Full lips have an undeniably powerful effect on someone’s overall aesthetic. But genetics, age, or other factors might get in the way of having your lips look the way you would want them to. A lip lift in Beverly Hills provides patients with a way to powerfully enhance the position and shape of their lips through a single procedure. The lips might be a small portion of the face, but they play a major role in aesthetics and appearance overall.
At his practice in Beverly Hills, Dr. Jonathan Sykes is proud to offer personalized cosmetic surgery that delivers results to reach the best version of you. As a specialist in facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Sykes has helped thousands of patients achieve their goals. Call us to get started on planning your lip lift in Beverly Hills today!
What Is a Lip Lift?
A lip lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that modifies the shape of the lips by removing excess skin or simply tightening the area around the mouth. This will result in a fuller, more youthful appearance to the lips. Many patients choose the procedure to improve the shape and position of their upper lip, but additional aspects can be changed as well, such as the curve of your lips. There are different types of lip lifts that can be performed, depending on your goals and desired results. Dr. Sykes will work with you to determine the best lip lift procedure for your needs.
Benefits of a Lip Lift
- Fuller shape to your lips
- Enhanced confidence in your appearance
- Have the lips you want
- Reduce fine lines on upper lip
- Lifelong results
Am I a Candidate for a Lip Lift?
A lip lift is the ideal solution for many patients wanting to achieve an impressive aesthetic boost.
Ideal candidates for lip lift surgery are in good physical health, non-smokers, have realistic expectations, and are seeking to improve the shape or position of their lips. During your consultation with Dr. Sykes, he will assess your candidacy for lip lift surgery and answer any questions you may have about the procedure.
For patients who do not want to commit to a full procedure, we also offer non-surgical alternatives, such as injectable fillers. These treatment options can provide impressive results through quick visits, but the results will fade over time. Together, you and Dr. Sykes can find the best solution for your plans and goals.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Lip lift surgery is normally performed by Dr. Sykes as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will be able to go home the same day. The lip lift surgery usually is quite quick, the procedure itself taking only about 30 minutes to complete. We start with ensuring you are fully comfortable, usually through local anesthetic. But sedation is available if needed. Dr. Sykes will make incisions in the desired area and remove the skin and tissue necessary to achieve your goals. The incisions are then closed with dissolvable sutures. Once Dr. Sykes confirms that the procedure was a success, you will be able to return home right after. However, it is generally important to have someone to drive you home for safety reasons.
The Recovery Process
After lip lift surgery, patients can expect some swelling and bruising around the mouth and lips. These effects are temporary and will dissipate over the following days and weeks. Most patients take about a week off from work before feeling comfortable enough to return to their regularly scheduled activities. It is important during this time to follow all post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Sykes to ensure optimal healing. We are happy to provide any additional information or help if you have any questions or concerns during your recovery period.
When Can I See Results?
Lip lift surgery provides patients with immediate results that will continue to improve in the following days and weeks as any swelling subsides. The results of lip lift surgery are long-lasting, provided you take care of your skin and lips post-operatively. With proper care and a healthy lifestyle, patients can enjoy the benefits of their lip lift for a lifetime.
Do I need both an upper lip lift and lower lip lift?
Usually not. In most cases, injectable fillers or an upper lip lift will draw the mouth upward enough to satisfy the client’s aesthetic goals. But for those who have tried injectable fillers and an upper lip lift, and are still dissatisfied with the shape of the mouth or the exposure of bottom teeth, the lower lip may be lifted with fat transfer augmentation. Sometimes called “fat grafting,” this is also a minimally-invasive procedure than can be done under local anesthesia, and involves harvesting fat from other areas of a patient’s body and injecting them into the lower lip and surrounding areas, plumping up the lower third of the face and giving it a more lifted and youthful appearance. Lower lip incisional procedures are less common. It is easy to evert the lower lip vermillion (red lip) by injecting either filler or fat into the lip. For this reason, the lower lip does not require incisional surgical procedures.
What is a bullhorn lip lift?
