Patients who want to gain a fresh look to the lips (such as a fuller and thicker appearance) often choose to have a lip lift to gain the desired changes. In general, a lip lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed to shorten the space between the top of the lip and the nose of a patient. The procedure is able to provide a greater amount of visible pink lip tissue. When it comes to having a lip lift, there are multiple choices that can provide different results.
Before we discuss what happens during the procedure, check out the “Lip Lift Q&A” from Cosmetic Town TV:
As mentioned above, a lip lift can shorten the space that runs between the top lip and nose of a person. (FYI: The name for this part of the face is known as the philtrum). One of the main purposes of the procedure is to eliminate some of the thinness that is present in the upper lip.
During a lip lift, the surgeon will create an incision either above the lip or around the base of the nose. Once the incision is created, the surgeon will remove a small amount of skin in the targeted area and then lift the lip in an upward manner towards the nose so it can be secured into place.
The final result of the lip lift will permanently see the lip having a larger height as well as a more visible pout to the lips.
Patients that do not want to have a surgical lip lift can have filler injected into the lips to restore their natural contour. However, the results are not permanent, and patients will need to have follow-up treatments to maintain the results.
Some of the most common types of lip lifts include:
Overall, a lip lift is a good option for someone who wants lips that have an appearance that is fuller and thicker. In addition, a lip lift can be an ideal choice for a person who wants less space between the upper lip and the nose especially if this space increases with age.
Once the lip lift is performed, the patient will need to rest for 24 hours after the treatment. The person should avoid exercising for a week or two while the treated area of the lips properly heals. There should be no lifting of heavy items or performing strenuous activities during the healing process.
The patient will need to eat soft food for a few days after the surgery and not open the mouth too wide, so the sutures are able to remain intact. The person who had the lip lift will need to sleep on their back with their head elevated as well as moisturize the lips using some form of lip balm for one to three weeks after the surgery.
Since a lip lift is a surgical procedure, some of the possible complications include nerve damage, infection, scarring, and bruising.
Patients who are interested in having a lip lift should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified surgeon who is experienced in performing the procedure. The surgeon will examine the current condition of the lips to determine which lip lift option will provide the desired results. The surgeon will also check the lips to see if the surgery needs to be performed for reconstruction purposes or to address a congenital disability (these are reasons the surgery might be covered by insurance).
The patient also needs to ask for “before and after” photos of actual patients treated by the doctor so the person can get a better idea about the type of results they can expect to see after the surgery.