Whether it is to give your lips the added fullness and pleasant shape you admire or to give the corners of your mouth a little lift to appear welcoming, a lip lift can give you a prettier pout. Statistics from both the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons indicated that nearly 30,000 women per year undergo treatments to enhance their lips. This can include injectable fillers or fat transfer procedures, but while those are temporary fixes, a lip lift is a more permanent solution.
Lip Lift Options
Depending on your needs and desired results, if you are considering a lip lift, you can choose from the following options:
Upper Lip Lift
This procedure shortens the distance between your nose and your upper lip. This type of lift can allow your teeth to be more visible, and makes your lower face appear younger. Some people request an upper lip lift because they feel that their upper lip appears longer, either because it is sagging due to age, or because a previous rhinoplasty has lifted their nasal tip and their upper tip looks longer. An upper lip lift enhances your mouth by subtly allowing more of the red portion of your lip to be visible.
Lower Lip Lift
A lower lip lift is primarily done to decrease the effects of age on your lips. As your lips age, your lower lip tends to thin and flatten out, as well as turning in towards your teeth and beginning to droop. A lower lip lift involves rearranging the tissue inside the lower lip, and tightening the muscles of the lip ever so slightly. While this procedure can refresh the look of your lower lip to some degree, you may not see complete improvement.
Corner Lip Lift
If the corners of your mouth droop at all, it can cause you to look sad or angry all of the time. A corner lip lift is designed to fix this by elevating the drooping outer corner of your mouth. This can be done in people who are experiencing drooping due to age, or people who have naturally had that issue their whole lives.
Lip Enhancement Results
While lip enhancements used to be more common in older adults, they are now popular with adults of all ages. Most people start with injectable lip fillers to temporarily plump up their lips, but for some, fillers may not have given them the specific results they want, making them look somewhat artificial instead. A lip lift can not only restore some of the volume that decreases as you age, but can also address the small lines around the top lip, smoothing them out and giving your lips a younger, more sensual look.
Lip lifts are an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia, and require little downtime. Results are considered permanent, though you will need to avoid smoking and maintain sun protection in order to help keep lines and wrinkles from re-forming around your mouth. You may see a bit of drooping as time goes on, but that is a part of the natural aging process and is unavoidable.
If you are looking for a procedure to permanently enhance your lips in a subtle, natural way, a lip lift might be the answer. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Terrasse.