To date, the top five most popular cosmetic surgeries across the U.S. include breast augmentation, nose reshaping, facelift, eyelid lift, and liposuction. While lip filler might not be as popular, it still falls into the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, with over 3.4 million procedures performed, countrywide.
The truth is, most people are aware of lip plumping procedures that include fillers or implants, but not many people know about lip lift surgery and the long-lasting results it offers.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to fuller lips and a youthful appearance, here’s why this surgery could be perfect for you.
Lip Lift Surgery: How Does It Work?
Age and gravity work hand-in-hand. As we grow older, gravity wears down our features. For many people, this is most noticeable around the eyes, forehead, mouth, and jawline.
This is where a lip lift procedure can help to freeze the hands of time (for a little while anyway). The procedure also adds volume to the lips to create a more youthful appearance.
So, how does this lip surgery work anyway? In short, the procedure aims to shorten the philtrum — which is the space between the nose and the upper lip.
The overall aim of lip lift surgery is to increase the visibility of pink tissue to make your lips look fuller and more voluptuous. The surgery also helps to lift the mouth area, reversing signs of aging thanks to drooping/sagging skin.
If you’ve always wanted to add height to your upper lip, this surgery is a great option, too. Let’s take a look at the different types of lip lift options:
1. A Direct Lip Lift
This is a type of surgery that creates a prominent, defined border of the upper lip. It’s also referred to as a gullwing lip lift.
Basically, your surgeon removes a thin strip of existing skin from above your upper lip. They then pull the skin upwards, exposing additional vermillion, which is the pink portion of your upper lip.
2. A Subnasal Bullhorn Lip Lift
This is probably one of the most popular or common lip surgeries out there. The aim is the same — to shorten the space between the nose and upper lip and expose additional vermillion. The difference is that this incision hides at the base of the nose, making the scar far more discreet.
Another version of this surgery includes the Italian Lip Lift where a surgeon makes an incision at the base of each nostril.
3. A Corner Lip Lift
This is a great option if you’re looking to lift your smile while creating a little extra volume in the upper lip. Your surgeon makes two minor incisions at each corner of the mouth while removing and then tightening the skin around the mouth.
If you have always wanted to lift downturned lips or reshape your smile, this surgery is the best option. A corner lip lift works best in tandem with lip filler, too.
Is a Lip Lift Procedure Right for You?
As mentioned, gravity is not your friend as you age. The result is often an increased space or gap between the nose and upper lip as gravity takes its toll. This can also cause your upper lip to look thinner than it actually is.
The best thing about a lip lift is that it offers very natural-looking results, rather than an overly plump or obvious fix that lip filler might offer. In addition to this, lip lift surgery also bears long-lasting results that don’t require repeat visits to a cosmetic surgeon every 6 months.
If you’re looking for subtle, yet positive results, without the expensive upkeep of dermal fillers, then this surgery is right for you. However, there are certain scenarios where you might not suit this type of surgery:
- The space between your nose and upper lip is not large enough — a surgeon usually needs at least 1.5 centimeters to work with
- You’re a long-term smoker who might struggle to stop for your post-surgery recovery (which ranges from two to four weeks)
If you have any other chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, oral herpes, or blood clotting diseases, you’ll have to discuss this with your surgeon beforehand, too.
What To Expect From Lip Lift Surgery
Just like any surgery, you’ll have to prepare for your time under the knife. While it’s a relatively short surgery that’s performed in a surgeon’s office, there are still a few important protocols to follow:
- Remember to abstain from food and drink 6 hours prior to the procedure
- If you’re a smoker, you’ll need to stop smoking a few weeks before the surgery — your surgeon will discuss this with you
- Avoid alcohol for 48 hours before the surgery
- Try to avoid taking any blood-thinning medications, i.e. aspirin for two weeks prior to surgery
On the day of your procedure, your surgeon will administer a local anesthetic around your mouth and nose area. For the most part, a general anesthetic is not necessary because it’s a quick procedure. But if you’d prefer this, you’ll have to discuss it with your surgeon beforehand.
The surgery takes 1-2 hours, depending on the type of lip lift you opt for. Once complete, your surgeon will clean up and suture the area, which should last up to one week. Once you’re at home, you should plan to rest in bed for at least 24 hours.
Your surgeon will advise you not to exercise or smoke in the weeks that follow, to allow for the best possible healing and end result. It’s also important to avoid sleeping on your stomach and opening your mouth too wide in the first week, post-surgery.
Ensure that your lips remain moisturized and clean the incision area as directed by your surgeon.
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Lip filler might be the more popular cosmetic procedure, but it does not offer the longevity and natural-looking results that lip lift surgery does. If you’ve done your time with lip filler and want a more permanent solution, you might want to consider this fuss-free, high-value surgery.
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