Lip Lift

As the face ages or as a result of genetics, some individuals display longer, thinner, ill-defined upper lips. As time passes, a patient may develop a frown, may not be able to see their teeth when smiling and may become self-conscious about the increased length and thinness of their upper lip.  The overall effect of upper lip lift surgery can drastically improve the aesthetic of one’s smile, resulting in a more youthful and defined shape of the upper lip. 

What is lip lift surgery?

With age, both men and women may find their upper lip to significantly elongate and become thin and flat.  In these patients the skin between the upper lip and the base of the nose is much longer, resulting in an unbalanced disproportionate lip appearance. Dr. Motakis always performs a tailored lip lift procedure that creates a more proportionate smile, reduces signs of aging, improves the natural and youthful symmetry to the face and lips and revitalizes the patient’s overall appearance.

Who is a good candidate for a lip lift?

People can present with an elongated upper lip at any age. Therefore, there is no specific chronological age during your adult life when you should have a lip lift procedure. The best candidates are ones that are well balanced, in good general health, and possess realistic expectations.

The procedure

Dr. Motakis performs lip lift surgery either under sedation or general anesthesia, with the procedure taking less than one hour. Using the ‘Bull Horn’ lip lift technique, Dr. Motakis carefully places the incision within the crease of the nose ensuring the lip heals with unnoticeable scarring. The technique involves a lifting maneuver that results in the red part of the lip to roll-out and displays more fullness. A portion of the skin at the base of the nose is then removed, thus shortening the distance between the lip and nose and creating a more youthful anatomy of the lips.

What is the recovery period for a lip lift procedure?

You will receive instructions from Dr. Motakis concerning caring for your incisions while you recover from your lip lift procedure. On average, it takes 1-2 weeks for all the swelling to disappear with tightness diminishing over a few months. Initially, you should expect a few days of swelling with some discomfort which is treated with mild analgesics. You will likely be able to resume light activities 24 hours after your surgery. You will likely need approximately 5-7 days off from work.

What are the risk factors of a lip lift procedure?

Dr. Motakis makes every effort to execute the procedure in the most meticulous way, however, as with any surgery, swelling and bruising around the area treated may sometimes be present. The incision is invariably imperceptible but may take a few weeks to fade. Very rarely, unfavorable scarring requiring revision, infection, changes in skin sensation or reaction to a medication or an anesthetic, may occur. The list of all possible risks will be discussed in detail during your consult and pre-operative appointment with Dr. Motakis and his team.

Are there any alternatives to a lip lift procedure?

In some circumstances and for patients looking for a more modest enhancement, dermal filler injections can often be used to make a correction of a thin and flat lip.  However, the use of such treatments may not produce enough of a lift, in which case a lip lift may become the only choice. This procedure will also accomplish long-lasting result with a more dramatic change.

Can a lip lift be combined with other surgeries?

Many of Dr. Motakis’ patients combine their lip lift procedure with other cosmetic procedures offered at the clinic. These procedures frequently include chin augmentation, eyelid surgery, facelift surgery, and submental liposuction among others.

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