Learn More About Lip Lift Surgery
This surgery has been around for a long time now but has seen increased attention and popularity over the past few years. The procedure was traditionally done in combination with a facelift for older women where the upper lip had elongated over time (which can be a telltale sign of aging). The elongated upper lip is also often seen with thinning of the lip itself leading to an aged appearance.
Now with the popularity of temporary lip fillers, both younger and older women are seeking a more permanent solution to upper lip rejuvenation. The upper lip lift shortens the space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lip, known as the philtrum, by excising the excess skin below the nose. By placing the incisions in this location below the nostrils, the incisions heal with little-to-no visibility of the scar over time. The lip lift raises the vermilion border (the red part of the lip) creating a crisper, fuller-appearing Cupid’s Bow. This makes the lips look lifted and the smile more attractive.
Some patients get tired of repeat treatments, bruising, swelling, and the costs of filler injections. Some patients are frustrated that their lips don’t turn out the exact same way each time. You may be looking for something more permanent and consistent. The lip lift surgery can be tailored to the nuanced shape and structure of the lips. The shape of the excision can be customized to you. Lip lifts can subtly change the shape of the Cupid’s Bow giving its peaks a boost or addressing asymmetries.
Now don’t get hung up on this, but there are standard and ideal lengths of everything. The ideal philtral (upper lip) length in women is 11 to 13 millimeters and in men, it is 13 to 15mm. Even if you currently have a philtral length within this ideal, that space can lengthen one to three millimeters per decade. This is due to the natural aging process, which causes a decrease in collagen and stretching of the ligaments over time.
If you are curious about the length of your upper lip all you need to do is open your mouth. When you look in the mirror and gently open your mouth without smiling or making a face, you should see a slight show of your upper teeth. With the lengthening of the upper lip, the upper teeth are hidden. Also, with time, the upper lip can curl under making it look thinner. Trying to “uncurl” that upper lip with fillers, when what it really needs is surgery, can cause the “duck lip” effect that no one is looking for.
This is a surgical procedure, so you do need to expect some downtime. In the first week, you may experience a pulling sensation that will relax with time. You can also expect to swell for up to two weeks.
If you are considering a lip lift procedure and would like to see if the procedure is right for you, call our office in Brandon, Florida at Brandon Plastic Surgery (813) 359-1075 or schedule a consult today.