What Is a Lip Lift? Doctors Explain the Plastic Surgery Procedure That Could Replace Lip Filler

There’s the Corner Lip Lift, which lifts the corners of the lips rather than the center for a more defined, lifted look. “We remove a triangular piece of skin at the corner of the lip to give it a lift,” says Dr. kwak. “Someone who has lateral lip extension or puckering may be a better candidate for this type of technique.” This procedure can also complement subnasal lip lifts.

There is also the non-surgical in-office lip flip that uses neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin to create the illusion of a fuller upper lip. “The neuromodulators temporarily paralyze the muscles of the upper lip, causing it to flare out,” explains cosmetic dermatologist DiAnne Davis. She points out that this can be combined with fillers for more dramatic results.

How is a lip lift performed?

Usually performed under local anesthesia in less than an hour, the surgery shortens the space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips by excising a melancholy strip of skin just below the nostrils. “The procedure raises the vermilion border [the edges of the lips]making the lips look better and defining the cupid’s bow so its curves are prominent and clear,” says Jennifer L. Walden, a plastic surgeon in Austin.

Doctors essentially remove a wedge of skin when they perform a lip lift — the bigger the wedge, the bigger the lift — but the results are still customizable during surgery. “We can manipulate the shape of the excision to make subtle changes to the cupid’s bow, such as giving its tips more pronounced reinforcement or minimizing asymmetry,” says New York City plastic surgeon David Shafer.

Known as the subnasal lip lift, plastic surgeon Edward S. Kwak points out that the placement of this skin removal is quite thoughtful. “The placement is along a natural contour of the lower part of the nose,” he says. “So it’s a contour right at the bottom of the nose and nostrils and it’s a pretty camouflaged or unobtrusive incision.”

How is recovery?

As with any surgery, downtime is to be expected. Most patients don’t typically need prescription pain medication—just some ice and Tylenol. According to Sheila Nazarian MD, a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. You can expect a slight tugging for three days and swelling for two weeks. After about a week, the threads come out and redness can be concealed with concealer.

https://www.allure.com/story/lip-lift-plastic-surgery-procedure What Is a Lip Lift? Doctors Explain the Plastic Surgery Procedure That Could Replace Lip Filler

Sarah Ridley

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