Our board-certified surgeons at AJ Plastic Surgery Centre pride themselves on a commitment to patient satisfaction. They go above and beyond to ensure that your cosmetic procedure is the perfect fit for your unique needs.
The patch of skin between the nose and the top of the lip is called the philtrum. A lip lift removes some of this skin area, bringing the lip up to reveal more of the tissue of the upper lip. If you place your finger in this space and pull just a bit, you can see how this procedure shows more of the upper lip.
Patients seek a lip lift for aesthetic reasons. These can include the desire for fuller lips, to create a more prominent lip line, and to reduce the fine lines of the upper lip. While lip injections and fillers can provide temporary fuller lips, a lip lift is a permanent change to a patient’s appearance that does not require frequent upkeep.
As we age, the skin becomes more lax, and bone loss can cause the lips to roll inward, giving the appearance of thinner lips. A lip lift can help minimize these effects of aging in a way that facial procedures like a facelift don’t address. This procedure can also be beneficial if a patient feels like there is too much space between the upper lip and the nose or they want more “pout” to their upper lip.
The first step before scheduling a lip lift is the consultation. During the consultation, you’ll be asked questions to gain a comprehensive understanding of your medical history. This is important since you will be placed under general anesthesia for the procedure. After we have discussed your medical history, the procedure, and your aesthetic goals, we will create a customized procedure plan that’s based on your anatomy and the look you want to achieve.
We evaluate each patient to understand your goals and take into consideration factors such as overall health, mental health, age, and anatomy, to determine whether a patient is a candidate for lip lift surgery. Since each patient has a different facial structure and anatomy, it’s important to take into consideration the balance of the face and ways to create a more harmonious look for the patient.
For instance, there needs to be enough space between the upper lip and the nose to allow a lip lift to show a difference. In our evaluation, we are always honest and transparent about what can and cannot be achieved with any procedure. If we don’t think you are a candidate for a lip lift, there are alternatives such as lip injections and fillers we can suggest to help you achieve the look you envision for yourself.
Prior to your surgery date, you will be asked to see your primary care doctor for medical clearance, if need be. Even though this is a very quick procedure, safety is always the number one priority, so it is always better to be safe and have your doctor run diagnostic testing, including blood panels and a physical exam. This clearance means you are healthy for general anesthesia and reduces the risk of complications from the anesthesia.
All procedures are essentially reducing the amount of skin space between the lip and the nose. However, there are several different types of such surgeries. At your consultation, we will explain the different types of lip lifts and show you which is best for you based on your facial dimensions and the look you want to achieve.
You may see this referred to as a gullwing lip lift because of its shape. It creates a fuller lip and more defined lip border.
The subnasal bullhorn lip lift is one of the most popular lip procedures. The bullhorn refers to the shape of the incision around the bottom of the nose.
The goal of this procedure is to shorten the space between the nose and the upper lip.
This pulls up the corners of the upper lip to correct drooping and create a more smiley facial expression. This can be coupled with another type of lip lift to minimize the space between the lip and the nose.
An Italian lip lift is a less pronounced version of the bullhorn lip lift.
We offer both general and local anesthesia. General anesthesia provides optimal comfort and convenience. Since some lip lifts are very minimal procedures, they may be able to be performed with just local anesthesia. At your consultation, we will determine which type of anesthesia is best for your surgery needs.
During the procedure, we make discrete, small incisions to give your specific facial dimensions better harmony and balance while enhancing the look of your lips. Our focus is to create a natural-looking result that flatters your personal appearance.
The lip lift surgical procedure will differ based on the specific procedure you’re receiving. In a direct lip lift or gullwing lip lift, we will remove a thin strip of skin above the upper lip and pull the skin upward to reveal more of the pink vermillion parts of the upper lip. For a subnasal bullhorn lip lift, the incision can be hidden around the base of the nose so any incision scar is less visible. We trace the shape of the bottom of the nose and lift the skin up to the nose. A central lip lift also has an incision under the nose, but here it is a single “central” incision.
In a corner lip lift, we make two small incisions at the corners of the upper lip, removing a small amount of skin and pulling the skin upward. Finally, for an Italian lip lift, a very small incision is made under each nostril.
This procedure is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that typically takes around an hour to complete. This makes it one of the shortest procedure times and for some that only require a minimal amount of lifting, sedation might not be required.
Lip lift recovery usually takes around six to eight weeks. Immediately after surgery, you can expect some swelling, which should lessen greater over the following two weeks. Softer foods and liquid meals are recommended during these first two weeks. You should also limit your activity during this time and avoid strenuous activity after lip lift surgery. Your sutures will be removed after five days. In the two to four months after the surgery, you might notice a tight feeling around your lip area as your body heals and adjusts to the change.
We are extremely meticulous during lip lift surgery to minimize scarring and make incisions in the least noticeable locations. We focus on making incisions under the base of the nose, where scars can be hidden. Scars take a full 12 months to completely fade. We’ve developed a special incision closure technique that results in a thin, nearly invisible scar once the patient is fully healed.
The surgeons at AJ Plastic Surgery Centre are registered by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council and recognized by the Kenya Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. They offer a wide variety of non-invasive and surgical procedures to meet all your plastic surgery needs.
With years of experience, surgeons at AJ Plastic Surgery Centre have developed innovative techniques to help patients reach their aesthetic goals.