For beautiful looking lips, lip work often requires finesse and excellent aesthetic judgment. In more cases than not less is more. Although many practitioners focus mostly on lip volume, our practitioners believe enhancing overall lip contour, dental show, improved lip projection, and optimized lip ratios.
A lip lift surgery is a simple and effective way to enhance the appearance of the lips. It lifts the upper lip and makes the lower lip appear fuller and longer. The lip lift procedure practiced by our doctors offers our patients a long-lasting effect and a more aesthetically pleasing contour.
Small incisions are made in the lips to improve their shape, position, and/or size. These procedures are typically done under local anesthesia because general anesthetics are often not required for the minimal amount of pain involved.
The appeal of fuller lips lies in what they signify about youthful beauty. Full lips are a visual signal of youth and vitality, indicating enhanced physical beauty. Larger lips are an indication of age, however, so it’s best to consider both fullness and volume when choosing a cosmetic procedure, especially if you're considering a lip lift. Lip lifts increase the height of your lips, enhancing your overall facial appearance and creating a more attractive smile.
A Lip lift will also give the appearance of a brighter, more positive expression, which helps restore balance and proportion to your face. Subtle alterations to the lips' size and contour result in an attractive facial profile, making them noticeable enough for others to see, but not so obvious as to look unnatural. This is an especially great option for people who are worried about the appearance of their lips aging them.
The minimally invasive surgical lip lift offers our patients a permanent improvement for a radiant, youthful appearance. It is the more permanent option for those also considering cosmetic procedures such as dermal fillers and lip fillers which can improve our facial expression and provide us with a more youthful appearance. However, these results will be temporary and are not made to improve elements such as lip length, proeminence of the lip line and lip coloring.
Lip lift surgery is ideal for patients who want to restore their natural fullness and volumization or patients who want to improve their natural lip shape. Lip lifting can be performed on both men and women at any age. For most people, the best time to get a filler injection into the lips is when they're young. Those between the ages of 18 and are usually the best candidates for the procedure. Candidates usually meet the following criteria:
Lip lift surgery is usually done in-office with mild sedation and under local anesthesia, similar to a dental procedure. When combined with rhinoplasty or facelift surgery the procedure is performed in the operating room under general anesthesia.
There is "downtime" lip lift surgery. Though you may feel a bit sore afterwards, it should subside in a few days. Some upper lip swelling and bruising is expected. Your sutures will be removed around 5-7 days. The resultant incision is usually pencil-thin and fades nearly completely over time.
With age, our lips begin to lack moisture and wrinkle causing the upper lip to roll inward, resulting in a very thin upper lip. Since the upper lift rolls over the teeth, this can leave you with an aged appearance. A lip lift can help improve the dental show, and overall aesthetics of the area around the nose and mouth leaving you with a more aesthetic and youthful look.
As the patient continues to age there may be slight elongation of the upper lip, however the results of lip lift surgery are permanent. The incision heals very well and is almost invisible after about a year.
Improper placement of the incision, or excessive removal of the skin may result in unwanted results, webbing or poor scarring. When looking to have this procedure done, It is important that you find a surgeon who is an expert in facial anatomy and aesthetics.
Depending on our patient's goals, we will recommend the best lip lift procedure during the initial consultation. We typically recommend a central lip lift and the corner lip lift.
A central lip lift is a procedure using an incision hidden underneath the nose. During the procedure a small piece of skin under the nose is removed to reduce the distance between nose and upper lip. The underlying skin is lifted and anchored onto tissue atop the bones that lie underneath the lips, which causes the colored part of the lips to roll outwards and create a pouty look.
A lateral lip lift which allows for lifting of the corners of the upper lip, increasing the amount of red lip showing. The incisions are cleverly concealed in the vermilion border and the lip skin.
A less permanent alternative to a lip flip is lip fillers. A variety of hyaluronic dermal fillers are used to augment the 3D structure and volume of the lips to enhance their appearance. Treatments take about 30 minutes and last about 12 months. Our advanced anesthesia techniques ensure your maximum comfort.
Another less permanent alternative that is more subtle than lip fillers is a Lip Flip. During a Lip flip Botulinum Toxin (Botox or Jeaveau) is used to enhance the upper lip by allowing it to roll slightly upward creating a more voluminous and defined upper lip. It is an excellent alternative to fillers for patients who want a more subtle enhancement than fillers provide.
A Russian Lip procedure is a new name for a technique we have been using for many years. The procedure involves a lip injection technique using microdroplet dermal filler injections in a tenting or pillar form that allows for increased lift, and structure of the lip creating the sought-after "editorial model look" without creating an overly enlarged lip.
Cosmetic surgical procedure to enhance the volume balance of the upper and lower lips by removing lip volume. Often performed in the office, under local anesthesia in less than one hour.
Lip Implants are a great permanent solution for people who want fuller looking lip volume without having to go through frequent treatments or injections. Lip implants may be placed in an office setting under local anesthesia in suitable candidates. This option will leave you with fuller looking lips but less of a lifted smile look than a lip lift would give you.
Other treatments include fat transfer to the lips, treatment of gummy smile, and treatment of "smokers lines" around the lips.
All surgical procedures have some inherent risks. Even though the chances of negative side effects with a lip lift surgery is minimal; infection, unpleasant outcomes, the division of a wound and scar formation are all possibilities. Possible side effects of a lip lift also include bruising and swelling. All side effects should be discussed with your doctor upon initial consultation.
Costs will often range between $4,500-$5,000 for a lip lift in Dallas. However, the cost of a lip lift procedure will depend on factors such as the lip lift method and the objectives of the patient. Do not hesitate to contact the team at Dallas Face Doc to learn more about our offered lip lift treatments.
lLip lift surgery may be a good option if they want their upper lip lifted and lengthened. However, lip fillers may be a better choice for you if your aim is just a fuller looking lift. Though fillers are more popular, few patients are usually aware that they could receive permanent enhancements through surgical procedures like a lip lift. Patients who want long-term effects from their cosmetic treatments are turning to surgical options for permanent improvements.
Before having any cosmetic procedures done, you should follow these guidelines:
After your lips have been surgically reshaped, it is important to take good care of them so they can fully recover. Here are some tips for healing your new lips:
There are no “perfect proportions” for upper and lower lips however ideally, the distance between the subnasal and the upper lip's wet/dry borders should be equal to one half the distance between the lower lip's wet/dry boundaries and the chin. If the cutaneous part of the upper lip extends beyond its normal length, then the lips appear disproportionate and it is seen as less aesthetically pleasing.
The ideal vertical heights of the upper and lower lids should be equal on the ‘perfect lips’. A patient may experience an improvement in facial symmetry following a lift of the lower lid alone. The amount of correction needed depends upon the initial degree of asymmetry between the two sides.
It is normal for your lip volume and color to change over time as you age. During the normal aging process, lips begin to lose volume and contours. Red vermilion becomes thinner and the area covered by the lips grows longer. Lips may become fuller due to weight gain or loss. Lines appear on the edges of the lips caused by muscle contraction and relaxation. These lines can make lips appear older than they really are.
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