Lip lift shortens the philtrum, which is the space from the top of the lip to the nose by increasing the amount of pink tissues creating a fuller and more pronounced look. Lip lift entails several types and techniques.
Direct lip lift – creates a more defined lip border by removing a thin strip of skin just above the upper lip and thus, pulling the skin upwards. However, may leave behind scars on the upper lip area
Subnasal bullhorn, one of the more common types of lift procedure. The doctor will make an incision along the base of the nose in the shape of a bullhorn. The lip is then pulled up towards the nose.
A Central lip lift, similar to the subnasal bullhorn lift procedure.
Corner lip lift or also known as a ‘grin lift’ is done through two incisions made at both corners of the mouth. This gives a more smiley look. An option for people who have downturned lips or a procedure done with another lip lift for a fuller lip look.
An Italian lip lift is also somewhat similar to the bullhorn but instead of one, two incisions will be made below each nostril.
To prepare, you will be required to not eat or drink 6 hours before. You will also need to stop smoking weeks before, avoid alcohol at least 2-4 days, and stop certain medications up to 14 days before the surgery.
The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia. Depending on the type of lift, the surgery will commence once anesthesia has been administered. Sutures will be put on and likely to be taken off only after a week.
Expect some swelling and bruising to last about 7-10 days. Your doctor would likely advise you to apply cold compresses or take pain medications only when necessary.
Keep the incision clean and apply antibiotic ointment as prescribed.
You may need to take a week off work. Most patients are able to return to work after a week.
Some sutures may be absorbable which may not need to be removed. If your doctor has applied surgical glue to the incision area for protection, it is best not to peel it away.
Do refrain from smoking and excessive chewing for up to 14 days.
Expect immediate results but the final effect will show once swelling, bruising and scarring settle down. This may take up to about 3 months.
Possible complications may include:
-poor wound healing
-blood loss during or after surgery
-allergic reaction to anesthesia