What is a Lip Lift?
A Lip Lift generally refers to an Upper Lift Lift – a surgical procedure elevating the position of the upper lip to create a more youthful and relaxed smile. However, there are two types of Lip Lifts: Upper Lip Lift and a Corner Lip Lift.
Upper Lip Lift – shortens the skin distance that is between the upper lip and the base of the nose. This increases the amount of pink lip that is seen, exposes the teeth more, and gives fuller, more youthful looking lips.
Corner Lip Lift – involves only the edges of the mouth and is designed for the patient who feels as though they have a permanent frown.
The Upper Lip Lift is more common than the Corner Lip Lift, but if a patient is concerned about both the fullness and excess distance between the nose and the upper lift as well as a permanent frown expression, the two procedures may be performed together.
What problems does a Lip Lift address?
Candidates for the procedure include patients with these symptoms:
Upper Lip Lift
Teeth do not show when smiling
Long space (greater than 1.5 cm) between the nose and the upper lip
Thin flat lips
Lip fillers result in duck lips because the upper lip does not have room to expand vertically
Corner Lip Lift
Corner of mouth is turned down
Who benefits most from an Upper Lip Lift?
Patients of all ages can benefit from the Upper Lip Lift procedure. Some of us are born with a long space above the upper lip while other people acquire this look with age. No matter what a patient’s age, this procedure is designed to shorten the space above the upper lip. Even patients in their twenties undergo this procedure with fantastic results. If the lips are not as full as desired, and there is a long space above the lip, that patient will likely benefit from this procedure.
In addition, patients who experience the phenomenon known as ‘duck lips’ after filler injections, will see a vast improvement with a Lip Lift procedure. After a Lip Lift procedure, lip fillers should no longer result in duck lips.
How much space is considered to be ‘too long’?
The ideal length of the space between your nose and the vermilion border of the upper lip varies with gender. For females, this length usually ranges from 1.0-1.2 cm. Males typically have a longer space averaging 1.3 cm-1.5 cm. The amount of space longer than that measurement is considered to be the excess part.
As people age, all the bones of the body (including the face) retract and diminish allowing the flesh of the face to hang more. The soft tissue and fat of the face undergo atrophy so the skin itself also falls. The aged upper lip is characterized by a thin or non-existent vermilion (the pink lip part) and a resting smile that does not show teeth. An ideal, youthful lip is often full and slightly pouting. The pink part of the lip should ideally be 1/3 to 1/2 the volume of the ‘mustache’ area in general.
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