As we age the skin between the nose and upper lip lengthens. Many people choose to use filler to reverse this sign of aging. A lift lip is a more permanent option for correcting this issue.
There are two types of lip lifts: an upper lift lip and a corner lip lift. When referring to a lip lift, people are usually referencing an upper lift lip which is the more common of the two.
An upper lip lift shortens the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose. This procedure increases the amount of your lip that is seen, aing for more of your teeth to be shown, and giving you fuller, more youthful looking lips. An upper lip lifts can correct issues such as teeth not showing when smiling, long space between the nose and the upper lip, and thin flat 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.
Yes, you can. In fact, for some patients this procedure is performed so that their lip filler can look better.
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 incision is 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.
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.
The results from this procedure are permanent.
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.
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.