before & after
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 injected local anesthesia, 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.
1. Stop smoking at least two weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing.
2. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding.
3. Avoid using straws after this procedure.
It is vitally important that you follow all patient care instructions provided by your surgeon. Risks and potential complications of surgery are discussed during your consultation. The risks of this procedure are quite low. Some of the potential complications are listed below, but are not limited to:
• Adverse reaction to anesthesia
• Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
• Changes in sensation
• Allergic reactions
• Damage to underlying structures
• Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your board-certified plastic surgeon, both before and after your lip enhancement procedure.