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A lip lift allows men and women to shorten the “philtrum,” which is the area between the bottom of the nose and top of the upper lip. This is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that is ideal for patients looking to add height and/or volume to their lips. Dr. Sarah Mess is proud to offer lip lift surgeries for permanent, natural-looking lip enhancement.
Lip Lift in Columbia, Maryland
Lip lift surgery alters the shape of the upper lip by making an incision just beneath the philtrum and removing a section of 5-8mm of skin. The upper lip is then pulled up and into a favorable new position in relation to the top the vermilion border, sometimes referred to as the “cupid’s bow”. Lip lift surgery helps patients gain a more aesthetically pleasing distance of less than 20 mm between the philtrum and vermilion border, as well as an increase of incisal edge, or “tooth show” in repose. This procedure also helps to achieve the fuller, more youthful lips in a quick procedure that is typically performed with IV or general anesthesia. Dr. Mess uses the indicated incision pattern that resembles an “angel wing,” “bullhorn,” or “mustache.” This incision is larger in the center and tapers at the lateral edges for superior blending with the surrounding tissue. Because the final lip lift scar is placed along the nostril floor and in the folds of the ala—the area just beneath the pointest part or tip of the nose—it is well-hidden.1
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Sarah Mess has perfected her technique for achieving stunning natural-looking Lip Lift results for her patients, who come from all over the East Coast.
Benefits of Lip Lift Surgery
Usually, lip enhancement to add volume to the lips is done using injectable dermal fillers. But for a number of patients, a lip lift is actually a more ideal cosmetic procedure.
If you desire more incisal edge or “tooth show,” and/or a shorter distance between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip, lip lift surgery is an optimal procedure that provides benefits, such as:
- + Enhances Lips
A lip lift procedure makes it possible for men and women to achieve fuller, more voluminous lips without injecting synthetic dermal fillers.
- + Better Facial Proportions
Generally, a length greater than 20mm between the philtrum and the vermilion border is considered excessive. A face with ideal proportions has less than 20mm between the philtrum and the vermilion and also show several millimeters of incisal edge in repose, and several millimeters of gums when smiling.
- + A More Youthful Appearance
A lip lift procedure can provide a more youthful appearance in several ways; first and foremost by shortening the length of the upper lip. People usually associate shorter lips, plumper lips with a youthful aesthetic, while lost volume and elongated upper lips are associated with advancing age.2
- + Reduced Scarring
Most patients heal with a minimal scar, however, Dr. Mess sometimes recommends a laser treatment to correct any visible scarring at approximately six weeks after the surgery.
Recovery After Lip Lift Surgery
Lip lift recovery takes approximately 6-8 weeks to completely heal. Some patients experience tightness in the surgical site area for several months following their procedure. Results from lip lift should be long-lasting and for most are permanent.
Immediately following lip lift surgery, some patients experience minimal discomfort due to swelling and tightness in the affected area. Swelling should subside within four weeks. When recovering from a lip lift procedure, it helps to keep these tips in mind:
Most patients can return to work and light activities after the first week. After one week, the swelling should have dissipated considerably.
Patients can resume normal activity and light exercise. By the third week, almost all swelling should have subsided.
After six to eight weeks, all of the swelling should be gone. Patients can enjoy activity and exercise without restrictions. At this time, patients seeking to reduce scarring can opt to have laser treatment, however, full scar resolution can take up to eight months.3
How Much Does Lip Lift Surgery Cost?
We believe it is important to practice transparency in every way with our plastic surgery patients, and this includes being candid about procedures and the costs associated with them.
Lip lift procedures take roughly one hour and are performed in our state-of-the-art surgical center. The average cost of lip lift surgery depends on several different factors, and variations in cost are due to different methods of performing the surgery, as well as any ancillary procedures that are included in your treatment plan, such as the insertion of a silicone lip implant or corner lip lift.
Final costs of this procedure can be determined during your consultation with Dr. Mess, however, we are happy to provide the following basic price range for lip lift surgery:
- All appointments before and after your procedure
- Surgeon’s fee
- Operating room fees and supply charges
- Anesthesia fees
Price Range for lip lift surgery- $3000- $4000
(Each patient’s surgical plan is unique. Your costs may fall outside of this range.)
Your Lip Lift Consultation
Lip lift surgery with Dr. Sarah Mess can shorten your top lip while simultaneously increasing volume and creating a more youthful-looking appearance. During your consultation with Dr. Mess, you can discuss your cosmetic concerns as well as your goals and she will gladly review all the options available to you.
Using VECTRA® 3D Imaging, Dr. Mess will transfer photos of your face to our advanced computer system, which will generate a three-dimensional rendering of your expected lip lift outcome. We use this tool to provide you with a realistic idea of the results you can achieve after your lip lift surgery, allowing you to make the best decision about your treatment plan.
To learn more about how you can enhance your lips and create facial harmony with lip lift surgery, please contact us at your convenience to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Mess. Located in Columbia, Maryland, our practice is conveniently close to Washington, D.C. as well as Baltimore.
1 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. June 1986 – Volume 77 – Issue 6 – p 990-994. Harvey W. Austin, M.D. Ideas and Innovations: The Lip Lift. Available at: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Citation/1986/06000/The_Lip_Lift.24.aspx
2 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. June 1986 – Volume 77 – Issue 6 – p 990-994. Harvey W. Austin, M.D. Ideas and Innovations: The Lip Lift. Available at: https://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Citation/1986/06000/The_Lip_Lift.24.aspx
3 British Journal of Plastic Surgery. Lip lifting. Leo Rozner and Graham W. Isaacs. Available at: https://www.jprasurg.com/article/0007-1226(81)90063-1/pdf. Accessed June 16, 2020.