Lip Lift Overview

A lip lift can address increase the size of your lips if you have thin lips or have signs of aging. A lip lift increases the pink portion of the upper or lower lip or to reduce the distance between lips and your nose (the lip-to-nose ratio). A lip lift procedure involves taking a strip of skin from the part of the lip close to your nose. Though it can take about 7-10 days to heal, the results of a lip lift can be worth the time. There are two types of lip lifts the Bullhorn lift and the Gull-wing lift.

Candidates for lip lift: For an upper lip lift, doctors look for a distance between the nose and the upper lip of greater than 1.8 cm. Less than this and you may only realize a small change or improvement.

Lip lift recovery: 7-10 day healing period where the incision is quite visible and red. After this, makeup can be applied to camoflauge the area. As the swelling subsides, the lip should look natural. Incisions under the nose heals should heal with minimal scar.

Lip lift risks: Doctors state that you should avoid a lip lift if you are slow to recover or heal from a wound. Other potential risks to talk with your doctor about are swelling, excessive shortening, relapse, inadequate vermillion showing, asymmetry, and sensation changes.

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