Longer Lasting Lip Solution
The Lip Lift procedure is gaining in popularity, as fuller natural lips are in demand. The procedure is a minimally invasive minor surgical procedure performed in the office under local Anesthesia. The early indication of a longer upper lip as someone ages is the main indication, but now women with a very thin upper lip, or when they smile they have little or no teeth show are also benefiting from the procedure. With the procedure, a nice fuller, and younger attractive look is achieved.
Lip Lift Procedure
After injection of the local Anesthetic, a “Bullhorn” shaped incision is made at the base of the nostrils and a strip of skin is removed. 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 1 hour to perform.
Lip Lift Recovery
The patient then takes it easy at home, with keeping the head elevated, ice compresses frequently for the first few days and trying to minimize the amount of movement of the lips to keep swelling at a minimum. Arnica Montana, a homeopathic medicine, will assist with minimizing bruising and swelling. The swelling will take a couple of weeks to go down before exercising is permitted. Activity will increase the swelling present. The patient will be checked in about 5-6 days to remove any external sutures used. Makeup should not be used until about 2 days after any sutures are removed to prevent any reaction to the makeup ingredients. Scar gel is started shortly thereafter and sunblock when outside. The final result is seen in about 3-6 months. There will always be a scar but usually, the scar heals quite nicely.
Alternatives to a Lip Lift
Alternatives to a lip lift procedure are filler products that have the advantage of no incision or scar but are temporary and not long-lasting. The side effect potentials are swelling, bruising, numbness, soreness, a permanent scar, and possibly slight distortion of the lip. More women are looking at this procedure as it achieves a younger, fuller appearance to the upper lip region without the recurring costs of filler injections.
Schedule a Lip Lift Consultation
Please call our Connecticut office at 203-899-0000 to find out more information about the Lip Lift and see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.