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Improve Lip Shape,
Volume, and Symmetry

A surgical lip lift enhances the appearance of the lips by reshaping and repositioning them. Typically, it addresses concerns like a thin upper lip, elongated philtrum (the space between the nose and upper lip), and a lack of definition in the lip border. During the procedure, excess skin is removed from the area above the upper lip, allowing for a more prominent lip contour.

This surgery offers a permanent solution for individuals seeking to improve the balance and symmetry of their lips. By raising the upper lip and exposing more of the vermilion (the red portion of the lips), the lip lift creates a fuller and more youthful appearance. Our surgeons use advanced techniques and short incisions to ensure optimal results with minimal scarring.

Surgical Lip Lift Treats:

  • Thinning lips
  • Elongated philtrum
  • Lack of upper lip visibility
  • Flat or undefined lip shape
  • Drooping corners of the mouth
  • Uneven lip symmetry

Ideal Candidates for a Surgical Lip Lift:

  • Individuals with a lack of upper lip visibility who desire a more balanced smile
  • Those desiring a more prominent upper lip for improved symmetry
  • Patients with realistic expectations and a positive attitude toward the procedure
  • Non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking for a specified period before and after surgery
  • Individuals with good overall health, free from medical conditions that increase surgical risks
  • Those with stable mental and emotional well-being
  • Patients experiencing age-related changes in lip appearance

Personalized Lip Procedure Evaluation

Our surgeons at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates will determine your candidacy after an evaluation. During the evaluation, our surgeons will assess your lip anatomy, discuss your goals and expectations, review your medical history, and ensure you are in good health for the procedure. Additionally, they may take photographs, perform measurements, and discuss potential risks and benefits to tailor a treatment plan specifically for you.

Surgical Lip Lift FAQs

How is a surgical lip lift performed?

During a surgical lip lift, a small incision is made either under the nose or along the lip border. Excess tissue is removed through this incision, and the upper lip is lifted and tightened. The procedure may involve shortening the distance between the nose and upper lip (philtrum) and revealing more of the vermilion (red part of the lip) to create a more prominent upper lip.

What type of anesthesia is used for a surgical lip lift?

A surgical lip lift is often performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation. This means the treated area will be numbed, and you may also receive medication to help you relax during the procedure. In some cases, general anesthesia may be used, particularly if additional procedures are being performed concurrently.

Is a surgical lip lift a painful procedure?

Most individuals report minimal pain during and after a surgical lip lift. Any discomfort experienced during the procedure is well-managed with anesthesia, and post-operative pain can usually be controlled with prescribed pain medications. However, some swelling, bruising, and tenderness in the treated area are normal during the initial recovery period.

What is the recovery like after a surgical lip lift?

The initial recovery period after a surgical lip lift typically involves swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can last for about 1-2 weeks. During this time, it’s essential to follow post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon, which may include keeping the head elevated, applying ice packs to reduce swelling, and avoiding strenuous activities. Most patients can resume normal daily activities within a week but should avoid strenuous exercise and activities that may strain the lip area for a few weeks.

How long do the results of a surgical lip lift last?

The results of a surgical lip lift are considered permanent, as the procedure alters the underlying structures of the lips. However, your lip shape may naturally change over time due to aging processes and lifestyle factors like smoking, sun exposure, and weight fluctuations. With proper care, the enhanced lip contour can last for years or decades.

Schedule Your Consultation

Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates is your trusted destination for comprehensive cosmetic surgeries, including surgical lip lifts. Our dermatologists and surgeons are committed to helping you achieve your unique aesthetic goals. We support you through every stage of the surgical process, from the initial consultation to the final stages of recovery. If you’re considering a surgical lip lift to enhance your lip contour and achieve a more youthful appearance, we invite you to schedule a consultation with us today.


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