Gravity, changes in the facial skeleton and ligament laxity can all lengthen the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose, making you appear older than you really are.
While age is the leading cause of a longer upper lip, some people are simply born with one. A longer upper lip also means you show less of your teeth when you smile or talk.
Fortunately, a lip lift can shorten the upper lip, creating a more youthful and symmetrical appearance that will also allow you to show more of your teeth when talking or smiling.
Adding filler or transferring fat into the lip area will only add more volume. In order to shorten the upper lip and increase teeth visibility, a lip lift is necessary.
A lip lift is a day surgery that is performed under general anaesthetic or oral sedation. The average procedure lasts around 90 minutes and is often performed in conjunction with additional procedures such as a facelift.
Procedural advancements have made this surgery even more effective and long-lasting, leaving patients with natural-looking results. Incisions are usually made in the crease at the base of the nose or inside the nostrils to reduce visibility.
No bandages will be applied to the face after the procedure and patients can go home on the same day as their surgery. An antibiotic ointment will be prescribed for the incisions and most patients can expect to return to work after 7 to 10 days.
For the first week after your lip lift surgery, it’s advisable to avoid excessive talking, chewing or smiling to accelerate the healing process.
It’s also best to stick to a mostly liquid diet that includes soups and smoothies to prevent any unnecessary mouth movements. Patients should also refrain from biting into and chewing any hard foods for at least a month after their procedure.
Patients can expect some mild bruising and swelling after their lip lift procedure and any stitches can generally be removed after a week. The incisions from the procedure will also fade over time.
Who is an ideal candidate?
If you have thin or narrow lips or the corners of your mouth have begun to droop, you could be an ideal candidate for a lip lift at Academy Face and Body.
You are also an ideal candidate for this procedure if the area between the base of your nose and your upper lift has lengthened and if your teeth are barely visible when smiling or talking.
You should also be healthy and have realistic expectations about the procedure.