Lip Lift in Sandy Springs and Atlanta, GA
Age, genetics, and sometimes a previous history of lip filler treatments can lead to an overly long white lip (the skin between the bottom of the nose and the red lip border) and too-short height of the red lip (the part of the upper lip where we place lipstick). This creates disharmony within the facial balance, and can lead to an unnatural or aged appearance of the face and mouth.
Lip Lift: Treatment Details
Lip lifting is a minor surgical procedure, and is performed in the office (under local anesthesia) and in the operating room (when combined with more involved surgeries such as facelifting). Dr. Fishman carefully hides a bullhorn-type incision in the natural crease between the bottom of the nose and nostrils and the upper lip, and repositions the upper lip after removing extra skin and soft tissue. Dr. Fishman removes sutures at 5-7 days after surgery, and the resulting incision usually heals very well.
After Lip Lift Surgery
- You should expect pronounced lip swelling, possible bruising, numbness and discomfort.
- Cold compresses, and oral pain medications work well to control discomfort.
- Elevating the head and neck above the level of the heart helps to decrease swelling.
- Maintaining a soft diet for the first week after surgery helps decrease discomfort also.
- Anti-allergy medications such as Zyrtec and Claritin help to decrease swelling.
- Most patients return to work and social activities in 5-7 days after lip lifting.
- Light exercise, such as walking, may be resumed the day of surgery.