Upper Lip Lift

What is an upper lip lift?

As we get older the skin between the nose and the upper lip has a tendency to lengthen downwards, resulting in a flattening effect where the lips appear thin and flat. Also, when smiling, the teeth stay hidden producing an overly “stern” expression.

Upper lip lift surgery is a procedure where the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin and effectively “lifts” the skin above the lip upwards. The top lip moves upwards increasing the amount of visible pink lip, exposing the teeth more, and giving you fuller, and more youthful-looking lips without any plumping.

The overall result of a lip lift may augment the result of lip enhancement with the use of fillers such as Restylane or Fat Transfer – and may be used in conjunction with these procedures – and other lip rejuvenation techniques — depending on the desired result. An upper lip lift may also be included as part of a Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) procedure.

Who is an ideal candidate for lip lift surgery?

The ideal candidates for this procedure include relatively healthy adults including women, men, and transgender individuals as part of facial rejuvenation, facial feminization or facial masculinization surgery. In short, anyone who is seeking a more youthful and raised upper lip line, with an open smile with visible teeth.

How is lip lifting surgery performed?

Upper lip surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia. Depending on the extent of the procedure, and desired results, it may be performed on its own, or as part of Pan Facial Rejuvenation or Long Format Plastic Surgery such as feminization or masculinization.

Your surgeon creates an incision directly beneath the nose and a small strip of skin and tissue is removed. The upper lip is then lifted to its new position to expose about 3-5 millimeters (1/8″) of the teeth (depending if you’re a man or a woman) increasing visibility of the pink part of the lip. The entire procedure takes about 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

What can I expect after lip lift surgery? Will there be scarring?

Immediately after surgery, you will feel mild discomfort and swelling and your mouth may feel tight for the first few days. You will need to eat soft foods. The swelling decreases dramatically within one week and within a month, most swelling will subside.

The incision is at the base of the nose so there is virtually no visible scarring.

Read more about lip rejuvenation here.