About Lip Lifts
Patients who have lost significant bulk to their upper lip or have thin upper lip compared to their bottom lip can be a good candidate for a surgical procedure called a lip lift. We encourage our patients to first try injectable dermal fillers first injections to determine if they are happy with the result. Once all other augmentation methods have been discussed and exhausted, a lip lift can be entertained.
When evaluating whether a patient is a candidate for a lip lift, computer imaging is utilized to determine what is a realistic augmentation for the patient. Measurements to the millimeter are also taken off of the computerized image to yield surgical measurements for precision. An aesthetically pleasing lip has a symmetrical contour to cupid’s bow. A 1:1 height ration between the vertical height of the upper lip and vertical height of the lower lip is also sought.
What Happens During a Lip Lift Procedure?
To increase the show of the upper lip, a lip lift is becoming more popular. The procedure is performed with the patient under a twilight or general anesthetic. A surgical incision utilizing the laser diamond scalpel is made at the junction of the white lip and pink lip. The pink lip tissue is elevated around the upper lip muscle into the region of the mouth. The pink lip is then rolled further outward toward the white lip. At the lateral edges of the lip, a small portion of tissue is usually removed from the white lip in order to give a greater bulk effect to the pink lip. This is then sewn with very fine stitches to give a barely perceptible scar. Stitches are removed in 5-7 days. Make-up can then be applied. It usually takes several months for the scar to become barely perceptible. To increase the appearance of bulk to the lower lip, a lip advancement is usually performed. This entails dissecting segmental V-patterns of tissue from the lower lip and sewing them in an advanced manner called “V-Y”. Stitches placed in the lower lip are usually of the dissolvable type.
The best candidate for a lip lift is the patient that has an ultrathin upper and lower lip. The lip lift is a very gratifying procedure for these patients as it allows them to augment their lips surgically when filling materials would either be seen by the observer or felt by the patient having them done.
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