Lip Lift Surgery in Shreveport & Monroe
As we become older, the upper lip, like other parts of the face, begins to stretch and lengthen. This causes the red section of the lip to “roll” inward, giving it a thinner look. In addition, the upper lip falls down and hides the upper teeth, creating the impression of an older mouth. When the upper lip is reduced, the midface seems elevated and rejuvenated, and these changes are reversed. The increased “red show” also offers the lip a more permanent full appearance, which is popular with youthful patients.
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Lip Lift FAQs
What is a Lip Lift?
Basically, a lip lift is a permanent in-office surgery that enhances the amount of pink tissue visible in the top lip, giving the appearance of a larger, more prominent pout. It takes less than an hour from start to finish and is usually performed under local anesthesia (and sometimes sedation).
In other words, the surgical technique improves the vermillion border (the line where the reddish-pinkish tissue of the lip meets the surrounding skin) and shortens the distance between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips (called the philtrum). Cosmetic surgeons achieve this by removing a wedge of tissue from beneath the nose, causing the top lip to rise upwards. The scar is hidden right underneath the nose. No additional fillers or implants are used. And unlike lip fillers, return visits are not needed every few months to keep lips looking plump and youthful.
How Does a Lip Lift Procedure Work?
The lip lift is a relatively easy and straightforward surgical operation that can be performed alone or in conjunction with other facial surgeries such as rhinoplasty or a facelift. The procedure begins with incision sites marked on your upper lip, which are based on the surgical plan you and your physician create together. If a lip lift is the only surgery you're having done, it can be done under local anesthetic, just like a dental procedure. If the lip lift is being done with other operations that require more sedation, it will simply be part of the overall strategy.
Once you're ready, your plastic surgeon gently removes the necessary bit of skin immediately beneath the nose and manages any light bleeding. The incision is then closed with tiny sutures to get the best possible cosmetic effect. The area is coated with antibiotic ointment after the procedure, and stitches are removed several days later.
How Much is a Lip Lift?
Lip lift procedures that are not facial plastic surgeries to address a congenital defect or reconstructive surgery performed after an injury will typically be considered cosmetic and insurance providers aren’t going to cover it. Lip lifts are considered a cosmetic operation.
The cost of the procedure differs based on the physician who performs the treatment and where you live. However, according to Aesthetic Edit, the average cost of the surgery falls between $2,000 and $5,000. Check with your cosmetic surgeon's office to see what financing options are available to help you pay for your procedure.
How Long Does Swelling Last After a Lip Lift?
The top lip will be painful and swollen to varied degrees immediately after the surgery. Swelling usually gets worse throughout the first few days and can be quite pronounced in some circumstances. This is a typical aspect of the healing process and is not harmful.
Swelling or bruises that can be seen by others should go away in a week. Bloating and tightness is possible in that area for up to a month. The scar will heal and fade within the first year. Any initial scarring may be covered with makeup within two weeks of your operation.
For the first week or so, the incision is kept clean and coated with antibiotic ointment. Activity is restricted for several days and then gradually reintroduced. Exercising and exerting yourself should be avoided for at least two weeks. The initial healing period lasts around 2 to 3 weeks, with more satisfying results appearing after about 2 to 3 months. And don’t worry, you won’t be on the sidelines long. After 5 to7 days, the stitches will be removed. The scar heals over a period of months to a year or more, and it becomes better over time.
Take note: Just like other surgical procedures, lift lips do have their dangers, Bleeding, infection, and undesirable scarring are all possibilities.
How Long Does a Lip Lift Last?
Of the procedures available to enhance the lips, a lip lift provides the longest-lasting results. This is because of the actual removal of skin to create a shorter philtrum (the area between your upper lip and your nose). The removal of this skin produces a long-lasting result that requires minimal maintenance. While some patients may notice a modest relaxation of the skin between the nose and upper lip as the skin settles during the first year, the majority of the initially evident benefits are permanent.
Although the effects of a surgical lip lift are permanent, your lips and face will continue to age. Changes associated with aging are to be expected.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?
You may be a good candidate for a lip lift if you feel the distance between your nose and lip is too long, or that the upper lip is relatively thin. A lip lift can improve the form and balance of the top lip without the need for additional volume in good patients.
Often, patients who are good candidates for a lip lift may have had a bad experience previously with lip fillers, which made the lips appear heavy and long instead of plump and balanced. Because of the long upper lip, many patients have already had a filler or implant placed on the upper lip, and the upper lip tends to roll inward without improving volume. This is remedied with a Lip Lift, and after the lip height has stabilized, further volume can be added.
Lip Lift vs. Lip Fillers
Lip lifts are different from other lip augmentations because they are permanent surgical procedures. However, other nonsurgical treatments such as lip fillers are only temporary and will need to be repeated as they wear off. While this is partly due to a lip lift being a surgical procedure, it’s also because a lip lift targets a different set of outcomes than other lip augmentations.
Other lip treatments, such as Botox or hyaluronic acid fillers, are injected into the lips to make them appear plumper, but a lip lift removes excess skin from the area to achieve the same results.
Lip lifts can be quite natural-looking. When completely healed, any scarring is difficult to notice since it is hidden inside the folds of the nose. Your lips will move organically and appear much more natural with a lip lift than if you used fillers.
How To Lift Upper Lip Naturally
There are some natural ways to temporarily enhance the appearance of your lips or increase their volume. Among these methods is facial yoga, which includes special exercises for the ring muscles around your mouth. To engage these muscles, you don’t need to join a gym; you can practice lip yoga in your car, at your job, or while sitting on the couch.
Exfoliating your lips is another method to improve the way your lips look. Use a lip exfoliator or toothbrush to aid in the removal of flakes and increase blood circulation to give your lips a rosy appearance and brief plumping effect. Be gentle if you choose this route, as the lips are more delicate than the skin on the rest of your body.
Essential oils may also be used to give you that bee stung look. Peppermint oil causes your lips to enlarge, making them appear bigger. After the light stinging sensation, it improves microcirculation in your lips, making them numb and plumper. Cinnamon oil is another option. Just be sure to mix either of these oils with your lip balm or a carrier oil, such as olive oil, before applying.
Interested in a Lip Lift? Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Forrest Wall Today!
Dr. Forrest P. Wall and his colleagues are available to assist you, whether you have a question, would like to schedule a lip lift consultation, or have any concerns regarding other facial cosmetic procedures in Shreveport. To make an appointment, please fill out our contact form or call our Shreveport office at (318) 221-1629 or our Monroe office at (318) 812-0182. Begin your road to looking and feeling great right now!