Over time, the skin between the nose and upper lip loses elasticity and lengthens, resulting in thin, flat lips.
A lip lift helps minimise the gap between the nose and the upper lip, which makes the face look softer and more feminine. It also exposes more of the teeth, creating a more youthful-looking mouth. The procedure can even be combined with dermal fillers or a dermal fat graft to create a volumising effect.
Lip lifts are ideal for anyone who wants to reverse the effects of ageing or smoking on their upper lip but a consultation will be necessary to determine whether you are an ideal candidate.
Lip lifts are minimally-invasive and only require a local anaesthetic. A lip lift is minimally invasive, which makes it one of the safer facial rejuvenation procedures around today.
One of two techniques can be used during a lip lift. One option is for the incision to be made along the red lip border, after which the excess skin will be removed. The second option is for the incision to be made just under the nose and is commonly referred to as a bull horn upper lip lift. Once the excess skin has been removed, the lip is lifted using sutures.
The average procedure takes about an hour and your sutures will be removed after 7 – 10 days, allowing your incisions to heal naturally.