A lip lift is designed for patients that have a greater distance between the base of their nose and their upper lip, either due to genetics or the effects of aging. A noticeable sign is a lessening of “dental show” where the upper lip is so low that it conceals the teeth to some extent when the patient smiles.
The lip lift procedure usually takes about 1 hour and is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Superficial skin between the bottom of the nostrils and a point above the upper lip (each patient will vary) is surgically removed. Once the flap of skin has been removed, the bottom portion of the open area, located just above the lip, will be sutured together with the upper portion of the open area, located just inside of the nostrils, thus “lifting” the upper lip. Stitches are removed after the lip lift procedure in about one week by the lip augmentation specialist and you can return to work in 7-10 days with make-up to help camouflage any residual bruising that may persist.