As we age the skin between the nose and upper lip lengthens. Many people choose to use filler to reverse this sign of aging; but for some people continuously getting filler can get a bit annoying. A lift lip is a more permanent option for correcting this issue.
What is a lift lip?
There are technically two types of lip lifts: an upper lift lip and a corner lip lift. Usually when referring to a lip lift people are referencing an upper lift lip which is the more common of the two.
An upper lift lift shortens the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose. This increases the amount of your lip that is seen, allows for more of your teeth to be shown, and gives you fuller, more youthful looking lips. People who get upper lip lifts are usually trying to fix issues such as teeth not showing when smiling, long space between the nose and the upper lip, thin flat lips, or for some patients lip filler just won’t do the trick because the upper lip doesn’t have the room to expand vertically (duck lips).
A corner lip lift only involves the edges of your mouth and is performed specifically for people who feel like they have a “permanent frown”. It is possible but not always necessary for both the upper lip lift and the corner lip lift to be performed together. However, a corner lip lift is only required if the patient has a permanent frown where the corners of their mouth are permanently turned down.
Can I still get lip filler after a lip lift?
Yes you can. In fact, for some patients this procedure is performed so that their lip filler can look better. After a lip lift, the whole “duck lips” issue should be non-existent.
How does it work?
UPPER LIP LIFT
Simply put, skin is removed below the base of the nose and then pulled up (lifting your lip up towards your nose). An incisions made directly below the nose and a small strip of skin and tissue is removed. The lip is elevated when the skin is sutured back below the nose exposing more of your teeth and permanently increasing the volume of the pink part of your lip.
CORNER LIP LIFT
During a corner lip lift a “wedge incision” is made directly above the corners of your mouth. We use dissolvable sutures to close the incision point.
Both procedures take about an hour and a half each and are performed under local anesthesia. No muscles or nerves are cut into during either procedure.
Does it leave scars?
Because the incision is directly below the nose the scar is practically invisible after healing because it exists in the same place that a natural fold in your face exists.
How long does it last?
The results from this procedure are permanent.
Is it painful?
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. There is no sedation required. During the procedure you will not feel any pain but there may be some pain and swelling during the recovery process.
What is the downtime after a lip lift?
Immediately following the procedure you can go home and you can return to work three to four days after surgery. However, you will experience swelling and tightness for the first few weeks following the procedure. The sutures are removed 3 to 5 days later, and subsequent follow up appointments will be requested. Swelling should go down within the first week or two and should be completely gone after one month. Only soft foods should be eaten for the first three to five days post-op.