Beverly Hills Upper Lip Lift
Upper Lip Lift Surgery Overview
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Glenn Vallecillos, routinely performs upper lip lifts to complement complex facial rejuvenation procedures including face lift surgery. Upper lip lift surgery is designed to reduce the the upper lip length, which naturally elongates with the aging process. The procedure itself takes 40 minute and may be performed under a general anesthetic or local anesthesia, depending on patient preference and other factors. Dr. Vallecillos will strategically remove the excess skin beneath the nose to make the upper lip area look less elongated, resembling a youthful state. The lips will appear lifted and the smile will be more proportioned. Scarring will be minimal to none since the incisions are close to the base the nose.
- Preparation: To prepare for a upper lip lift surgery, you should discontinue the use of blood-thinning vitamins, herbs, and medications for two weeks before the surgery. If you smoke cigarettes, you should quit for at least two weeks before and after surgery. If you are over the age of 45, medical clearance by an independent physician may be required before undergoing surgery with a general anesthetic..
- Anesthesia: Depending on the individual patient and circumstances, a sedative with a local anesthetic or general anesthesia may be used.
- Preoperative Consult: Arrive at your preoperative consult prepared to discuss your desired results. Dr. Vallecillos asks a number of questions, including those relating to your current and prior medical and surgical history as well as your motivation in seeking lip augmentation. Pictures are taken and likely outcomes discussed. This is also when Dr. Vallecillos will discuss details regarding your pre- and post-operative instructions. Additionally, you should prepare your own list of questions for the doctor.
Upper Lip Lift FAQs
Who is a candidate for upper lip lift surgery?
You should consider a upper lip lift if you suffer from an elongated or sagging upper lip.
What is the recovery time for upper lip lift surgery?
Recovery time will vary depending on the patient. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort will persist for several days, and patients should arrange to have a family member, friend, or other caregiver available to help during this time. Bandages generally will be removed within 1-2 days after the procedure, and healing should be complete anywhere from a few weeks to a few months after surgery.
Are there risks or side effects with upper lip lift surgery?
Complications are rare, but as with any surgery, they do exist. Risks with upper lip lift may include damage to the nerves in the lip region. Scar tissue may also form. Both of these would require additional procedures to remove. Other risks include bleeding, infection, facial asymmetry, among others.
How long do the results last?
Although a upper lip lift will yield long-term results, aging is a continual process. You can help to maintain results for as long as possible by practicing good sun protection and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.