A Lip Lift is a good option for patients looking for a more permanent lip enhancement. This small surgical correction can be very rewarding, especially for aging patients. Often, with age, the upper lip tends to elongate. For example, if one were to compare the height of his or her lips during their twenties to that in their fifties or sixties, there is usually a considerable and visible increase in length and loss off pout as a person ages. A simple solution for lip enhancement is injection with either fillers (such as Juvederm) or fat injection. However, a filler will only last about 10 months and fat transfer has even more limitations. It is also important to remember that both of these filler procedures do not, in fact, shorten the lip but just enlarge it. A Lip Lift procedure truly corrects the problem of elongated lips and can even be beneficial to younger patients.
Lip Lift – FAQs:
What is a Lip lift?
A Lip Lift is a surgical procedure performed in order to shorten the height of elongated lips, enhance lip appearance and provide more pout.
How is it performed?
A Lip Lift is usually performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, a segment of the upper lip skin under the nose is excised and removed and a new lip is reconstructed. The procedure takes about 45 minutes and one follow up procedure. The follow up is for the purpose of removing sutures placed under the nose and is usually done about 5 days after the Lip Lift.
What are the complications?
As with any surgical procedure, infection and bleeding are a risk but the chances of these side effects occurring are extremely low. There is a slight concern of a visible scar forming under the nose, but such a possible scar is usually hidden well in the creases of the naso-labial junction.