Lip lift: different approach -Undermining skin, scar, motor function questions.

Approach involves skin flap & extended incision. In the end, motor function & vascularity is preserved and scar is not perceptible. 1. In which dermal level may undermining take place without disrupting motor function between the upper lip and nose? 2. How is it possible the skin didn't show the incision scar, what techniques are attributable to this? 3. How difficult is it to achieve this good scar outcome? 

Doctor Answers 1

Lip lift - different approach ok?

Thank you for asking about your lip lift.
  • The standard lip lift can be done with extended incisions, never disrupts motor function and vascularity (it extends only through the dermis) and the scar is usually imperceptible, at times invisible.
  • I do not see the benefit of a skin flap (raising the skin off the muscle beyond the surgical area) unless it is a minor variation developed for self-promotion.
  • The need for a skin flap would only arise to close the skin of a very aggressive lip lift -
  • In this case, there is a risk of a poor scar.
  • I would get a second opinion before having this skin-flap lip lift.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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