As we age, the area between the nose and the upper lip elongates, causing the top lip to flatten. Lifting this area has a rejuvenating effect, creating a fuller, defined upper lip and more youthful facial proportions. Fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Tripathi performs lip lift surgery in Livermore, CA, to give Pleasanton, Dublin, and San Ramon-area men and women natural-looking, long-lasting lip enhancement.
What Is a Lip Lift?
A lip lift, also called a bullhorn lift or subnasal lift, is a surgical procedure designed to achieve a balance between the upper and lower lips. It involves removing a small strip of tissue just below the nostrils to lift the upper lip, creating a more proportional appearance. In the process, it rolls the upper lip upward for a fuller, more defined vermillion (the pink area of the lips).
Who Is a Candidate for a Lip Lift?
Lip lift candidates include people who have an elongated upper lip or a flattened top lip, often as a result of the aging process. However, people of all ages can benefit if they have a disproportionately long philtrum (the area between the nose and the vermillion) and desire a more lifted, upturned upper lip.
Why Choose a Lip Lift Over Lip Injections?
While they both fall under the category of lip enhancement, lip lifts and lip injections with dermal fillers achieve different things. Dermal fillers add volume below the skin to plump and define lips, whereas a lip lift repositions the skin to adjust the proportions in the area. This has a lifting, defining effect that dermal fillers alone won’t achieve. Lip lift results are also longer lasting than dermal fillers. They can be combined for a more dramatic effect.
How Is the Lip Lift Procedure Done?
Lip lift takes about an hour and is typically performed while you are under local anesthesia. Dr. Tripathi creates an incision just below the nostrils that is easily disguised within the natural crease. He takes a customized approach to maintain the unique integrity of your lips while refining their proportions.
Dr. Tripathi can adjust the procedure depending on whether you want to turn your lip up more, better define your cupid’s bow, address asymmetry, and so on. You’ll discuss the specifics of your procedure during your consultation.
What Is Lip Lift Recovery Like?
Most people return to work and their usual activities after about 7 to 10 days. You may have some swelling or bruising in the area in the meantime. You can cover any scarring with makeup after 1 or 2 weeks. Your scar will continue to flatten and fade for several months, becoming even less visible.
How Much Does a Lip Lift Cost?
The cost of a lip lift varies from person to person, depending on the approach and whether you choose to include other procedures. Following your consultation with Dr. Tripathi, we will provide you with a personalized price breakdown. Financing is available through Enhance Patient Finance.