50-75 years old
The lips and the tissue around the lips are often neglected in facial rejuvenation efforts. With facial aging, the upper lip tends to increase in length, resulting in a long upper lip and less visibility of the upper teeth.
An upper lip lift is performed by removing excess upper lip skin through an incision located where the nose meets the upper lip, thereby attempting to hide the final scar under the nose. Depending on the deformity, the incisions can sometimes be partially hidden inside the nose (endonasal lip lift). The excess upper lip skin is removed and the skin is meticulously closed with sutures.
To rejuvenate the peri-oral (around the mouth) region.
Office, Surgery Center or Hospital
Patients should have allergic rhinitis controlled and cannot be using any nicotine-containing substances.
Local anesthesia in the office or general anesthesia at a surgical facility.
Patients go home after surgery and do not require a night in the hospital.
After a lip lift, you should sleep with your head elevated above your heart for a few days to help reduce the swelling.
You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to drive or care for others.
Walking After Surgery
You are encouraged to walk around as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.
You may shower immediately following surgery.
1 week for light exercise. 2 weeks for regular exercise. Avoid pressure and trauma to the incision area for 6 weeks.
Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period.
Usually greatest around 3 days after surgery from which time it starts to subside. Some patients remain a little swollen for 2 months.
Usually subsides by 1-2 weeks.
Risks & Complications
Poor scarring, numbness, asymmetry, bleeding, infection, prolonged swelling, need for revision, complications related to anesthesia.
Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque, Dr. Patterson