Longer Lasting Lip Solution
The lip lift procedure is gaining in popularity, as fuller natural lips are in demand.
Lip lift surgery provides full, natural-looking lips to patients seeking improvement of their face. This minimally invasive surgical procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia.
Am I a Candidate for Lip Lift Surgery?
Candidates for a lip lift are those whose lips have become thinner or more compressed with age. Younger people with naturally thin lips or those who show few teeth when they smile may also benefit. With a lip lift, the lips become larger without looking puffy, and a younger, more attractive look is achieved.
How Is a Lip Lift Procedure Performed?
After injection of the local anesthetic, a “Bullhorn”-shaped incision is made at the base of the nostril. A strip of skin is removed between the nose and upper lip, and the tissues are lifted upward. This shortens the distance between the base of the nose and the upper lip.
Sutures are placed to close the incision internally and sometimes externally as well. The procedure takes about one hour to perform.
There are other types of lip lift incisions. Ask Dr. Rosen about alternative incisions during your consultation to see which technique is appropriate to provide you with superior results.
What Does Lip Lift Recovery Look Like?
After surgery, patients should take it easy at home. It is important to keep the head elevated and use ice compresses for the first few days. Patients should also minimize lip movements during this time to keep swelling at a minimum.
The patient will return for a follow-up five to seven days to remove any external sutures. Makeup should not be used until two days after the sutures are removed. This is to prevent any adverse reaction to the makeup ingredients. Scar gel may be applied shortly after that, along with sunblock when outside.
Arnica Montana, a homeopathic medicine, can assist by minimizing bruising and swelling.
Vigorous exercise and other activities can increase swelling and should be avoided for up to two weeks.
Final results should be visible within three to six months. There will be minimal scarring, and usually, scars are difficult to see.
What Are the Risks of Lip Lift Surgery?
Lip lift surgery comes with potential risks, like all surgical procedures. The potential side effects may include:
- Permanent scarring
- Slight distortion of the lip
More women than ever are considering lip lift surgery to achieve a younger, fuller appearance in their upper lips without the recurring costs of filler injections.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Lift
How much does a lip lift cost?
The cost of a lip lift will vary depending on the technique used, the extent of correction desired, and associated fees. Dr. Rosen will provide you with a personalized surgical quote after your consultation.
Can a lip lift be combined with other procedures?
Injectables may be an appropriate alternative to lip lift surgery for some patients. While these have the advantage of no incision or scarring, they only provide temporary results. Dermal fillers and neuromodulator injections can be used before or after a lip lift to ensure ideal aesthetic results.
If more significant correction is required, patients can combine their lip surgery with other surgical procedures, such as:
How long do the results of a surgical upper lip lift last?
The effects of a lip lift will be long lasting. However, lip lift surgery does not prevent the natural aging process. This means that new sagging may occur above the lips over time, even after surgery. This process is slow, and most patients will see beneficial results for years or decades to come.
Will lip surgery improve my smile?
One of the main advantages of the lip lift is an improved smile. When properly performed, a lip lift will make your smile more aesthetically pleasing. This is done by:
- Enlarging the appearance of the lips
- Allowing more teeth to be visible while smiling
- Removing lines and wrinkles above the lips
What foods should I eat after my lip lift?
After a lip procedure, patients should focus on soft foods for up to 72 hours. Things like milkshakes, applesauce, oatmeal, or protein shakes can work well.
Be careful not to use a straw, as that can place pressure on the lips. Instead, use a small spoon to eat. Try to avoid moving or touching your lips as much as possible.
After 72 hours, a more normal diet may be resumed. Dr. Rosen recommends that patients eat a high-protein diet for a week after surgery. This can help the healing process.