Lip lift surgery is one of the most popular treatments for those looking to achieve fuller and more shapely lips. As a permanent solution to fillers, lip surgery can help you achieve the look you want, giving you a boost in confidence and self-esteem.
Carried out at the Evolve Medical Clinic in Leeds, our medical team will be alongside you during your journey, from consultation to completion. To learn more about the treatment or to begin your journey today, book your consultation and speak to one of our specialists.
What Is A Lip Lift?
A lip lift is a surgical procedure that shortens the space between the base of the nose and the top of the lip, known as the philtrum.
The procedure will involve a small piece of skin being removed from between the nose and mouth — the exact location of the incision will depend on the type of lip lift. This increases the amount of pink tissue that’s visible which makes the lips look fuller and more pronounced. It also increases how much of your upper central teeth show when your lips are resting. Once the surgery is complete, sutures will be in place for up to a week after. The scarring following a lip lift will be very discrete, resulting in a naturally elevated look.
What Are The Benefits Of A Lip Lift?
Lip lifts can make the upper lip look larger and more pronounced, creating a much plump effect around the mouth area. With age, it’s common for the lower face to droop or for the lips to thin over time. A lip lift can help reverse some of these visible effects of ageing, creating a more youthful appearance.
A great alternative to lip filler, lip lifts are a permanent solution. This means that you can save money in the long-term as one lip lift procedure will replace numerous lip filler appointments. The results can also be controlled, as the surgical procedure carefully augments the lip area and doesn’t rely on a filler to bolster the area, meaning you can work with your specialist to achieve the look you desire.
This procedure is ideal for people looking for a more defined cupid’s bow without the “duck lip” look from filler, and those who want to reduce the thinning of the lips that can naturally happen with age.
What Before/Aftercare Is Required For A Lip Lift?
When undergoing lip lift surgery it is important to carry out the necessary before and aftercare to ensure that the surgery runs as smoothly as possible and that you can recover properly.
All of the preparation you’ll be required to do will be explained to you prior to your procedure by our specialists.
You should avoid alcohol and smoking during the lead-up to your surgery. This is because smoking can affect anaesthetics and can even delay the healing time afterwards. Similarly, you should also avoid alcohol for a few days both before and after your surgery as this promotes bruising.
Aftercare is just as important as the preparation, as this will determine how well and how quickly you can recover from the procedure.
It’s recommended that you limit the intake of foods which require you to chew, as this can aggravate the area, causing discomfort and swelling. When showering you must be extremely careful when cleaning around the area, preventing any soaking of the wound. It’s also recommended that you avoid taking baths or bathing in jacuzzis to limit the chance of any bacteria entering the wound.
How Long Does a Lip Lift Last?
The results of a lip lift are permanent, hence it being an excellent alternative to the upkeep of continuous lip filler. Whilst this can combat any visible signs of ageing around the mouth area at the time of treatment, this doesn’t mean that it will prevent any future signs of ageing.
For those who have previously sought temporary treatments, such as fillers or other methods of lip augmentation, a lip lift should be seen as a permanent solution.
Are There Any Side Effects of Lip Lift Surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are side effects and potential risks involved. It’s not guaranteed that you will experience all or even any of these potential side effects, however, it’s important to be aware that you may encounter some and that it is a completely normal result of the treatment.
Common side effects/risks include:
- Improper wound healing
- Blood loss (during/after surgery)
- Nerve damage
- Allergic reactions to anaesthesia
During your appointments prior to surgery, you will be informed of all the risks involved and provided with sufficient support to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment journey.
What is the difference between a lip lift and dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are injected into the lips to create a more full appearance but typically only last around 3-6 months, depending on how much the patient has injected. However, a lip lift is a surgical procedure which lifts the lip upwards, creating the appearance of fuller lips.
Whilst fillers add fullness to the lips and can improve their shape temporarily, they don’t offer the permanency that a lip lift can and may become costly over time.
Will there be scarring?
The discreetly placed scar should eventually fade until it is barely noticeable to the naked eye. As incisions are being made into the skin, it is common for the patient to experience scarring as a result of a lip lift. However, the location and visibility of the scar depend on the surgical technique.
Incisions are made at the base of the nose and sometimes at the top of the lip for an upper lip lift.
What age is best to have lip lift surgery?
Whilst lip lift surgery can be great for reversing some signs of ageing, there is no recommended age to receive the treatment. Some opt to have the treatment in their early 20s to further enhance their appearance, whilst others have it later in life, seeking a newly revitalised look. Every person is different and their journey will be tailored to them and supported by our team of specialists.
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