A lip lift is a surgery designed to reduce the distance between the lips and nose, lifting the upper lip and flipping it outwards to enhance the volume of the upper lip. For some patients, dermal filler and lip injections may not provide the look that they desire, and for others, an elongated philtrum – the skin between the nose and mouth – is the cause of thinner-looking lips. There are a variety of different lip lift surgery techniques, but the most common technique used by surgeons and suited to most patients is the Bullhorn Philtrum Shortening technique. Although lip lifts have increased in popularity amongst patients in their 20’s and 30’s, this surgery is not recommended for everyone as it can alter your facial proportions permanently. Individuals who already have a suitable philtrum length that compliments their proportions may not require a lip lift. A consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk will help patients to determine if they are suitable candidates for a lip lift. Lip lifts can also be performed in conjunction with other surgeries such as a face lift or brow lift.
What can be achieved with a lip lift?
Benefits of a lip lift procedure can include:
- Better facial proportion
- Improved smile, especially with people who may have a ‘gummy’ smile
- Reduction of sagging skin below the nostrils
- More natural-looking lip shape
How is a lip lift performed?
The bullhorn procedure technique is a minor day surgery, and performed under local or general anaesthetic, taking around one hour to one and a half hours to complete unless combined with other procedures. An incision is made just under the nose where the nostrils meet the skin, and a small amount of skin is excised to lift and flip the upper lip outwards. This creates a decreased distance between your nose and lips and enhances the shape of the upper lip. Once completed, dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision.
What can I expect during recovery?
Bruising, pain, and swelling should be expected after a lip lift, but this will dissipate entirely in two to three weeks. Patients may be prescribed pain medication to manage discomfort but will be able to head home on the same day as the procedure. They may begin to see results three to four days after surgery.
General recovery instructions:
- Take sufficient time off from work – around five to seven days.
- Avoid strenuous activity for two weeks.
- Avoid making any vigorous mouth movements.
- Consume only soft foods and liquids during recovery.
- Take prescribed medications and creams.
- Attend post-surgery appointments to monitor healing.
Patients need to make sure to follow their personalised recovery plan as outlined by Dr Fraser-Kirk. This is vitally important for healing to ensure there is minimal scarring where possible and an optimal post-surgery outcome. Our clinic believes in offering unprecedented access to your surgeon, and therefore Dr Fraser-Kirk will endeavour to be available whenever patients may have questions or issues after their surgery.
How much will a lip lift cost in Sunshine Coast?
Cost always varies depending on a patient’s needs and other factors such as hospital fees, surgeon fees, anaesthetist costs, and post-operative care costs. A consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk is essential to be able to estimate costs, as an individual’s health, lifestyle goals, and anticipated outcomes of the surgery are evaluated. After an in-depth consultation, estimated costs are provided.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding surgery costs.
What are the associated risks and complications?
Risks and complications are present with any medical or cosmetic procedure patients choose to undergo. Risks and complications associated with a lip lift include:
- Anaesthesia complications
- Facial asymmetry
- Poor scarring
To minimise the potential for risks or complications, an in-depth consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk is crucial, as well as making sure to follow individualised post-operative recovery plans. This can also help to reduce scarring where possible.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today
Patient-focused approaches and tailored surgical solutions are at the forefront of our clinic’s philosophy. A consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk involves assessing a patient’s suitability, and an in-depth discussion of their health and goals regarding a lip lift. We strive to help patients become empowered and confident with their health and lifestyle.