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Lip Lift in Milwaukee and Waukesha

Lip Lift

A lip lift is a simple, in-office surgical procedure to elevate the upper lip. It is done either to shorten the distance of an overly long upper lip, or to increase the amount of “red show” for a lip that is naturally very thin.

What Is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift is a simple, in-office surgical procedure to elevate the upper lip. It is done either to shorten the distance of an overly long upper lip, or to increase the amount of “red show” for a lip that is naturally very thin.

As we age, the upper lip tends to stretch and lengthen, much like other parts of your face, resulting in the red part of the lip “rolling” inward and appearing thinner.

After a lip lift, the midface takes on a lifted and more rejuvenated appearance. The increased “red show” provides the lip with a more permanent look of greater fullness, often desirable in young patients as well. 

Is a Lip Lift Right For Me?

Most lip enhancement involves filler, but for a significant number of patients, elevating the upper lip via a lip lift is the more appropriate aesthetic procedure.

You may be a good candidate for a lip lift if you feel the distance between your nose and lip is too long, or that the upper lip is relatively thin. Often, patients who are good candidates for a lip lift may have had a bad experience previously with lip fillers, which made the lips appear heavy and long instead of plump and balanced.

Lip Lift Consultation

A personal consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons is the first step for anyone considering a lip lift. During this meeting, one of our surgeons will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific goals for surgery.

Lip Lift Surgery, Recovery, and Results

As mentioned above, the lip lift is a very simple and straightforward surgical procedure that can be done alone, or in combination with other facial procedures (rhinoplasty, facelift, etc). The procedure begins with skin markings on your upper lip based on the surgical plan you design with your surgeon. Next, numbing medicine is injected into the area similar to a dental procedure. Once ready, the necessary portion of skin just beneath the nose is gently removed and any light bleeding is controlled. The incision is then closed with many small sutures to create the most cosmetic result possible. Following the procedure, the area is kept covered with antibiotic ointment and sutures are removed starting several days later.

Immediately following the procedure the upper lip will be sore and swollen to varying degrees. Swelling typically gets worse for the first several days and, in some cases, can be dramatic. This is a normal part of healing and not dangerous. The incision is kept clean and covered with antibacterial ointment for the first week or so. Activity is restricted for several days and slowly re-introduced. Exercise and exertion should be avoided for approximately two weeks. The initial healing period is generally 2-3 weeks, with more enjoyable results settling in around 2-3 months later. The scar heals over several months to a year or more, improving with time. You will be given specific post-op instructions.

The results of a surgical lip lift are permanent, however, your lips and overall face will continue to mature. Normal aging changes should be expected.

Patient Financing

Our goal is to make plastic surgery available to any patient who is qualified. We accept all major credit cards and offer several patient financing options to make the process as easy and affordable as possible. Our plastic surgery financing partners include CareCredit, Alphaeon, Prosper, and CosmetAssure. Learn more about your patient financing options here or contact us for more information.

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Lip lifts performed at our Milwaukee, Franklin, and Waukesha locations are done by a board-certified surgeon and have been proven to show great results. Contact us today to learn more about your options and how we can help you enhance the appearance of your upper lip!

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