Lip Lift

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

  1. You should expect pronounced lip swelling, possible bruising, numbness and discomfort.
  2. Cold compresses, and oral pain medications work well to control discomfort.
  3. Elevating the head and neck above the level of the heart helps to decrease swelling.
  4. Maintaining a soft diet for the first week after surgery helps decrease discomfort also.
  5. Anti-allergy medications such as Zyrtec and Claritin help to decrease swelling.
  6. Most patient return to work and social activities in 5-7 days after lip lifting.
  7. Light exercise, such as walking, may be resumed the day of surgery.

CANDIDATES FOR LIP LIFT

If you are unhappy with your lip contour or have an overly long or high upper lip, are in good health, you may be a great candidate for Dr. Fishman’s lip lift procedure. During your consult, Dr. Fishman performs a thorough evaluation of your skin, facial bony structure, and anatomy, and designs a treatment plan tailored just for you. Dr. Fishman often performs lip lifts for an upper lip that has grown longer over time, a lip that has very little to no red lip show (the red part of the lip turns inward), or a lip that has become stretched and distorted with the excessive use of dermal fillers.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF LIP LIFTING?

The side effects of lip lifting are usually swelling, tenderness, and a temporary sensation of numbness of the upper lip. Very rare risks include infection and need for revision.

HOW PAINFUL IS LIP LIFTING?

Lip lifting is a minor surgical procedure which requires local anesthesia (injection of numbing medicine) and carries a mild-moderate amount of discomfort. Most patients describe a very pronounced swelling of the upper lip and surrounding areas. Patients describe a sore or bruised sensation, and find their discomfort is well-managed with oral pain medications and cool compresses.

WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR A LIP LIFT?

Lip lift is a cosmetic procedure, and is not covered by insurance. We do offer financing for lip lift and other cosmetic treatments, and invite you to inquire about this after your consult with Dr. Fishman.