Lip Lift (Upper Lip Shortening) Surgery Sydney
Upper lip shortening, also known as a Lip Lift, is an effective and relatively simple procedure to restore a more youthful appearance to the upper lip. It avoids the excessive “trout pout” appearance seen sometimes when fillers are used in this area.
With time, the portion of the upper lip that lies between the nose and the lip border (vermillion border) tends to get longer and flatter, giving it an aged look. This is due to the progressive loss of collagen and elastin in the peri-oral skin, resulting in the obliteration of those characteristic youthful lip contours referred to as The Cupid’s Bow and Philtral Columns.
If you are aware of this condition, our Lip Lift Surgery is a quick and easy way to address this problem and restore a more youthful look to your appearance.
A personal consultation with our surgeon is the first step for any patient considering a lip lift. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during the consultation include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Other treatments you have received
For a more complete rejuvenation, we may discuss additional procedures that can be performed along with your lip lift surgery.
Upper lip shortening is a relatively simple procedure where we remove about 3 or 4 mm of carefully marked, upper lip skin, just beneath the nose. This has the effect of shortening the distance between the nose and the lip border (vermillion) to give the upper lip a gentle “pout” and restore the “cupid’s bow”. Like upper eyelid surgery, the scar is hidden and is generally very well concealed.
There is little or no pain and the entire procedure takes approximately 40 minutes in most cases. Lip lift results will generally last for 15 – 20 years.
Although thousands of people undergo lip lifts each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk. It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering a lip lift.
The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
For your comfort and convenience, the lip lift procedure will take place under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation. We will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for your lip lift surgery in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport home
Initial swelling and bruising associated with this procedure is generally settled with in a week. The sutures are removed on the 5th day after the lip lift.
Potential risks and complications are few and are discussed at the time of the initial consultation. Most patients are able to go back to work within 7 days.
A lip lift procedure costs $4,500.