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Surgical Lip Lift


If you have a thin upper lip and are tired of getting lip fillers or if lip fillers have never worked for you, a surgical lip lift is a permanent solution to achieving a full, natural and youthful looking upper lip.

What is a Surgical Lip Lift?

A surgical lip lift is a simple procedure that creates a full and natural looking upper lip for those individuals that have a very thin upper lip or in some instances have almost no upper lip at all. The surgery is best suited for those patients who are looking for a permanent full upper lip, for whom dermal fillers may not work or are simply tired of re-treating the area.

The surgical lip lift is also a great procedure for creating a more balanced look to the face by shortening the space between the nose and the upper lip, also known as the philtrum.

The surgical lip lift procedure consists of removing some skin between your lip and nose and shortening the gap, while at the same time pulling up the upper lip in order to make the pink part of the lip, also known as the vermillion, more visible, thereby creating a fuller, more pronounced and natural looking upper lip.

The Surgical Lip Lift Procedure

The surgical lip lift procedure is a simple and quick outpatient procedure that takes on average 30 minutes. It is usually performed under a local anesthetic, but we can also provide you with a mild sedative if you would prefer not to be awake during the procedure.

The Best Candidates for a Surgical Lip Lift

The best candidates for a surgical lip lift are individuals who have a significantly thinner upper lip, for whom dermal fillers typically don’t work or are simply looking for a permanent result. The surgical lip lift is also a very effective procedure for those who have a large gap between their nose and mouth and who are looking to achieve a more balanced and youthful quality to their face.

In order for the procedure to yield successful results you need to have a large enough gap between the nose and the mouth since the procedure involves shortening this distance. We therefore don’t recommend this surgery for those who have a short gap between their mouth and nose, for these individuals we will typically recommend other alternatives in order to plump up the upper lip such as filler or other non-surgical options.

Preparing for a Surgical Lip Lift

Following your consultation your surgeon will give you guidelines as to how to prepare for your surgery. You’ll be asked to stop taking aspirin and blood thinners approximately two weeks prior to your surgery.

If you’re a smoker you will need to stop smoking 2 months prior to your surgery and for 2 months following your surgery. Smoking impedes healing and can affect your recovery and final result, as well as have adverse effects on your anesthesia.

You won’t be able to eat or drink for 6 hours before your surgery and you’ll need to avoid alcohol for 48 hours prior to your procedure.

Recovery After a Surgical Lip Lift

You’ll need to take one week off work following your surgery and avoid any strenuous activity such as high impact workouts or anything that might put strain on your upper lip, such as bending over forwards for instance.

Your upper lip will appear quite large in the first few days following your surgery, primarily due to swelling. Your upper lip may also feel stiff but you’ll still be able to eat, drink, and chew. It may feel a little strange when you speak and smile, but there is usually no pain, and bruising if any, is minimal following a surgical lip lift.

You’ll need to avoid sleeping on your face or putting any pressure on the area. And you’ll need to take care when brushing your teeth.

Your sutures will be removed at your follow-up appointment about 5-7 days following your procedure, after which you’ll be able to return to work and your regular activities.

Will I Have a Scar After My Lip Lift?

Our surgeons are experts when it comes to ensuring that scarring for any surgical procedure is at a minimum and if possible basically imperceptible. Scarring with the surgical lip lift is minimal, and the size of the scars are quite small. Any scars will be hidden within the creases between the nostrils and the face or sometimes even within the nostrils themselves.

For the first few weeks following surgery you’ll be able to easily conceal any scars with make-up. Your surgeon will also tell you how best to take care of your scar, and in time any scars should fade to the point of barely being visible or not at all.

Surgical Lip Lift Risks & Complications

As with every surgery, although rare, there are potential risks and complications to the surgical lip lift including poor wound healing, scarring, nerve damage, blood loss, and allergic reactions to anesthesia.

How Much Does a Surgical Lip Lift Cost?

The cost of a surgical lip lift is dependent on the complexity of your case. When you come in for your complimentary consultation we will discuss your goals, review what needs to be done and then give you an exact quote.

How Long Does a Surgical Lip Lift Last?

A surgical lip lift is permanent and only needs to be performed once.

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