As we age, the lips may begin to shrink and lose definition creating a sagging effect because not as much of the teeth are revealed during a relaxed smile. Dr. Keith Ladner performs lip lift surgery in Denver to help patients from Parker, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Greenwood Village, and beyond improve the appearance of the lips and smile. By shortening the upper lip and turning the vermilion (the pink part of the lip) outward during a lip lift, Dr. Ladner creates a more voluminous and rolled-out lip for his patients.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?
A lip lift can help patients of any age whose lips are not as full as they would like or who have a long space above their top lip. In fact, even patients in their 20s undergo this procedure with wonderful results.
Lip Lift Procedure
A lip lift shortens the distance between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips. During the procedure, Dr. Ladner removes excess skin from the upper lip just beneath the nose in a bullhorn shape. Subcutaneous sutures are then placed to bolster the strength of the repair and to align the bottom of the nose with the top of the lip. The procedure is typically done in the office under local anesthesia.
After the procedure, the patient is left with a raised vermilion border (the edges of the lips), which defines the Cupid’s bow, so that the lips look more enhanced.
Lip Lift Recovery
A lip lift is done in the office under local anesthesia and typically takes less than 1 hour to perform. You will need to eat soft foods for the first few days. You may return to work 1-2 days after the procedure, but you will still be swollen. Sutures are removed at 1 week. The incision line can usually be concealed with makeup after 10 days but your mouth may still feel tight for the first few weeks. Swelling should be almost completely gone within 1 to 2 weeks.