The lip lift is a subtle local anaesthetic procedure that rejuvenates the upper lip and reduces the distance between the upper lip and nose, by removing a small strip of skin under your nose to raise your top lip. This also rolls it slightly, making it look larger, fuller, and more defined.
The procedure has a fast recovery and natural-appearing results. The scar is hidden beneath the nose and normally remains very inconspicuous.
A lip lift is suitable for you if:
The procedure is a minor local anaesthetic procedure which takes around 30-45 minutes.
A pre-planned area of skin and tissue is removed at the base of the nose. The surgery is then closed with deep stitches to lift the tissue to the base of the nose. This is the key to the lift. Small skin stitches are them placed to neatly close the wound, leaving a scar hidden under the base of the nose and around the base of the nostrils. Usually, a topical antibiotic ointment is given to use twice a day for 6 days until the stitches are taken out.
It is important not to overdo the treatment as often a few millimetres can make a visible difference to the look of the whole face and it is essential for a natural look
The scar will be visible just under the nostrils and in the groove where the nostril meets the lip. The scar is expected to fade over 6 to 12 weeks and continue to mature, improve for up to 18 months. All scars look red at first, but once healed, can be disguised with makeup.
For those wishing to avoid surgery with minimal downtime, a dermal filler can be placed in the upper lip in the form of a scar-free, non-surgical lip lift. This delicately lifts the upper lip while contouring and defining the lip’s curves. Small amounts of filler can also lift downturned corners of the mouth for a corner lip lift. Filler placed directly into the body of the upper lip restores a youthful fullness. Click here to find out about dermal fillers.
Other options include fat transfer. This treatment works similarly to the standard non-surgical lip lift but uses your fat as a completely natural, longer-lasting alternative to dermal fillers.
Another potential option is lip implants (permalip), which are made of soft, pliable silicone. They are inserted through tiny incisions made in the corners of the mouth, permanently creating fullness.
Botulinum toxin treatment may also be beneficial to relax the active muscle in the upper lip and reduce lines and wrinkles.
A lip lift offers a variety of benefits. They include restoring a younger, fresher appearing mouth, improving the shape of the pink lips and providing an overall improvement and balance to the facial proportions
You can expect to have swelling after the surgery – this may increase over the first 24-48 hours before it subsides. It normally takes a week or two for the majority of the swelling to go, but residual swelling can take 6weeks to settle down. During this period, you may feel as though you temporarily cannot smile completely, but this is only transient.
Stitches are taken out around 6-7 days following surgery with a nurse-led appointment. Scar massage can be started at 2 weeks.