A lip lift is a simple surgical procedure performed to correct a stretched, elongated, or aged upper lip. The procedure involves excising a small amount of skin and resculpting the deeper tissues, allowing the lip to be pulled upward and shortening the vertical length of an excessively long upper lip.
This can also increase the visible portion of the lips and produce a more youthful pout. After a lip lift, patients notice improved overall facial balance.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?
This procedure can benefit patients who want to rejuvenate the proportions of their lips to maintain a more full, youthful look. In general, the best candidates for a lip lift are individuals who are bothered by:
- Elongated space between the base of the nose and the vermillion (the border separating the upper lip and facial skin)
- Flattened, aged, or thin upper lip
- General loss of definition in the lips
As with any cosmetic surgery, those considering lip lift surgery should be healthy enough to undergo the recovery period and have no uncontrolled medical conditions. Patients who smoke will be asked to abstain for a given amount of time before and after their procedure, as smoking can lead to complications during the healing process.
How is Lip Lift Surgery Performed?
A lip lift is performed by making an incision at the base of the nose. After incisions are made, Dr. Kottwitz will remove a small section of skin while sculpting the underlying tissue.
In order to help ensure post-surgical scars remain inconspicuous, Dr. Kottwitz takes care to close incisions in a way that provides the tissue with support. This can allow incisions to heal without any tension, maximizing the likelihood that scars appear very discreetly after surgery.
What is the Lip Lift Recovery Period Like?
Discomfort after a lip lift is usually described as mild, and reactions like swelling and bruising can often be managed with cold compresses, medications, and ointments. Extensive downtime after the procedure is not required.
Most patients feel well enough to resume light activities within a few days of their procedure, with strenuous exercise prohibited until Dr.Kottwitz advises otherwise. The healing process typically lasts several weeks, and the results of surgery will improve as swelling subsides.
Meet our Lip Lift expert
Dr. Kate Kottwitz
If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your lips and are considering lip lift, contact Gateway Cosmetics to schedule a comprehensive consultation.
Dr. Kottwitz is dedicated to providing patients with safe, personalized and professional care, and has the training and experience needed to produce beautiful aesthetic results.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have questions about lip lift surgery, or if you wish to undergo the procedure, do not hesitate to book a personalized consultation at Gateway Cosmetics with Dr. Kottwitz at her office conveniently located for residents throughout the Evansville area.