A more visible lip. More of the vermillion (red color) showing in the frontal view. A shorter distance from the top of the lip to the nose.
Depending on each individual patient’s needs, lip lifts can either be done at the margin of the upper lip or just under the nose. Lip Lifts are done in the office under a local lip block and direct local injections. The unwanted tissue is excised and the lip advanced upward.
Recuperation and Healing
Sutures are placed either below the nose or more commonly above the margin of the lip and are removed in 4 days. Bruising and swelling last about a week. Once healing is complete in 4-6 weeks, the scars are faint and difficult to see.
The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual. For more information regarding lip lifts or any other lip treatments, visit the Lip Procedures home page.