lip lift by cosmetic surgery of lip lifting

by / Saturday, 11 August 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

Many patients interested in an upper lip lift, or upper lip shortening, are clearly bothered by an excessively long upper lip when looking straight on in the resting state (meaning without movement of the lip). This is demonstrated in the adjacent photo where you can easily appreciate that the upper lip in this female patient is too long for her lower face. In fact, the length of her upper lip in the vertical direction almost appears as long as the lower lip-chin length. This feature alone is sufficient to consider an upper lip shortening procedure to create more harmony and balance.

full, pink and pouty lips are often associated with youth. But when your facial skin starts to sag and lose its elasticity, your lips may share some of the burden. The vermilion (pink part of your upper lip) basically disappears. What’s more, there is a visible lengthening of the distance from the base of your nose to your lip border, which can hide your teeth when you smile. doctor tarzi recommend that If you have a thin upper lip, or if your upper lip is longer than your bottom lip, you may be a candidate for an upper lip lift by surgery to get the best result.

upper lip lift

upper lip lift

The Upper Lip Lift is an incredibly elegant and subtle procedure. Most of our patients presenting to discuss this procedure learn about it only after having been filled improperly for years. It is a fantastic solution for so many issues related to the upper lip, yet so few people know to look for it. There are many forms of lip lifting procedures for the upper lip. Most surgeons rarely perform these procedures, so they hesitate to perform them in order to avoid unsightly scarring in their patients. Older forms of lip lifts focused on lifting the lip at the vermillion lip border. This would leave them with a poorly defined lip border with blunted definition and a never-ending need for make up. Newer techniques have emerged recently, which are better able to improve the appearance of the upper lip and mouth. Procedures like Corner Lip Lifts are used judiciously in older patients to lift the corners of the mouth.

why would I need a lip lift?

 This procedure may benefit younger and older patients alike. In younger patients, the procedure is typically used to avoid obtaining a plastic appearance with fillers. It is important to understand that not all lips will benefit from fillers. The Lift gives the upper lip a lighter and more defined appearance with greater volume and tooth show. As you age, the upper lip loses volume and increases in length. When performed in older patients, the lift helps restore a more youthful facial balance and sensuality around the mouth. It also works wonders for improving lost lip volume as well as lipstick bleed lines and wrinkles.


During the upper lip lift procedure

During the upper lip lift procedure, excess skin is removed in the upper lip area to shorten its vertical length. To achieve the desired measurement, one of two techniques can be performed. The first involves an incision made along the red lip border (lip roll), where a small section of the skin is then removed. As a result, the upper lip is elevated and shortened. However, this technique can cause a scar to be prominent in some patients.

lip lift procedure

The second and more popular approach involves making an incision under the nose where it meets the upper lip. This is called a subnasale upper lip lift since the incision is placed below (sub) the nose (nasale). This type of lip lift has also been commonly referred to as a bull horn upper lip lift based on the shape of the actual incision used for the lift. This is shown in the adjacent photo diagram as indicated by the red outline.  As you can see, the upper limb of the incision follows the natural contour of the upper lip just below the nose. The lower limb approximates a mirror image of the upper limb and determines the amount of skin that will be removed. Once the excess amount of skin is removed, the upper lip is lifted by suturing the cut edges together. It is real important to close the incision in layers – meaning it is vital that sutures are placed deep underneath the skin to provide adequate strength for the lip to maintain proper shape. Once the deep sutures are placed, the skin edges are then meticulously aligned to make the incision as least visible as possible.

Recovery from an Upper Lip Lift

Recovery from a subnasale lip lift varies between 5-7 days before you look more publicly presentable. There is usually a moderate amount of swelling the first 72 hours, which can be controlled with cold compresses over the upper lip. Pain is controlled with low dose narcotic medication, such as Vicodin. The sutures are typically removed around 5 days out from the surgery. There is normally some degree of what is called wound eversion, where the incision looks raised up slightly like a ridge.

result and benefit

result and benefit

The end result of a Lip Lift is subtle, but the benefits are substantial. Several changes are noted almost immediately:

  • Shortening of the lip length between the nose and mouth
  • Increased tooth show
  • Increased sensuality of the mouth
  • Shortening of the perceived length of the lower midface
  • Turning the Cupid’s Bow upwards – Lip Eversion
  • Increasing volume of the pink and white lip
  • Improvement of lipstick bleed lines and wrinkles
  • Subtle improvement of the corners of the mouth
  • Makes the lips and lower face appear younger
  • Improves the definition of the philtral columns and Cupid’s Bow
  • Improvement by offsetting the balance seen in patients with a simian appearance around the mouth
  • Decreased need for fillers

who is the best lip lift durgeon?

The answer to this can only be found by researching physicians in your area. You should look for several things when analyzing photos. Although this is an easy procedure to undergo and even easier to perform, there are many nuances that only experienced surgeons in the field of lip lifting truly appreciate. Be sure to analyze as many before and after photos as possible.

Other treatment

 The lip lift has not yet reached the top 20 most sought-after cosmetic surgical procedures because a number of non-surgical techniques as gel or fat injection achieve similar results. The effects of most non-surgical procedures, however usually last a maximum of six months, whereas the effects of a surgical lip liftcan last many years.

Upper Lip Lift Cost

If you are having other lip enhancement procedures performed at the same time, the cost will be higher. These procedures are typically considered cosmetic, and as such are not covered by insurance. If the cost is prohibitive, ask about payment or financing plans.

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