Lip Lift Overview
Treats: A thin upper lip and extended philtrum
Length: 1-2 hours
Side Effects: Patients may experience swelling, bruising, and possible numbness around the incision site.
Risks: Anytime a patient has any kind of surgery, there is a risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, or side effects from anesthesia.
Recovery: 1 week
Duration of Results: Long-lasting
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
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If you want to light up your entire face and get a fuller, luscious pout, a lip lift might be for you. This quick mini facial surgical treatment reveals more of your upper lip and lovely vermilion border, makes your lip look fuller, and shortens the area between your nose and lip to take years off your face.
Unlike temporary injectable dermal fillers, which must be repeated every six to 18 months, a lip lift is a “one-and-done” procedure. Your lifted, fuller lip retains its new shape for years. That saves you time, money… and a lot of injections.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for
unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
Whether you’re already a fan of lip augmentation, or whether you’ve never touched your lips before, making your upper lip fuller and higher changes the overall appearance of your face. As you age, the philtrum (the indented area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your cupid’s bow) lengthens by about 1-3 mm every decade. Not only that, but your lips lose volume, too.
Worse, as the philtrum lengthens, more of your upper lip disappears inside your mouth, because the tendons and ligaments that once held it upward have gotten longer, too. As the lip lengthens, patients may lose the ability to show off their beautiful teeth while they are talking and smiling. But by reversing that one subtle sign of aging, your entire look is completely refreshed.
Revealing more of your upper lip’s vermilion also gives you a sultrier, more dramatic appearance. That’s why lift lips are one of Hollywood’s favorite facial plastic surgeries.
Dr. Kulbersh frequently includes lip lifts to add pizzazz to a facelift or mini-lift. However, lip lifts are so popular today that many young women who need no other work done are getting the procedure so they can leave dermal fillers in the past.
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Dr. Kulbersh performs lip lifts in the comfort and safety of the Carolina Facial Plastics office. The entire procedure takes about an hour and only requires local anesthesia.
After prep, Dr. Kulbersh makes a small incision underneath your nose and removes a small sliver of skin. He then expertly lifts your upper lip, stitching it slightly higher than before. The procedure also reveals a small part of your upper lip that is currently hidden, enhancing your overall look.
Lip lifts can be performed in a few different ways:
Subnasal Lip Lift (Bullhorn Lip Lift)
Some of us are born with a long upper philtrum, the area between the base of the nose and the upper lip. The philtrum also tends to elongate with age. The subnasal lip lift addresses these concerns by placing an incision below the nose and excising a portion of the skin. The skin below is then suspended and anchored to the strong tissue overlying the bone below the nose. This supports the wound which is closed as a very fine line with sutures.
Italian Lip Lift
The Italian Lip Lift is a modified bullhorn lip lift that creates a similar effect using a shortened incision. The Italian Lip Lift creates two shorter incisions centered under the nostrils rather than continuing completely across the nose. This type of lift achieves a more subtle, nuanced result while producing a shorter, more limited scar.
Vermillion Advancement Lip Lift (Gullwing Lip Lift)
A different approach to improving thin lips is to place the incision on the vermillion border. Excess skin above the incision can be removed and with closing the wound the red lip is advanced upward creating more red lip show. It can be difficult to camouflage a scar at the vermillion border, which may result in the need to wear lipstick to hide the incision line. For this reason, this technique is rarely used.
Corner Lip Lift
The Corner Lip Lift involves removing a sliver of skin at both corners of the mouth (oral commissures). The goal is to raise persistently downturned corners of the mouth. Similar to the gullwing lip lift incision line, careful consideration must be given to placing the incision lines along the vermillion border due to potential scarring issues.
A lip lift is a surgery, so you won’t want to run out and kiss anyone after your procedure. (Dr. Kulbersh and his team do accept grateful hugs.) However, you may feel sore for about a week.
You can control any discomfort by placing a wrapped ice pack on your lips for about 20 minutes per hour, several times a day. You can also take a Tylenol to relieve pain and swelling.
If you’re ready to explore the option of a lip lift at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, NC, call us today at 704.842.3644 or use our convenient online form.
Frequently asked questions
The best candidates for a lip lift want to increase the red (mucosal) show of the upper lip while shortening the distance from the bottom of the nose to the upper lip. The procedure also increases tooth show when you smile.
Most lip lifts requires a single, small incision just under the nose where visible scarring is minimal. Dr. Kulbersh takes every precaution to ensure scarring after the surgery does not detract from your improved appearance.
It depends on what your goals are for your procedure. Lip fillers are very effective in adding shape and fullness to the lips. A lip lift is generally preferred if the philtrum is particularly long or the show of the upper lip is minimal. Also, fillers provide temporary results, while a surgical lift is permanent.