A lip lift surgery, also known as an upper lip lift or subnasal lip lift, is a cosmetic procedure that aims to enhance the appearance of the upper lip. It involves removing a small strip of skin just above the lip to shorten the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose. The goal is to create a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing lip shape by increasing the visibility of the pink lip and defining the lip border.
There are several reasons why someone may choose to undergo lip lift surgery. Firstly, it can address aging concerns by reversing the elongation of the distance between the upper lip and nose that occurs with age, resulting in a more defined and fuller-looking upper lip. Additionally, a lip lift can help correct lip asymmetry, balancing the appearance of uneven lips. It can also be beneficial for individuals with a gummy smile, as the procedure can minimize gum exposure and create a more harmonious smile. Compared to lip augmentation with fillers or implants, a lip lift focuses on improving lip proportions and shape, providing a more natural-looking outcome.
During the lip lift surgery, Dr. Ortiz, our board-certified plastic surgeon, typically begins by administering local anesthesia to numb the area. He then carefully makes an incision just beneath the base of the nose, creating a small strip of skin to be removed. The amount of skin removed depends on the desired outcome and the patient's individual features. Once the skin strip is excised, the surgeon precisely sutures the incision, ensuring proper alignment and minimal scarring. The surgery itself usually takes about an hour to complete, and patients may choose to have additional procedures performed simultaneously, such as lip augmentation or reshaping. After the procedure, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. The stitches are typically removed within one to two weeks, and the healing process continues over several weeks, during which the swelling gradually subsides. To learn more details, please read our frequently asked question about a lip lift procedure.
Are you considering a lip lift surgery to enhance the appearance of your upper lip? Take the first step towards achieving results by scheduling a consultation for lip lift surgery in Raleigh today. Our skilled team, led by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, is experienced in facial aesthetics and can guide you through the process, addressing your unique goals and concerns. Don't wait any longer to achieve the balanced and youthful lip contour you desire. Contact North Raleigh Plastic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation and take the first step towards a more confident smile– get started by calling us at919-532-2270 or filling out the contact form below.