While lips come in all shapes and sizes, a full and youthful pout can enhance the face’s overall appearance. While some patients are born with thinner lips, others notice the fullness of their lips diminishing with age. As skin elasticity increases with age, the distance between the bottom of the nose and the upper lip gradually lengthens, reducing the amount of visible pink lip tissue. A lip lift offers patients the ability to increase the amount of visible pink tissue in the upper and lower lip to achieve a more youthful and voluminous appearance without significantly altering the natural shape of their lips. For patients interested in a lip lift Houston plastic surgeons at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery offer exceptionally stunning results.
A lip lift is a surgical lip enhancement option that offers permanent results, free of implants, fillers, or maintenance.
By carefully removing a small area of tissue, the amount of visible pink lip tissue is increased to enhance the appearance of fullness and youthfulness in the upper or lower lip. Depending on your cosmetic goals, a lip lift can maintain your lip's natural shape or achieve minor adjustments, such as reshaping your cupid’s bow or correcting asymmetry.
Candidates for lip lift surgery are in generally good health and possess a sufficient amount of tissue between their nose and the top edge of their lip to remove a small section of skin. Patients who can benefit from a lip lift are those with thin or asymmetrical lips. In addition, patients who would like to maintain a full appearance in their lips without fillers or additional treatments may also be excellent candidates for a Houston lip lift.
You can do some things to ensure a smooth procedure and recovery, starting two weeks ahead of your lip lift surgery. You should avoid any medications, supplements, or substances that may thin the blood, including smoking and NSAIDs. You will also need to arrange for time off work and someone close to you to drive you home to recover after your lip lift.
Your surgeon may administer general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation for your surgery. In any case, you will be completely numb during your lip lift. For an upper lip lift, your surgeon will create an incision directly under the nose, removing a small section of tissue.
Your surgeon will use this incision to meticulously address specific concerns like reshaping your cupid’s bow or enhancing your lip’s symmetry. In a lower lip lift, your surgeon will remove a small area of tissue just below the edge of your bottom lip. Your surgeon will close your incision or incisions as soon as they have created your ideal shape. As your surgeon pulls the remaining tissue together, your lips will instantly appear fuller and more youthful. The surgeons at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery offer exceptional skill and precision to produce the highest level of results with your lip lift.
Lip lift surgery is minimally invasive, so you can expect a speedy recovery. Your incision sites will be a bit swollen and tender for a few days. While some swelling may remain for up to a few months, it is minimal in most cases. You can anticipate staying home from work for about a week. After this time you will be able to apply makeup to help conceal your incisions.
While your lips will look fuller immediately after your surgery, you will need to keep in mind that some of the fullness is due to swelling. You will realize your full results after your incisions heal completely and all swelling has subsided around three months after your lip lift. Your lip lift results are permanent, so you will never have to worry about maintenance.
The Center for Plastic Surgery is a leading provider of lip lift surgery in Houston, Texas. Please contact our office to schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified Houston plastic surgeons. We look forward to hearing from you!
From start to finish, you can expect your lip lift to take approximately one to two hours.
You may experience some minor discomfort after your lip lift, but this is usually quite minimal and treatable with over-the-counter pain medications.
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