Lip Lifts: The Alternative to Lip Augmentation

Many people starting having self-esteem issues as they get older due to changes in their appearance. There are many different things that happen to men and women when these changes occur. Skin begins to get a little stretched out and things begin to look “saggy.” Many of these skin changes occur on a person’s facial features. Due to this, men and women usually consider plastic surgeries to remedy their aging situation. There are many different procedures to choose from, with one of the more popular procedures being lip procedures.

What is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift essentially is a plastic surgery procedure where the surgeon actually lifts the skin upward and lengthens the upper lip to make it more symmetrical with the bottom lip. Usually, people who receive lip lifts were originally unaware that there was a “problem” with their faces. People with shorter upper lips have a natural imbalance in the proportion of their face. When the surgeon performs this surgery, it is usually relatively simple but requires a lot of attention to detail. He then has to use his expert-level techniques of surgery to complete the procedure. Many times, the lip lift can be completed while performing another facial plastic surgery, such as Botox, but the surgery also has the ability to be completed independently as well.

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Candidates for Lip Lifts

Lip lift candidates are sometimes hard to choose. The doctor has to pay extremely close attention to the detail of the patient’s original lips to examine and measure the length of the upper lip. People born with short upper lips and a long distance between the nose and the upper lip are the perfect candidates for lip lifts. Also, people who show no upper teeth when they smile are great for lip lifts, too.

Many people do not know that this procedure even exists, so when they find out about lip lifts, many people choose to go for it, both women and men. People who are aging have increasing lengths and a loss of lip volume find a lip lift helpful in rejuvenating the face. But as we all know, sometimes beauty comes with a price, and for lip lifts, the price you have to pay sometimes is a scar. The incisional scar at the base of the nose can sometimes be covered up with makeup, but for men, the scar is visible. There are ways to minimize the appearance of the scar though, besides makeup. Sometimes the scar requires lasers or injections or sometimes even dermabrasion to help face the appearance of the scar.

Candidates for Lip Lifts

During the consultation for the procedure, the doctor will discuss the patient’s medical history and any medications that the patient is currently taking. Next, he asks about any allergic reactions that the patient has towards other medications. He will next ask you exactly how you want your lip to look. He will usually take some before and after pictures just so you as the patient can actually see the progress that was made during the surgery. The doctor will also take many different measurements of the upper lip so he can see exactly how much longer the lip needs to be.

What Happens During the Procedure?

When a patient goes in for the lip procedure after the consultation, they will receive a local anesthesia to numb the upper lip area. Next, the doctor will begin to cut incisions inside of the lips or even on the face just above the corners of the mouth. Then, the lip is moved to a more aesthetically pleasing position. Sutures are then placed on the incisions and the healing process begins. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes, but the times vary for different patients. There will be some swelling for usually about 72 hours, and it is recommended that an ice pack is used to reduce the swelling to help the healing process. Sometimes the patients will experience bruising, but these usually fade away after less than a week. The doctor can also prescribe pain medication to help reduce any pain that the patient is experiencing. The sutures are usually removed five days after surgery. Usually, patients can resume all normal activities within five to seven days after surgery.

Complications and Financing Options

As with all surgeries, there is a small risk of complications or side effects. Sometimes even after the surgery, the patient will still have some uneven or asymmetrical shapes. There can also be some healing issues with the surgery. Patients can experience numbness, scarring, and in very rare cases, some patients experience infection. It is highly recommended that the patient follows the post-surgery instructions. Usually, many insurance companies will not cover plastic surgeries because they are cosmetic and usually not life-threatening. However, some plastic surgeons offer many different financing options available with affordable monthly payments.

For more information about lip lifts or any other facial plastic surgeries, contact Dr. Andrew S. Frankel in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Frankel is a certified Facial and Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon with over 20 years. He is also certified to in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ENT).