Look Younger Looking, More Beautiful with Lip Lift Surgery!
A lip lift is a simple, in-office surgical procedure done by a plastic surgeon that elevates the upper lip and “flips” it out ward to make it appear fuller. Lip lift surgery can be performed to shorten the distance between the nose and the top lip, or to increase the amount of lip that shows, or both.
Many patients who are dissatisfied with the size and shape of their lips turn to lip fillers such as Juvéderm. Others undergo a quick Botox “lip flip” procedure that temporarily relaxes the muscles around the mouth to make the top lip look bigger. But a surgical lip lift can offer a more permanent solution. If you look at the before and after photo below, you can see exactly how dramatically a lift lip raises the top lip – making it appear significantly fuller – while also reducing the space above the lip.
Who is a Candidate for Lip Lift Surgery
A person is a good candidate for lip lift surgery if the distance between the nose and lip is too long, or if their upper lip is naturally very thin.
In many individuals with an elongated upper lip you cannot see their upper teeth – at rest or when they smile – because the top lip hangs lower and covers their teeth. When the mouth sits too far down on the face like this it can also give the appearance of being sad, “too serious” or having a “long face”.
Sometimes this is simply the facial features a person was born with. But other patients may experience stretching and lengthening of the upper lip as they age, due to gravity over the years. When this happens the lip often “rolls” inward giving the appearance of aged, thin lips.
Since thinning lips are universally associated with the elderly, inward rolling lips can add years to one’s appearance. But raising and “flipping” the lip outward can truly turn back time as well as enhance facial proportions for a more beautiful face.
Lip Lift Surgery Procedure
When a lip lift is performed in our Birmingham, MI office by renowned Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ali, the patient does not need to be “knocked out” with anesthetic. Instead numbing medicine is injected into the area, much like a dentist uses.
The procedure begins with Dr. Ali making skin markings on the upper lip, based on the surgical plan he has designed with the patient.
Next, a small amount of excess skin between the bottom of the nostrils and the upper lip is removed. The incision is then closed with tiny sutures (“stitches”). The incision can be cleverly concealed by a skilled plastic surgeon under the nostrils, and will eventually fade over time, so it is virtually undetectable.
The lip lift is a very straightforward surgical procedure that can be done alone – or can be combined with other facial surgeries such as rhinoplasty or a facelift.
Following a lip lift surgery, the area is kept covered with antibiotic ointment, and the stitches will be removed at a follow-up appointment a few days later. Some swelling is a normal part of healing and not dangerous.
Most patients take a week or so off of work. And exercise and physical exertion should be avoided for initial healing period which is around two weeks. Complete results should take a couple months – at which time the swelling and tenderness is typically subsided and the complete, beautiful results can be seen.
Lip Lift Surgery Results
It is hard to believe how raising and flipping the lips just a few millimeters can reverse the appearance of aging and enhance the appearance. Even better – unlike dermal fillers – results of a surgical lip lift are permanent. And while the overall face will continue to mature as normal aging progresses, the lips will stay in this youthful, elevated position.
So, though more expensive than Botox or dermal fillers – lip lift surgery can actually be cheaper in the long run. When compared to the expense of Botox lip flips or Juvéderm lip filler injections a few times a year over a couple decades, a “one-and-done” lip lift surgery actually costs less.
Lip Lift Surgery | Troy, MI Area
Doctor Ali is a Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon, as well as an experienced Botox and dermal filler specialist. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your lips, he offers the most advanced and effective treatments to enhance the lips to help you look and feel younger and more beautiful.
Additionally, AMAE is one of only a few providers in the entire Detroit area to offer Vectra three-dimensional computerized imaging of the patient’s face – so that Dr. Ali can show you your options and the expected outcomes before your cosmetic surgery or aesthetic procedure.
Dr. will take the time to understand your appearance goals, assess your facial and skin condition, and develop a lip enhancement plan that is right for you. Schedule a consultation to see if lip fillers, Botox, or lip lift surgery is right for you!