Upper Lip Lift
The Upper Lip Lift procedure is designed to improve the appearance of the upper lips. Younger patients with thin, under-emphasized lips who would like to avoid a “plumped up” appearance with lip filler may benefit from an upper lip lift to highlight the red lip and increase tooth show, leading to a more attractive looking mouth at rest. Older patients concerned with a long, droopy upper lip are also great candidates for the upper lip lift procedure, which can provide long-term lip enhancement with minimal downtime.
The procedure is performed using an incision within a natural crease at the base of the nose that results in a practically imperceptible scar. It can be done awake with local anesthesia alone or under twilight sedation. The procedure is practically painless other than the mild discomfort associated with the numbing process. Dr. Roy has adopted new and modified techniques to improve long-term outcomes for his patients, ensure a rapid recovery, optimal healing and avoidance of nostril distortion associated with traditional procedures.
Results are subtle and natural, but lead to a substantial improvement in the appearance of the upper lip.
Sutures typically remain in for 1 week, and patients are advised to avoid moving the lips excessively for about 10 days. Low impact activities can be resumed after 2-3 weeks, which is also the approximate timeframe for social recovery (i.e. ability to be seen without any noticeable evidence of a procedure having been done).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who is a good candidate for an upper lip lift?
Patients in their 20s and up to their 60s with long, thin and not-so-prominent lips are good candidates for an upper lip lift as long as they are in good health with no history of abnormal healing. The procedure can be performed on patients of all skin types/colors.
2. Are results from an upper lip lift immediate?
Results from an upper lip lift will become apparent around the 2-3 week mark once most of the swelling and any bruising from the procedure has subsided. Patients are able to resume daily activities at this point. The final outcome can be appreciated more fully after 3 months when the majority of healing has occurred, with continued improvement over the course of 1 year.
3. Can patients with pre-existing tooth show undergo an upper lip lift?
An upper lip lift will increase tooth show, which may not be appropriate in certain individuals that already have an adequate amount of tooth show. In these cases, referral to a cosmetic dentist may be appropriate to shorten the teeth, which may then allow an upper lip lift procedure to be performed in indicated.