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What is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift is a short, simple surgical procedure designed to shorten the space between your nose and the red part of your upper lip. This procedure lifts and unfurls the lip, which plumps the lip and achieves a beautifully reshaped, full, attractive appearance. 

Fillers and Botox can be used to lift, enhance and reshape the lips. Unfortunately, these effective and popular treatments do have a drawback–they don’t last. A lip lift achieves many of the same results injectables do, and they put the upper lip in proper proportion with the rest of the mouth and facial features. And the results are so long lasting, they can be considered  permanent.

Benefits of a Lip Lift 

A lip lift is a very popular procedure because of its outstanding benefits. Benefits include the following:

  • A fuller, plumper upper lip
  • Enhanced shape and position of the upper lip
  • Natural-looking rejuvenation
  • An attractive smile that shows off your upper teeth
  • Eliminated “gummy smile”
  • Long-lasting, considered permanent
  • Short procedure
  • Short recovery period

Am I a Candidate For a Lip Lift?

Candidates are patients who would like to enhance their lips with a more permanent approach, without having to get repeated filler or Botox treatments. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • You are in good health
  • You have no serious medical conditions
  • You do not smoke
  • There is adequate distance between the upper lip and nose for the procedure to be performed
  • The distance between the upper lip and nose is overly long, and/or the upper lip is very thin
  • You are ready for a permanent, surgical approach to lip enhancement

What Concerns Does a Lip Lift Resolve?

Many people have a longer upper lip area between the red of the lip and the nose, which can elongate the face. Others have a naturally thin upper lip that causes them to look older. Age and genetics both factor into these concerns and can additionally cause the upper lip to partially cover your upper teeth when you smile, either due to genetics or age. The red part of the lip can begin to curve inward, making the lip look thinner. When you smile, your lip can hang over the teeth and hide the full shine of your smile. These issues, and the following concerns, can be resolved with a lip lift in Agoura Hills:

  • Sagging, drooping upper lip
  • Curving or rolling inward of the upper lip
  • Upper teeth covered by a drooping lip when you smile
  • A “gummy” smile that shows too much gum tissue
  • A thin or narrow upper lip
  • A disproportionately long distance between the upper lip and the nose
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Before & After

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What Should I Expect During a Lip Lift?

You will start with an in-depth consultation with Dr. Tansavatdi, who will look at your medical history, examine your lips and skin, explain the procedure in detail, and discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals. 

To begin your procedure, Dr. Tansavatdi will inject local anesthesia into the upper lip area. She will draw marks under your nose where the incision will be made. The incision point is made very carefully to ensure scarring is at an absolute minimum. Using the incision point, she will precisely remove a small section of skin under the nose. The remaining skin will be lifted upward gently to the base of the nose and secured with sutures.

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Your upper lip will be sore and swollen for the first few days. For the first week, it’s important to keep your incision clean and apply antibacterial ointment to the area as instructed by Dr. Tansavatdi. Some patients are up and about within a day, while others need a few days to rest and recuperate. Take your healing at the speed with which you’re comfortable. While you may feel fully recovered sooner, do avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity for about two weeks. 

The final results will be most apparent after about two months. At this point, any remaining swelling is gone and the healing is fully complete. You will be able to see the better proportions, fuller, ,and more attractive upper lip you wanted.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With a Lip Lift?

Patients often opt to combine a lip lift with other procedures such as a facelift for overall facial rejuvenation. Because a lip lift is a short, simple procedure, it pairs easily with other procedures such as a rhinoplasty, brow lift, eyelid lift, neck lift, and others. During your consultation, Dr. Tansavatdi will discuss your options if you’re interested in combining other procedures with your lip lift to achieve your aesthetic goals.

Why Choose Dr. Tansavatdi For My Lip Lift?

Dr. Kristina Tansavatdi is a highly sought-after, double board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 15 years of hands-on surgical experience. Dr. Tansavatdi has a meticulous, artistic eye and a practiced hand, which has earned her a reputation for excellence and outstanding results. She dedicates herself to her patients and their goals, and considers it an honor to help them achieve the beautiful lips and smile they wanted from their lip lift. Call today for a consultation.

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