Would a lip lift help my smile? (Photos)
8 months ago
As you can see in the pictures it takes a lot of effort to show my teeth when I smile which makes it look unnatural. I've been smiling with my mouth closed in pictures but I really want to be able to smile with all the pearly whites while making it look natural. I have straight teeth so I don't think I need dental surgery... would a lip lift help? I just need it to look natural when I pull my upper lip up. Thanks!
Doctor Answers (2)
A lip lift does 3 things: it shortens the distance between
your nose and upper lip, rolls out the upper lip and increases the incisor
show. Unfortunately, your photographs
are not adequate. I would need a
photograph of you in repose with your jaw relaxed to see how much incisor show
you have. This technique is very
effective in improving the appearance of your smile.
Gary Horndeski, M.D.
A very minor lip lift may help you achieve the results that you want. Consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to discuss your options and expectations.
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