushing your teeth.
  • Make sure to keep your incision clean and apply antibiotic ointment twice a day.
  • You will want to properly moisturize your lips with Vaseline, Carmex or a similar lip balm for the first 3 weeks.

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Asked Questions

Differences Between a Lip Lift and a Lip Augmentation?

With a lift, a portion of skin between the nose and upper lip is removed, allowing for the lip to be lifted higher. It requires local anesthetic and sutures. There is little to no scarring, as the stitches are placed in the crease of the nose. This procedure can be done to help decrease aging, improve your smile, and shorten the distance between the nose and mouth. Lip augmentation is done to help make lips fuller. This can be done with hyaluronic acid filler. Advancements have significantly improved this procedure while allowing for longer-lasting results. This is a great option for those who want to see what their lips would look like with more volume, but are not ready to commit to surgery.

How Much Does a Lip Lift Procedure Cost?

The cost of a lip lift is between $3,300 and $13,000. It varies based on the quality of the facility, the experience of the surgeon, and the patient’s desired results. The average cost includes post-op care and the surgeon’s fee. At Nazarian Plastic Surgery we offer financing options to break the cost down into manageable payments.

Are You Interested in a Lip Lift?

Dr. Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM, is a board-certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. Nazarian Plastic Surgery offers a number of plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical treatments. If you are not sure if this procedure is right for you, then schedule a consultation and allow Dr. Nazarian to make suggestions on treatment options. Nazarian Plastic Surgery is fully dedicated to providing natural-looking results combined with outstanding patient care.

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Posted by Nazarian Plastic Surgery on Thursday, May 2, 2019