When the skin around a person’s lips becomes puckered and wrinkled, it will cause the upper lip itself to droop or even become elongated and cover the top row of teeth. This can result in looking several years older than you are. This can be corrected with a new procedure called a “lip lift”. A lip lift performed a qualified cosmetic dentist is a procedure that will help lift the upper lip back to its original position, enabling the teeth to be made visible once again. The Procedure
The lift procedure is a relatively quick and simple operation that is performed by a cosmetic dentist or cosmetic surgeon under local anesthesia. It begins with a small incision at the base of the nose. Once this is done, a small amount of skin is removed from this area. The incision will then be closed carefully and precisely by using the smallest possible stitches and sutures. This will restore the appearance of the upper lip and make you look years younger!
Before beginning the procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will decide on the design of the skin removal to achieve the most shapely and attractive lip possible. Skin and muscle from beneath the nose are removed and are then carefully closed to ensure the best possible healing. Incisions are carefully designed and hidden within the shadows/creases between the nose and upper lip, so scars are camouflaged. The results of a lip lift are permanent. A lip lift is one way of smile rejuvenation for patients.
The general protocol is that the procedure is performed in the office and most patients return to work within one week. The majority of patients resume full activities after ten days. Swelling of the lips will occur and can take several weeks or more to resolve. Some patients experience some bruising, which can be hidden with makeup. Bruising typically resolves within two weeks.
This procedure can be done by a cosmetic dentist or by a cosmetic surgeon. If you have chosen a cosmetic surgeon, then you can even combine a lip lift with other surgical procedures such as a facelift, fat grafting, blepharoplasty, or fractional CO2 laser peels to enhance a youthful look. Lip augmentation, especially for the lower lip, with injectable products such as Perlane, Restylane or Juvederm can also be performed along with a lip lift. Other lip augmentation surgeries, such as a V to Y lip augmentation (Cupid’s Bow) procedure can also be performed.
Enjoy More Natural-Looking End Results
Although it is possible to use fillers to plump the lips and make a patient look younger, the end results of these procedures can end up looking far from natural – especially if the patient suffers an allergic reaction or the injections are not administered correctly. However, the end results of a lip lift procedure are not only a lot more natural-looking than those achieved with fillers; they are usually permanent as well – unlike fillers that will be normally only last between 5 and eight months at most. Once the procedure has been performed, it is virtually impossible for anyone to notice that it has been done.
Choosing a Cosmetic Surgeon / Cosmetic Dentist
Although many surgeons can perform a lip lift, not all of them can provide patients with the best possible end results. As a result, it is imperative to choose a plastic surgeon or cosmetic dentist who has not only performed the procedure numerous times but who specializes in the procedure. One of the best ways to locate the right plastic surgeon will be to ask around for referrals, as this will enable patients to see the end results for themselves. No matter who you choose, make sure they are fully qualified by checking out their credentials and past results.
An added advantage of having this procedure performed is that it usually takes less than 2 hours to complete. Unlike many other cosmetic surgery procedures, the recovery time is minimal as well – provided that you are willing to follow your surgeon/cosmetic dentist’s instructions with regards to post-operative care. Once the healing and recovery period is complete, you will be able to sport your new and improved appearance with utmost confidence for many years to come!
If you would like more information about a lip lift or any other cosmetic dental procedure, Dr. Halina Montano is your go-to person! Cosmetic dental procedures are not only expensive, but require a highly skilled professional to assure they turn out the way you had envisioned! Dr. Halina Montano at HSM Dental Group is a master at cosmetic dentistry! Please contact our team of professionals at HSM Dental Group and let us schedule a consultation to see how we can help you! Call us at 561-232-2070 and let us help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of!