Augmenting the lips using fillers is increasingly popular, with celebrities like Kylie Jenner setting the trend. However, many patients start to look for more permanent results that still appear natural and balanced with their facial features. The lip lift procedure offers a permanent method of making the lips appear fuller, more youthful, and balanced. Dr. Ourian has studied cosmetic surgery at some of the nation’s top institutions and is proud to provide the best lip lift surgery Los Angeles patients can obtain.
Lip lift surgery is a procedure which subtly shortens the distance between the lips and the nose while creating a fuller and more aesthetically pleasing lip shape and size. An upper lip lift differs from other lip augmentation methods in that it is permanent, unlike lip fillers, and repositions the upper lip rather than adding to its size, unlike surgical augmentation. This procedure may also be referred to as a “bullhorn lip lift,” “gull wing lip lift,” or “sub-nasal lip lift.”
At A Glance
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Surgery Length: 1 Hour
Recovery Time: 3 - 5 Days
Anesthesia: Local or General
The typical lip lift candidate has thinner-looking lips and wishes to decrease the length of the philtrum, or the section of skin between the nose and upper lip. They may prefer a more natural and subtle look than they could achieve from lip fillers or augmentation, or have grown tired of the upkeep required of repeated filler injection. Some lip lift candidates also find that their lips appear thinner as they have grown older, and wish to reduce this sign of aging. In order to undergo a lip lift, you should be generally healthy and a nonsmoker. Dr. Ourian will determine your candidacy after a thorough consultation.
Our Beverly Hills lip lift is typically performed under local anesthesia. First, an incision is made between the nose and the mouth. The exact placement of the incision varies depending on your unique anatomy and the desired results. From this incision, a small section of skin in the shape of a handlebar will be removed to shorten the length of the area between the upper lip and nose for a more youthful, rejuvenated upper lip. After this is complete, the incisions will be closed with sutures.
After your Los Angeles lip lift, you can expect some swelling and a tightening sensation in the treatment area. Sutures will remain in place for about five days after the surgery, and most experience swelling for about one to two weeks. Some redness at the incision sites may persist for up to six to eight weeks after the surgery, while the scar is healing. Dr. Ourian will advise when you can return to normal activities after the procedure and monitor your healing through postoperative appointments.
In some cases, Dr. Ourian may suggest that you make an adjustment to the lower lip to maintain a balanced appearance. This can be accomplished by pairing lip lift surgery with some dermal filler, such as Juvederm, or a lower lip augmentation.
If you are choosing a lip lift to address signs of aging, you may also decide to combine your lip lift with another procedure to soften wrinkles or fine lines in other areas of the face.
Some options include Botox, which relaxes the muscles responsible for frown lines and forehead wrinkles, or dermal fillers, which restore lost volume and fill in lines through the lower part of the face. Other patients who want total facial and neck rejuvenation may opt to have a facelift at the same time.
Finally, patients may feel that the overall symmetry of their face or balance between their features can be improved by pairing a lip lift with a rhinoplasty. Also known as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can change the size, shape, or projection of the nose and is a very common cosmetic procedure.
The total cost of your lip lift in Los Angeles will vary depending on the extent of the surgery, the expertise of your surgeon, and other factors. Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will give you a more specific price estimate after a comprehensive consultation.
Frequently asked questions
- Can I drive after a lip lift?
- Although lip lifts are performed under local anesthesia, it is best if you have a friend or family member drive you home.
- Does a lip lift change your nose?
- A lip lift shortens the philtrum. While no changes are made to the nose directly, it may appear different and more harmonious with the rest of the face, because of the changed proportions of the face. However, in order to change the shape or size of your nose, rhinoplasty is necessary.
- Does a lip lift hurt?
- A lip lift is performed under local anesthesia. After the procedure, patients may feel some discomfort, which can be managed through pain medications.