A lip lift is a cosmetic procedure that shortens the area between the nose and the lip to cure ‘a stiff upper lip’ or to create a more youthful appearance. A lip lift can also make the lips appear fuller as a result of exposing an area that was previously not noticeable, and can also make the teeth more visible. As we age the lips begin to lose plumpness and begin to droop. Sometimes this drooping can even make it look like we are frowning due to a downturned appearance.
A lip lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic in under an hour.
After consulting with the doctor and deciding on the amount of skin that will be removed, a surgery is scheduled. On the day, your surgeon will once again speak to you about the desired outcome of the surgery. The surgeon will mark the skin to show the amount of skin that will be removed. A local anaesthetic will be applied to the the area that will be removed. The surgeon will cut out the skin to create a scar that will be almost invisible right below the nose*. This video shows Dr Yannis Alexandrides explaining the process with a patient before her lip lift operation. The surgery itself is a fairly quick and painless procedure and does not require general anaesthetic or an overnight hospital stay.
After a lip lift you can usually return to normal activities after 6 weeks.* Scaring is minimal and often goes unnoticed because the point of incision is right under the nose where the eye naturally sees a crease. Below is a patient’s before / immediately after / post photographs along with her video testimonial post her lip lift surgery.
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*Please note that in terms of results and expectations, there are numerous variables with every patient, each surgery and every recovery and healing period.
*Scarring may vary from patient to patient