As we age, the lips may begin to shrink and lose definition. This change can create a sagging effect because less of the teeth are revealed during a relaxed smile. A lip lift can improve the appearance of the lips and smile by shortening the upper lip and turning the vermilion (the pink part off our lips) outward, which results in a more voluminous and rolled-out lip.
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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 lip. In fact, even patients in their twenties undergo this procedure with wonderful results.
Lip Lift Procedure
A lip lift shortens the space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips. During the procedure, excess skin is removed 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 at 10 days but your mouth may still feel tight for the first few weeks. Swelling should be almost completely gone within 1-2 weeks.