Surgery – Lip Lift

Our upper lips lengthen as we age creating an imbalance in the appearance of our mouths. In addition the red portion no longer shows as much as the lip turns in toward the teeth. Many providers advise patients that lip augmentation is a good option in these situations. I could not disagree more! Augmenting a lip that is too long magnifies the problem and draws attention to a feature that is not aesthetically appealing already.

A lip lift is designed to shorten the upper lip back to normal length and evert it slightly so the appropriate amount of red lip shows. To accomplish this, an incision is made right under the nose and a small swath of skin is removed effectively shortening and everting the lip. Very small sutures are placed precisely so that the subsequent scar becomes very difficult to see. The procedure can be performed in the office with only local anesthesia that is injected like at the dentist. The procedure takes less than an hour. Swelling, bruising and soreness are minimal. Sutures are removed post-treatment day five or six.


Stop smoking at least two weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing

Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding

Avoid using straws after this procedure

Recovery time frame