Are you a Lip Lift candidate?
Because a Lip Lift is designed for facial rejuvenation and lip enhancement, the procedure is suitable for a broader age range.
- Older patients: You dislike the way your lips have succumbed to the signs of aging and are seeking facial rejuvenation. Not only has aging caused your lips to thin out, it has also elongated the area between the bottom of your nose to the top of your upper lip. This area is known as the cutaneous lip (the distance between the nasal sill and the vermilion border of the red lip). A Lip Lift shortens the area above your upper lip and increases the visibility of the upper lip, rolling it out a bit to make it look fuller.
- Younger patients: You want a more everted pout. While you can get this effect with fillers or Botox in a procedure known as a Lip Flip, a surgical Lip Lift can give you similar results without having to repeat treatments every 3-4 months. Just one procedure can give you beautiful results that last for years.
In addition to being generally healthy, suitable candidates for a Lip Lift should also have realistic expectations of the procedure.
To determine whether a Lip Lift is right for you, you’ll meet with Dr. Priya Kesarwani for a private consultation.
Dr. Priya Kesarwani is our facial plastic surgeon who performs the lip lift procedure. She is board certified in both Canada as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the United States as a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Her extensive training and experience allows her to possess expertise on facial enhancement and rejuvenation that other types of surgeons do not have.
The Lip Lift Surgery
The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia. During your consultation, you’ll find out which will be administered, as it depends on your goals and physiology. It may also be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures, like a face lift, or other facial rebalancing procedures, like a rhinoplasty.
After anesthesia is administered, an incision is made within the nasal sill (the ridge of soft tissue that’s at the bottom of your nostrils, located right at each nostril opening). A small piece of tissue is removed to allow for the desired lift of the upper lip. Based on the experience of Dr. P Kesarwani, less than 1 cm of skin is strategically removed to achieve the most natural looking improvement. This is crucial as anything more can make an undesirable impact on your overall facial contours.
The incision is then sealed and your surgery is done.
There may be some swelling and sensitivity in the area as you recover, but it should disappear in a few weeks. Follow the post-op care instructions that Dr. P Kesarwani gives you to experience a smoother and faster recovery. Some patients may need to take about a week off from work and can return shortly after the first post-op appointment when bruising and swelling can usually be covered with makeup.
The resulting scar is well hidden because of the raised texture of the nasal sill. The scar usually starts off as a thin red line, and then gradually fades over the next few months until it becomes virtually invisible. CytoDerma™ silicone scar gel can be used to help speed up this process.
Lip Lift vs Lip Flip: Which one is right for you?
The first thing to consider is whether you’d like to undergo surgery. A Lip Lift is a surgical procedure, which means there is lengthier downtime and associated surgical risks to consider. However, the pro is that the results are permanent, so you won’t have to get injections done every few months to maintain your look.
The next thing to consider is your goals. A Lip Flip is a procedure that involves Botox injections made just above the vermilion border of the upper lip. This everts the red lip to simulate the look of fillers. Generally, this is an option for younger patients whose lip volume is usually intact but the position of the lip isn’t as favourable (Botox turns what they already have outward). Unfortunately, this may not work as well for older patients.
The reason it doesn’t work as well in older patients is because they have lost volume in their lips and the area above the upper lip is elongated. They would require a lot of Botox to flip the lip outward, such that they will have functional difficulties articulating words and even eating normally. And it doesn’t address the volume loss issue either. For these reasons, a Lip Lift would be a more suitable option if you are older and want to enhance and rejuvenate your lips at the same time.
If you’re still confused about which one is right for you, don’t fret. Just contact us to book your assessment with Dr. P Kesarwani!