A bullhorn lip lift, sometimes called a “subnasal lip lift,” is the most common type of lip lift, and gets its name from the shape of the incision made on the philtrum, or the section of skin between your upper lip and nose. The term “bull horn” has been used in subnasal upper lip lifts, because the incision is curved around the base of the nose. By weaving the incision along the irregular base of the nose the incision becomes more hidden than it would be than if the incision were an uninterrupted straight line. The natural shape of the base of the nose is like that of a bull horn, which is why this term is used.
Bullhorn lip lifts are very popular because they create a beautiful cupid’s bow shape at the top of the lip while raising the outer sections as well, permanently heightening the lip line and exposing more pink tissue while concealing any scarring within the fold beneath the nose.
What is a corner lip lift?
Also called a “grin lift,” a corner lip lift is often done in conjunction with another type of lip lift, usually when the natural aging process has caused the edges of the mouth to turn downward toward the chin, creating what are sometimes called “marionette lines” on the lower third of the face. In a corner lip lift, two incisions are made above the corners of the mouth, and a small section of skin is removed on each side and stitched back together so that the edges of the upper lip are turned ever-so-slightly upward when at rest. This is a truly age-defying procedure that gives clients a warm and inviting look.
The problem with corner of the lip lift procedures is that they place incisions near the corner of the mouth, where the slightest imperfection of an incision can be noticed. As opposed to a subnasal incision, the corner of the mouth incision, if not perfect, can be slightly noticeable.
What is a gullwing lip lift?
Also called a “direct lip lift,” a gullwing lip lift raises only the center of the top lip, creating a more prominent and dramatic border. This type of lip lift may leave a small scar, as the incision is made just above the top lip, rather than under the nose, as in a bullhorn lift. Nevertheless, a gullwing lip lift may be a good option for clients who still retain volume toward the outside of their lips, as they may not need to raise the perimeter of the entire lip to achieve the desired effect.
What is a thread lip lift or non-surgical lip lift?
A thread lip lift is a alternative for those seeking more definition and height to the upper lip line, and who are intolerant of a subnasal scar. This procedure provides some lift to the lift, but is likely not as secure, and does not provide as much lift, as does the surgical procedure with cutaneous excision. In a thread lip lift, the upper lip is numbed with local anesthetic, and dissolvable sutures are threaded into the skin above the lip, drawing the lip’s outline upward. This is another relatively quick and easy option that can be done in the space of an hour in-office. And though a thread lip lift is a bit more expensive than injectable fillers, the effect of the procedure usually lasts for a good year — twice as long as fillers typically last.
What is a botulinum toxin lip lift?
Unlike a traditional lip lift, a Botulinum Toxin lip lift (or “lip flip,” as it is sometimes called) does not involve any incisions or skin removal from above the lip. In the lip flip procedure, boxulitim toxins are injected into the orbicularis oris muscle. This muscle is a sphincteric muscle, which when it contracts, squeezes the lips together, and makes the lips protrude. Weakening a small portion of the orbicularis oris muscle with boxulitim toxin injections, lessens the squeeze of the muscle, and creates elevation of the vermilion cutaneous junction (lip flip.) This procedure works well to create subtle elevation of the V-C junction. However, over-injection of boxulitim toxin in this area can cause a decrease in animation or the ability to suck through a straw.
Instead, specific points above the upper lip are injected with Botulinum Toxin, causing the facial muscles located there to relax, which in turn allows the upper lip to roll or “flip” very slightly upward, exposing more of the pink surface of the lip and giving it more plumpness and volume. A Botulinum Toxin lip lift is more subtle than lip fillers or a full lip lift, but it may be a suitable option for those wanting just a small enhancement that is more short-term.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
With a lip lift, you can achieve a pair of stunning lips that match how you want to look. Call our office today or use our online form to schedule your consultation for a lip lift in Beverly Hills with Dr. Jonathan Sykes. Dr. Sykes works closely with you to discover your aesthetic hopes and goals and then builds your plan to reach them. With careful, compassionate communication, he is by your side to provide a personalized experience with your goals always at the center. Contact us today to learn more about a lip lift and take the first major step toward your ideal self.