Patients who want to make their lips appear fuller have a variety of treatment choices at their disposal. These treatments include surgical options like silicone implants or lip lifts whereas injecting dermal fillers into the lips is a popular non-surgical lip augmentation technique. While lip fillers and implants give the lips more volume, the outcomes of these procedures can occasionally look rigid, puffy, and unnatural. In addition, lip fillers have to be repeated every one to two years or more and this can become inconvenient and costly after a period of time.
At Harris Facial Plastic Surgery, we strive to deliver the best lip lifts Beverly Hills has to offer. A lip lift achieves long-lasting, natural results without puffiness, stiffness, or recurrent maintenance procedures. Your lip lift will reduce the space between the top lip and the nose to increase the perceived volume of the upper lip, better define the lip border, and create a subtle yet impactful increase in tooth show. Schedule your consultation to learn if a lip lift is the best solution for you.
Various techniques for performing a lip lift have been used over the years, however, surgeons often strayed away from the procedure due to the scarring that occurred by removing the skin right above the upper lip. Recent advances in technique have allowed for excess skin to be removed directly below the nose in order to shorten the distance between the upper lip and the base of the nose with a nearly invisible scar.
Dr. Harris performs a deep plane lip lift, which is similar to the deep plane facelift in that it allows him to release and naturally raise the tissue without any “pulled” appearance. The incision he uses is precisely made in the natural creases around the nose, allowing for its concealment. By decreasing the distance between the nose and upper lip, more of the red lip (vermillion) is revealed, resulting in fuller, more youthful-looking lips. In addition, a lip lift will roll the vermillion border, which accentuates and defines the Cupid's bow and reveals more of your upper teeth.
Elongation of the upper lip is a part of the natural aging process and sometimes a long upper lip is just genetic when seen in younger individuals. Patients who want to boost the appearance and fullness of their lips can benefit from a number of advantages with the surgical lip lift.
These include avoiding the puffiness, stiffness, and repeated treatments often encountered with alternative options such as implants and fillers. Additionally, a lip lift can improve the contour and proportion of the mouth to the face as well as the look of a downturned mouth. The addition of a corner lip lift in particular can help individuals with slightly downturned corners of the mouth. As the upper teeth are slightly more exposed and the small lines on the lip are diminished, a lip lift can also result in a more prominent lip line and overall a more youthful appearance. Our Beverly Hills lip lift patients can have their procedure in-office under local anesthesia at Harris Facial Plastic Surgery for long lasting gorgeous results!
There is little preparation needed for your lip lift in Beverly Hills. There are some precautions you should take before your treatment, though, just like with any medical procedure. If you smoke, you must stop several weeks before your procedure. Smoking can adversely affect healing and anesthesia. You must refrain from taking aspirin and other substances that may thin the blood two weeks before your surgery. Prior to surgery, you must abstain from alcohol for at least 48 hours and meals and liquids for at least six hours. A comprehensive list of recommended precautions and medications to avoid will be provided to you by Dr. Harris prior to surgery.
Despite the fact that there are numerous lip-lifting methods, Dr. Harris focuses on the two most advanced surgical options: the Deep Plane Subnasal incision technique and the Corner Lip Lift.
The Deep Plane Subnasal Lip Lift offers the least amount of scarring—almost invisible—and this technique produces the most reliable and natural results. This procedure uses a bullhorn-shaped incision immediately below the nose's bottom edge. Before stitching up the incision, Dr. Harris will carefully remove a little portion of skin from this location. Next, the top lip is slightly pulled up while the incision is sutured to provide the appearance of a more prominent lip and to reveal a slightly increased amount of the upper teeth.
A corner lip lift is frequently referred to as a "grin lift" because it creates a more cheerful aspect to the face. Two small incisions are made at the corners of the mouth, and a small amount of skin is removed to help correct downturned corners of the mouth. Some patients will combine this procedure with a Deep Plane Subnasal Lip Lift to achieve a more volumized upper lip. These procedures are both excellent options for those who believe they have thin and downturned lips.
You must relax for at least 24 hours after your procedure. You must use caution when sleeping or lying down to avoid rolling onto your face or opening your lips too widely. Additionally, you'll need to moisturize your lips to prevent cracking and brush your teeth thoroughly using a small toothbrush. After surgery, you shouldn't smoke or do strenuous exercise for a few weeks. The outcome may be impacted by stress on your incision, which might increase scarring. Our Beverly Hills lip lift patients will receive thorough post-operative instructions from Dr. Harris, including information on properly cleaning your incision and when to come back to remove your sutures.
After surgery, your lips will immediately look bigger, but your final results won't be apparent until swelling and minor bruising subside and your incisions are completely healed. Around three months after your procedure, you should begin to see the final results of your lip lift. The Deep Plane Subnasal Lip Lift results are long-lasting. However, just like the rest of your face, your lips will continue to age naturally over time.
Although the lip lift is a modest surgical treatment with a straightforward premise, perfecting it takes years of effort. Dr. William Harris is highly-qualified and experienced in providing this procedure for patients from around the country, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills with consistently stunning lip lift outcomes. Dr. William Harris, a fellowship-trained, ABOHNS board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is someone you can trust with your face and lips. Set up your consultation today.
A prescription for a painkiller is typically given to patients. The majority of people, however, barely feel any pain following surgery.
Like any surgical operation, a lip lift involves risks. Scarring, numbness, bleeding, and an adverse reaction to anesthesia are all potential side effects of lip lift surgery. By having your lip lift with a skilled, ABOHNS board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. William Harris, you can reduce your risks.
The cost of your lip lift will depend on your unique needs. During your appointment, you and Dr. Harris will discuss your treatment plan, and a customized quote will be provided. Harris Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics offers financing options, which you may also discuss with us when your procedure is confirmed.
The lip lift will not impair your natural smile; instead, it should enhance your smile because it will allow for more of the upper teeth to be shown.
You'll be given a local anesthetic and medication to help you relax on the day of your lip lift. It is important to have a close friend or family member available to drive you home following your lip lift, even if you have just had local anesthesia.
If you are considering plastic surgery, choose the doctor who goes above and beyond for his patients. Dr. William Harris makes it his mission to deliver artful, innovative, and detailed surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you live more beautifully every day. Schedule a consultation today to start your journey.
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