Most lip lift complications occur from trying to secure the orbicularis muscle or the skin to deeper structures. This has a high chance of making your upper lip stiff and causing an abnormal smile. Lip lifts should be a skin excision procedure only. No deep fixation of tissues is advised.
A lip lift is performed through an incision placed in the crease between nose and upper lip and extends around the nostrils, hidden in the groove that divides nostril from the cheek. A 4-5 mm of skin strip is removed and skin is sutured to skin of the base of the nose. When carefully executed the incision (scar) is well hidden in the crease described above. No muscle sutures or fixation to the nose septum is needed since lip is not normally attached to the nose.
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Subnasal lip lift incision and closure
The closure of the subnasal lift procedure should not be made complex. The closure does not require fixation of the lip to the nasal septum or other deep structures in order to result in an esthetically pleasing outcome. Two layers of sutures typically used in skin removal procedures are sufficient to close the skin excised from the procedure.