The lip lift has increased in popularity as patients and surgeons have gained a more sophisticated understanding of ideal lip proportions. The white portion of the upper lip can elongate with age or have increased length naturally. Therefore, filler injections to the lips may not be adequate to create an attractive shape. Dr. Kim performs lip lift surgery in Portland, Oregon to create fuller, shapelier, more youthful looking lips in adults of all ages.
What Is a Lip Lift?
Our Portland lip lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to shorten the distance between the base of the nose and the upper lip. It helps roll out the upper lip to increase the pout, exposes more of the red portion of the upper lip, and gives the lips a more youthful look.
What Can You Expect with a Lip Lift Procedure?
A lip lift is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with optional oral sedation and generally takes less than an hour. Dr. Kim makes an incision in the natural creases under the base of the nose and removes a small amount of tissue. The upper lip is fixed into its ideal position and the incisions are closed.
It can take five to seven days to recover from a lip lift before you feel comfortable going out in public. You may experience moderate swelling and discomfort during the first 72 hours, which can be reduced with cold compresses and medication. Sutures are typically removed at approximately five days out from surgery.
This procedure may be a good option for adults with a thin upper lip or with a disproportionately longer distance between the bottom of the nose and the border of the upper lips.
Lip lift is a popular treatment option when aging has caused the lips to thin and the area between the nose and upper lip to lengthen. It is also becoming popular among younger patients who want to achieve fuller, poutier lips without undergoing repeated lip filler injections.
Because the upper lip lift does not affect the lower lip, patients may still require the addition of volume through filler injections to the lower lip. It also may be necessary to add filler to the upper lip if the patient desires more volume than the upper lip lift can provide.
Like any surgical incision, a lip lift incision will leave a scar. However, the wounds are meticulously closed and are strategically placed to be inconspicuous over time. While the incision is healing and the scar is fading, it can be camouflaged with makeup.
What Is the Perfect Distance Between the Upper Lip and the Nose?
The ideal measurement of the distance between the nose and the upper lip is 12 to 14mm in women. This distance can increase by up to three millimeters per decade with aging. The ideal distance for you is not set in stone, but determined by the overall features and proportions of your face.
As of June 30, 2021, Oregon will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions. We are very encouraged as we transition into this next phase of recovery. However, given we are a medical facility, we will still adhere to federal guidelines mandating masks in healthcare settings. Please see our updated COVID-19 policy below:
Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
To ensure patient privacy, please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgeries and select in-office procedures.
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