What is a Lip Lift?
The lips can be one of the most sensuous facial features when they are full and well-shaped. Unfortunately, genetics and aging can impact the shape of the lips. Some people are born with a longer upper lip, while others have aging issues that make the top lip longer and thinner as you get older. The top lip can lengthen, with more space between the nose and lip and less pink showing on your upper lip. This can make your lips look smaller and less shapely. A lip lift can increase the vermillion, or pink, of the upper lip and shorten the length of the lip for an improved shape and appearance. Dr. Mendieta is a highly respected plastic surgeon at 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery who can perform intricate lip lift surgery to reshape your lips at our clinic in Miami, FL.
Am I a Good Candidate for Lip Lift Surgery?
Individuals unhappy with the appearance of their upper lip or lip symmetry may be good candidates for lip lift surgery. Those born with a longer upper lip or those who have noticed a lengthening of their upper lip as they age can benefit from a lip lift to shorten the space between the upper lip and nose. Lip lifts can also reveal more of the pink lip for a fuller appearance for those with thin upper lips. Good candidates will also be healthy and agree to not use tobacco products or anti-inflammatory medications for two weeks before their surgery.
Lip Lift Surgery Procedure
To perform a lip lift, an incision is made below the columella of the nose, the separating barrier between the nostrils. This incision is used to remove a strip of skin and elevate the upper lip, reducing the space between the nose and upper lip. Dr. Mendieta carefully shapes the upper lip to create a fuller, more sensuous appearance that looks attractive and youthful. When elevating the upper lip, more of the vermillion or pink lip is exposed for a fuller top lip. Dr. Mendieta can also reshape the lip and correct asymmetry issues for a balanced, beautiful mouth.
Lip lift Recovery
Lip lift surgery is performed under anesthesia so patients will need a family member or friend to bring them home after the procedure. The incision is located right under the nose or inside the nostrils, which will hide the scar as it heals. Patients should expect swelling for 2-3 days after the procedure that will dissipate while they heal during the week after surgery. Most people can return to work or normal activities a week after a lip lift. Additional facial procedures or strenuous activities should be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery.
Lip Lift FAQs
Why do people get a lip lift?
Some of the main reasons people seek a lip lift at 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL include:
- Shorten a genetically longer upper lip for better facial balance
- Improve the width or volume of the pink upper lip
- Reveal more of the upper teeth for an improved smile
- Shorten an upper lip that has lengthened with age
- Improve the symmetry and shape of the lips
Will the scar be noticeable?
Dr. Mendieta is a highly skilled plastic surgeon who can carefully place the incision in the crease under the nose or inside the nostrils to hide the scar. Once healed, the scar will not be visible to most people.
When will I see results?
The results of your lip lift procedure will be noticeable once the swelling dissipates in a few days, and will improve over time. As the skin and tissue heal, the upper lip will improve in shape and symmetry.