Lip Lift

In an era where plump pouts are touted as ideal, many people are tapping into the powers of Lip Enhancement through the forms of lip plumping topical treatments, lip suction devices and lip injections. Though these may lead to effective results, they are all temporary and may lead to less natural-looking (or too natural) appearance if not done correctly. This is why many of our patients, who are either tired of faking a pout or who are looking for a more natural-looking lip enhancement, opt for a Lip Lift.


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About Lip Lift

by Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Are you the ideal candidate for a lip lift?

In an era where plump pouts are touted as ideal, many people are tapping into the powers of Lip Enhancement through the forms of lip plumping topical treatments, lip suction devices and lip injections. Though these may lead to effective results, they are all temporary and may lead to less natural-looking (or too natural) appearance if not done correctly. This is why many of our patients, who are either tired of faking a pout or who are looking for a more natural-looking lip enhancement, opt for a Lip Lift.


How it works:

A lip lift (or lip augmentation) is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made either underneath the columella (the area of skin and tissue between the nostrils) or along the upper lip line where the philtrum is situated. A small strip of skin is then removed in order to lift the upper lip and expose the pink flesh underneath, creating a natural and fuller, more youthful appearance to the mouth.

 

Dr. Kassir will hold an initial consultation in order to evaluate the proportions of the face, the target area and the dimensions of the lip region. He will then gauge the type of technique appropriate for achieving the desired result.


Procedure:

A lip lift (lip augmentation) is typically performed under local anesthesia (the patient is numb, but alert) and can be completed in about an hour.


The technique used in a lip lift (lip augmentation) procedure may vary depending on the target area and the dimensions of the individual’s face. There are three main techniques used by surgeons for a lip lift (lip augmentation).


Bull Horn Lip Lift: A small incision is made directly under the columella, then a strip of skin and tissue (in the shape that resembles a bull’s horn) is removed. This lifts the left, middle and right portions of the upper lip.


Gull Whip Lip Lift: A small strip of skin located right about the cupid’s bow is removed, exposing the pink flesh underneath and expanding the dimensions of the lip. Though this technique can be performed to meet specific needs, it is not the most popular as visible scarring on the surface of the lips commonly occurs.


Italian Lip Lift: Instead of one continuous incision, two small individual incisions are made directly underneath each nostril. A small portion from the central area under each nostril is then removed in order to lift the middle region of the lip to create a fuller pout.


Though these surgical techniques vary, each of these lip lift styles solely target the upper lip area, leaving the corners of the mouth untouched. If you find that you are noticing drooping or a frowning occurring at the corners of your lips, a Corner Lip Lift is your ideal remedy. A corner lip lift involves heart-shaped or triangular incisions are created around the side and above the corners of the lips. This lifts them to form a more pleasant resting face.



Recovery Process:

The recovery process varies from individual to individual, depending on how quickly their body recovers. Typically, patients will experience swelling, stiffness and discomfort around the mouth for the first 48 hours. These symptoms will gradually diminish over the next 7-10 days after surgery. In order to make the recovery process easier, Dr. Kassir provides clear and concise instructions for post-recovery and also will prescribe medications to alleviate discomfort and assist in healing.   


Results:

The ideal candidate is someone whose space between their nose and mouth exceeds 1.8 cm. Because the procedure involves decreasing the space between this area to achieve a lifted lip, the results for these individuals will be dramatic. For those whose range is closer to 1.8 cm, they will see a difference, but it will not be as significant.


Often, patients will pair this procedure with microdermabrasion in order to smooth and soften any appearance of lip lines, leaving them with a healthy, youthful-looking pout.

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