Surgical Lip Lift
Make Lips Look Younger Without Injections in Nashville
Full, pouty lips can give you a more youthful and attractive appearance. Some people naturally have thinner lips due to genetics, but regardless of how full or thick your lips are, aging will cause them to lose some volume. Lips begin to get thinner, and wrinkles develop in the area due to the depletion of collagen. Sun damage, smoking, and excessive inflammation may also cause changes to the skin around the mouth. It’s not just the loss of volume that makes our lips look flatter. Additionally, the philtrum—the vertical indentation or space that stretches from the middle of the upper lip to the nose—increases as we age. Although BOTOX® and lip injections with hyaluronic acid fillers such as JUVEDERM® are most commonly used to temporarily make lips appear plumper, there’s another method of enhancing the appearance of the lips that may be more beneficial for some patients. A surgical lip lift from Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute at Maxwell Aesthetics is a less-talked-about in-office treatment that adds height instead of volume to the lips by reducing the space between the nose and the upper lip.
A Surgical Lip Lift Can
- Expose more of the central part of the upper row of teeth while the face is at rest to make the face look more youthful
- Shorten the space between the nose and the top of the upper lip (philtrum)
- Create a more youthful lip shape by adding definition to the Cupid’s bow
- Increase the visibility of pink tissue (red upper lip) to make the lips appear plumper and more prominent
- Add height instead of volume to the lips
- Pull the lip upward
Planning Your Procedure
A surgical lip lift is a facial surgery procedure performed on the upper lip to improve your smile without the use of filler or neurotoxin injections. Because each patient’s anatomy and causes of facial aging or skin changes are unique, each person needs to be assessed on an individual basis so that Dr. Unger and Dr. Amaka can put together a surgical lip lift plan.
A surgical lip lift is a straightforward procedure, but it requires a good aesthetic eye and an experienced plastic surgeon who can perform it meticulously to reduce the risk of side effects. The surgeons start by examining your facial structure and discussing your goals with you during your surgical lip lift consultation. They aim to create the most natural, subtle results for every patient while preserving facial symmetry.
A surgical lip lift involves removing a small wedge of skin, but no physical changes are made to the size or volume of the lips themselves. There are several techniques that may be used for a surgical lip lift, but the “bullhorn” or subnasal technique is the most popular.
Surgical Lip Lift Details and Results
Your plastic surgeon and their highly trained staff will see you beforehand to ensure that you’re informed about what to expect from the surgical lip lift procedure, help you prepare, and answer any questions that you might have. A surgical lip lift usually takes less than an hour to be completed in office. It can be performed with just local anesthesia.
The results will be noticeable right after the procedure. You’ll be able to return to most of your normal activities as soon as you’d like, but will need to avoid strenuous exercise and take extra precautions to protect your lips. Surgical lip lift patients may notice some minor swelling and bruising after their visit.
Patients typically recover in one to two weeks, although it may take an additional two weeks for the tissue to completely heal and several months or even a year for scars to fade. As opposed to injectable procedures, the results from a surgical lip lift are “for good” and won’t wear off after a few months, so there won’t be any need for maintenance injections to maintain the look of fuller lips.
Learn more about the benefits of a surgical lip lift in Nashville. You can find out more about what the facial surgery involves by scheduling a consultation with Nashville Plastic Surgery Institute at Maxwell Aesthetics. To request an appointment with a plastic surgeon, contact us today at 615.932.7700.