A lip lift can also make the lips appear fuller. It does this by exposing an area that was previously not noticeable which can also make the teeth more visible. A lip lift is a cosmetic procedure that shortens the space between the nose and the lip to cure ‘a stiff upper lip’ or to create a more youthful appearance.
As we age, our lips begin to lose plumpness and start to droop. Sometimes this drooping can even make it look like we are frowning due to a downturned appearance.
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The upper lip lift is a procedure that elevates the position of the upper lip with respect to the teeth giving a broader smile. The amount of pink lip that is seen is also increased giving the patient wider lips. In addition, the length of the skin between your cupid’s bow and under your nose is shortened. The overall effect of the lip lift is a more aesthetically pleasing mouth with a youthful appearance. There will be a small scar on the junction between the upper lip and the base of the nose but this usually becomes virtually undetectable over time.
111 Harley St. has performed hundreds of these procedures. Our surgical coordinators have collated past patients questions and they have answered them for you to read below. The consultation is with your surgeon and costs £200, this cost is non-refundable but is redeemable against the cost of surgery. The price quoted to you after your consultation is an all-inclusive price that includes all the pre and post operative appointments.
The Lip Lift procedure is generally performed under local anaesthetic and does not require a hospital stay. It is a procedure that can be performed in our clinic. The procedure usually takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete, with a short recovery period in the clinic.
A small incision is made along the natural crease and shadow below your nose where a small amount of tissue is removed. The skin is then lifted and stitched into place using fine sutures which will be used to support the healing skin and to keep the scarring to a minimum.
The stitches will usually be removed 7-10 days after surgery depending on your healing. The lip is likely to ache in the first few days after the procedure and can be tender for several weeks. Most of the swelling a bruising will subside in about 7-14 days after surgery.
Scaring is minimal and often goes unnoticed because the point of the incision is right under the nose where the eye naturally sees a crease.
After a lip lift you can usually return to normal activities after 6 weeks.*
Whether or not you are suitable will be determined at your consultation. Generally, it is those with a longer philtrum and/or thin upper lips. Patients may consider this procedure when non-surgical surgical options such as dermal filler cannot improve the appearance. People who are healthy are usually suitable for this operation.
People who have a short philtrum length, large lips, scarring of the upper lip, or people with severe medical conditions are not good candidates for this operation.
The risks of the surgery are very minimal as general anaesthetic is not required. You may need pain relief to help with any discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off after a certain amount of time, however this is usually manged with over-the-counter pain relief. Swelling, bruising, redness, asymmetry in contour and recurrence of scarring can occur however these symptoms usually disappear within time, but may be permanent in some patients. The extent of the scarring depends on your skin type and your healing. Poor healing of the skin is most likely to affect smokers or patients with darker skin leading to hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scar.
Yes, you can still have fillers after your lip lift procedure. You might not need as much volume to get a good result.
In some cases, a candidate may be more suited for a lip lift as opposed to fillers, especially if they have an elongated philtrum with small and thin lips.
Lip injections add volume to the lips and so those with a long philtrum and small lips can run the risk of a more blocked shaped appearance to the upper lip which protrudes over the bottom lip.
However, lip fillers can be added with the lip lift or afterwards if fuller lips are desired. Lip fillers generally work better for those who already have reasonably sized lips as they can be used to redefine the shape and volume.
Lip Lift Disclaimer
Photographs depicting before & after treatment photos are not guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar. Everyone is unique therefore it’s likely that your results may vary. Our practitioners take great pride in their treatments which require advanced techniques. It is of utmost importance to them that they delivery exemplary care and excellent natural results. *Scarring may vary from patient to patient