While injectable lip augmentation is a popular and effective way to enhance lip volume and contour, a surgical lip lift may be a more ideal option in certain cases.
This procedure is often appropriate for patients who have very thin lips and would like to give them a fuller appearance with results that last much longer than a dermal filler treatment can produce. Surgical lip enhancement can also be a good alternative for patients with lips that have been severely affected by the aging process. Our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Jess Prischmann, MD, can talk with you about your concerns and help you achieve your lip enhancement goals with results that look both beautiful and natural.
Who is a good candidate for surgical lip enhancement?
Most patients who are good candidates for surgical lip enhancement are those who:
- Have extremely thin lips and would like to achieve an enhancement of volume and definition
- Desire a more youthful appearance in the lips
- Are looking for lip enhancement options that yield long-lasting results
During your initial consultation, Dr. Prischmann will evaluate your needs and help you determine whether surgical lip enhancement, injectable lip augmentation, or another option may be best for your goals. If you are an ideal candidate for surgical lip enhancement, Dr. Prischmann will develop a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations.
What does the lip lift procedure involve?
Surgical lip enhancement is performed in a procedure room or operating room under mild sedation and local anesthesia. For a subnasal lip lift, the incision is planned under the base of the nose. A small amount of skin is removed, sutured, and the upper lip is “lifted,” resulting in more show of the red portion of the lip.
These procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.
What can I expect during recovery from surgical lip enhancement?
For surgical procedures, there are usually one or two weeks of downtime. Sutures are removed on day 5 following surgery. Local skin care is performed until the incisions completely heal. Occasionally, “touch-ups” are required following surgery.
In most cases, the incisions involved in lip enhancement surgery are very small and placed in relatively inconspicuous areas; therefore, residual scarring from these procedures are often virtually unnoticeable.
If you would like more information on surgical lip enhancement or other procedures available at our practice, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions or assist you with scheduling a consultation.