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Lip Lift


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Patient displayed underwent a Lip Lift with Dr. James Pearson. Before photo demonstrates relative elongation of the upper cutaneous lip as well as dimished 'red lip show' near the corners. Following a Subnasal Lip Lift and Corner Lip Lift procedures, the upper cutaneous lip is shortened and the natural shape of the "Cupid's Bow" area is enhanced. In addition, increased 'red lip show' is demonstrated in the lateral lip (toward the corners of the mouth) Together, a more favorable proportion and shape are imparted to the lips.

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Corner Lip Lift Overview

GOALS To enhance the balance, proportion and/or shape of the lips. To enhance 'red lip show' at the sides of the lips. To minimize the appearance of the 'downturned mouth'.
PROCEDURE Corner Lip Lift
ANESTHESIA Local anesthesia. Sedation is optional, and not needed for most patients.
LENGTH Under 1 hour
AFTER PROCEDURE Sutures removed in 7 days, resume most activities immediately.
RECOVERY Swelling much improved by 3-5 days. Return to work in 1 week.


Introduction
The Subnasal Lip Lift procedure is one option for long-lasting lip enhancement. The procedure involves lifting or shortening the upper lip to restore balance between the upper and lower lips.

The Corner Lip Lift may be performed at the same time as a Subnasal Lip Lift or independently, depending on the concerns and needs of the patient. The Corner Lip Lift allows for increased 'red lip' show near the corners of the upper lip. The procedure is performed by surgically removing skin just above the lateral vermillion border (red lip border) of the upper lip. The surgical incision is concealed within the transition between the vermillion border and the lip skin.

Background
The lips are unique facial features, which receive special attention. During social engagement, our eyes are drawn disproportionately to one's lips as they are to one's eyes. Lips figure prominently in speech and communication and often receive makeup to accentuate their appearance. Various methods of lip enhancement are available including minimally invasive as well as surgical techniques. Both temporary and permanent options are available. Temporary options are a good way for patients to experiment with changes to the lip and 'try on' their new appearance. Many  procedures may be performed in the office.

A natural appearance to the lips is integral to a favorable result. Size, shape, symmetry, proportion and balance must all be factored in to the doctor's plan and approach. Simply 'plumping' the lips is not sufficient to acheive the results desired by most women. Evaluation and treatment by a facial specialist like Dr. Pearson can maximize your chances for a superior result. Dr. Pearson's lip enhancement patients appreciate his gentle touch, painless technique, artistic sensibility and eye for detail.

The Aging Process
During the normal aging process, the lips change in size and shape. The red portion of the lip (vermillion) decreases in height and the skin-covered portion of the upper lip (cutaneous lip) elongates. Volume is lost from the red lip as well as from portions of the cutaneous lip responsible for lip contour including the white-red border of the lip (the "white roll") and the portion of the cutaneous lip below the nose which comprises the so-called "Cupid's bow" and adjacent "philtral columns". In addition, the lateral portion of the upper red lip may decrease in height which minimizes 'red lip show' near the lip corners. In some cases, the lateral red lip appears to 'turn in' which may contribute to the appearance of downturned corners of the mouth. The cutanaous (skin-bearing) portions of the upper and lower lips also develop vertical lines from both age-related skin changes and the repeated action of the underlying muscles over many years. Together, these changes impart a less youthful appearance to the lip and mouth.

Pearson Lip Enhancement Diagram

Candidates for Lip Lift Procedure
You may be a candidate for lip enhancement if the changes in size or shape of your lips contribute to an unsatisfactory appearance of the lips or if you are interested in lip enhancement. In particular, you may be a candidate for the Corner Lip Lift procedure if you have concerns about the loss of red lip show near the upper lip corners or the appearance of downturned corners of the mouth.

Complementary Procedures
Resurfacing of the skin surrounding the mouth can help to improve the vertical lines which appear on the white portion of the upper and lower lips.

Possible Non-surgical Alternative Treatments
Volumizing fillers may be used to rejuvenate the lips by restoring volume or enhancing lip shape and contour.

Recovery after Lip Lift
For surgical procedures, mild soreness, and temporary swelling and bruising improve over a couple of days. Most people choose to wait until any sutures are removed (5-7 days) prior to returning to work.

Lip Lift Scar - Photo Illustration
Photo Lip Lift Scar

Photo inset demonstrates a well healed lip lift scar (6 months). When carefully designed, meticulously performed and taken care of appropriately, scars are typically imperceptible to onlookers and may be further disguised with makeup.



Featured Video - Lip Enhancement Before & After





Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the incision site placed?

The incision site is designed to be concealed just underneath the nose in the natural skin crease between the lower nose and the upper lip.

How much skin is removed during the lip lift?

This is a very individualized surgical decision, and varies from patient to patient. The amount of skin removed depends upon Dr. Pearson's evaluation, the patient's goals and the laxity of the skin.

Is the muscle affected during this procedure?

With Dr. Pearson's technique, the underlying lip muscle is not disturbed in most cases.

What are the potential risks of this procedure?

Potential risks are similar to any facial implant procedure and include the possibilities of infection, poor scar formation, etc. A detailed discussion about possible risks is undertaken during consultation with Dr. Pearson. Various precautions are taken to minimize risks. Most patients experience no complications.

Is the procedure permanent?

The Lip Lift does not become 'undone'. The excised lip skin does not grow back. However, with continued aging, one may expect additional and progressive upper lip elongation to develop with aging.

Can an onlooker tell that I had a Lip Lift?

Any surgical scar is not invisible. However, when carefully designed, meticulously performed and appropriately cared for, scars are typically imperceptible to onlookers and may be further disguised with makeup.

Is the procedure painful?

Patients report that they feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure. On the evening of the procedure, many patients use pain medications to control the soreness and help them to rest. Most patients discontinue use of prescription pain medications within 2-3 days.

Can I drive myself home from the procedure?

Yes. Since only local anesthesia (numbing medication) is typically used, you may resume normal activities immediately following the procedure.

Is there swelling and/or bruising following the procedure?

For most women, bruising is minimal. Swelling of the lips is expected. Lips appear most swollen on the day after the procedure. By 1 week, most (but not all) of the swelling has dissipated.

Will the Lip Lift impart the appearance of 'duck lips'?

This is a common concern. At our practice, we have not had that occur. If the correct amount of lifting is performed, the Lip Lift procedure does not impart the forward-projecting lip appearance referred to as 'duck lips.'

How do I care for my lips during the healing period?

Patients are provided with detailed instructions at the time of the procedure.

How long before I can return to work?

Most women choose to return to work by about 7-10 days, when most of the swelling has subsided.

When can I resume full activity including exercise?

In most cases, patients may resume full activity by 2-3 weeks following the procedure.

Why would anyone consider this procedure if they can achieve the results they want using injectable treatments?

Most patients who consider this procedure are not satisfied with the results achieved using fillers. Interested patients seek a more balanced lip appearance or a shortened upper lip, and not simply increased fullness of the lips.


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