The Distance Between Nose and Upper Lip is 2 Cm. Can 9mm of Lip Lift Be Done to Reach 1.1? (photo)

very long distance between base of nose and upper lip.

Doctor Answers 3

You may find that the "cure is worse than the problem"

You have facial proportions which will make a lip lift a poor option:

  • Narrow nose at the base
  • Broad face
  • A broad lip centrally and narrow laterally

Unfortunately in order to achieve adequate lip lift, the incision would have to be extended beyond your narrow nasal base creating a visible scar.

Interestingly, the proportions of you face might be improved by having botox injected into your masseter muscle and this will make your lips appear better proportioned.

Dr. Mayl

Fort Lauderdale


Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
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Lip lifts for men

It looks like you are a great candidate for a lip lift if you're looking to reduce the space between the bottom of your nose and the top of your lips. I prefer the bullhorn scar, right underneath the nose where it's well hidden, as opposed to the gull wing scar, right above the lips. The procedure may be done in the office under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort. An incision is placed directly beneath the nose and a small strip of skin and tissue is removed.

However, while the ideal distance for women is about the 1.1cm you mention, I like to leave a much longer distance for men, about 1.5cm.

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Lip Lift Limitations

A 9 mm move with a lip lift is too much, it's really not possible.  Plus, a 1.1 cm upper lip would likely be too little.  There are other issues to consider as well - how much of your upper teeth show in repose and during animation?  Don't forget there will be a scar under your nose - it will likely heal discretely, but nevertheless will be there forever. 

Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

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