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Lip augmentation is not the only way to enhance this key facial feature. For some patients, a lip lift in Beverly Hills is the best treatment option to reshape the lips and create a more balanced, aesthetic facial appearance.
At the medical practice of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer, lip lift surgery is performed by top facial plastic surgeon Dr. Akshay Sanan. Dr. Sanan is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery and has helped many patients achieve a more harmonious facial appearance with this procedure.
What Is Lip Lift?
A lip lift is a surgical procedure that reduces the space between the top of the upper lip and the nose. Unlike lip augmentation treatments which are designed to increase volume in the lips, the goal of lip lift surgery is to add height to the lips.
Lifting the lip can enhance the lips by revealing more pink tissue to create a fuller look. This procedure also makes more of the upper teeth visible when your lips are at rest.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?
Patients of many ages can be candidates for a lip lift. The aging process often causes the lips to become thinner and for the space between the nose and lips to lengthen, so older patients can often benefit from this procedure.
Younger patients often seek lip enhancement with fillers. Dr. Emer is an expert in lip augmentation with fillers and can produce amazing results with this treatment. However, some patients have aesthetic goals that can be best accomplished with a lip lift.
Additionally, a surgical lip lift provides permanent enhancement. For some patients, this makes it an appealing alternative to dermal fillers, which the body metabolizes over time. Fillers require regular treatments to maintain the patient’s ideal lip contours.
Regardless of a patient’s age, candidates must be in good health. Cosmetic surgery may not be safe for patients with certain medical conditions, so it is important to speak candidly with Dr. Sanan about your medical history and current medications. Candidates should also be non-smokers or must be willing to cease smoking for several weeks, as instructed by Dr. Sanan.
How Is a Lip Lift Procedure Performed?
First, anesthesia will be administered. Next, Dr. Sanan will make an incision under the base of the nose. He will remove a small amount of skin to shorten the distance between the nose and upper lip. The incision will then be closed with tiny sutures.
It is essential that patients adhere to all aftercare instructions that Dr. Sanan provides. He will explain how to properly moisturize the lips, clean the incision, and protect the treatment area from force and/or abrasion in order to support an optimal outcome.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from a Lip Lift?
Tenderness and swelling can be expected in the first week or so of your recovery. These symptoms will subside as the area heals. Within two to three weeks, most of the swelling will have dissipated, though it can take up to three months to see your final results.
Most patients can return to sedentary work within a week or two. However, you will need to restrict your activities for several weeks and should not resume heavy lifting, intense exercise, or other strenuous activities until approved by Dr. Sanan.
Bone and cartilage strength
Men have stronger cartilage and bone than women, so the surgical approach must be adjusted accordingly.
Men tend to have thicker nasal skin than women, and this significantly impacts what can be achieved with male rhinoplasty. The same alteration to the underlying nasal structure will result in more dramatic visible changes in a patient with thinner skin than it will in a patient with thick skin.
Damaged nasal structure
Previous sports injuries affecting the nose are common in male rhinoplasty patients. Addressing structural damage caused by injuries or trauma can require the use of advanced techniques, such as cartilage grafting. If there is too much damage to the native nose cartilage, Dr. Sanan will harvest cartilage from the patient’s rib to rebuild the nasal structure.
How Long Do Lip Lift Results Last?
Lip lift results can last ten years or more. There is no way to prevent gravity and aging from affecting facial tissue over time, but Dr. Emer can recommend non-surgical anti-aging and collagen stimulating treatments to help you preserve your enhanced lip shape for as long as possible.
How We Provide the Best Lip Lift in Beverly Hills
Dr. Sanan’s knowledge of facial anatomy and his extensive training in facial plastic surgery and head and neck surgery provide the necessary foundation for successful lip lift outcomes. He understands how the muscles of the lips can affect the position of the nasal tip and post-treatment marks.
With his expertise and surgical skill, Dr. Sanan can strategically place the incision and make conservative adjustments to the skin to arrive at a natural looking result that will last for many years. He also performs a full facial assessment to determine whether a lip lift alone will achieve optimal results.
In some cases, it is advisable to pair the procedure with other surgical treatments. Dr. Sanan can safely combine a lip lift with facial plastic surgeries such as:
- Upper eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty)
- Lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty)
- Brow lift
- Chin implant
In other cases, the ideal approach for a natural looking outcome involves combining a lip lift with non-surgical treatments. Using injectables, energy-based treatments, thread lifting, and other minimally invasive modalities, Dr. Emer can improve the texture and tone of the skin, subtly lift and tighten skin, and enhance other facial features to ensure a harmonious facial appearance.
What Is the Cost of a Lip Lift in Beverly Hills?
Dr. Sanan develops a unique treatment plan for each lip lift he performs based on the patient’s anatomy and aesthetic goals, so the price of this procedure varies. During your consultation, he will explain the details of your treatment plan, as well as the associated cost.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are considering a lip lift in Beverly Hills, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanan. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your cosmetic goals!