Lip lift procedure is usually suggested by me during consultation as most patients are unaware that there is an imbalance in their face or that such a procedure even exists. Over the years few procedures have provided me or my patients with as much gratification as shortening the upper lift when indicated.
A beautiful face has a certain harmony to it and the length of the upper lip plays a vital role in creating a youthful, happy, or sometimes sexy appearance. I have been doing lip lift procedure for 16 years and over that time I have gotten more discerning about when to employ it and when not to. The operation is relatively simple to perform but requires a great attention to detail and meticulous technique. Often this is a procedure that is done in combination with other facial procedures but it can also be done independently.
Lip Lift Candidates
The usual candidates are those born with very thin lips or a long distance between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip border. Aging also creates increased length and a loss of lip volume so that this lip lift procedure is very helpful for rejuvenating the face in many patients, both men and women. The trade off with lip lift technique is an incisional scar at the base of the nose. The great majority of the time this scar heals to a point of being unnoticeable to any casual observer, even without makeup. However, healing is not completely predictable and there are times when the scar requires some help with such things as laser or injections or dermabrasion. If the patients are chosen carefully for this procedure then the net gain is always substantially greater than any downside and we have happy patients and surgeon.
There are other surgical techniques that I use to improve the appearance of the lips or mouth and some involve incisions inside of the lip or even on the face just above the corners of the mouth. It is not incumbent upon my patients to inquire about specific techniques, but simply to tell me what is bothering them or what ideally they would like their mouth to look like. I will make suggestions based on those things taking into account the individual person and the risk/benefit profile.