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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 us 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.
How Is a Lip Lift Procedure Performed?
First, anesthesia will be administered. Next, an incision will be madeunder the base of the nose. A small amount of skin will be removed 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 provided. We 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.
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, cartilage from the patient’s rib will be harvested 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
We understand how the muscles of the lips can affect the position of the nasal tip and post-treatment marks. We 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. A full facial assessment is also performed 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. A lip lift can be safely combined 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?
A unique treatment plan is developed for each lip lift performed based on the patient’s anatomy and aesthetic goals, so the price of this procedure varies. During your consultation, the details of your treatment plan will be explained, as well as the associated cost.