Lip lift surgery involves a slight reduction in the height of the philtrum. What is lip lift surgery? The skin between the upper lip and nostrils is called the philtrum. Through slightly reducing its height, the upper lip is flipped out – without being left with the ‘duck pout’ appearance that fillers can sometimes leave patients with. Lip lift surgery involves a small incision in the fold under the nose and is able to be performed under local anaesthetic. What is the procedure? The procedure involves an incision under the nose (discreetly where the nostrils meet the upper lip). A small section of skin is then removed from this area. The procedure results in a smaller distance between the nose and lip (philtrum), ultimately enhancing the cupids bow, and assisting the top lip in rolling outwards more, making it appear larger. Who benefits from a lip lift surgery? Lip lift surgery is most appropriate for both men and women who have teeth that can appear hidden by a lengthened or sagging upper lip area – or also known as an ‘elongated philtrum’. Benefits of lip lift surgery Improved smile and more harmonious facial proportion between the upper lip and nose. Can help to reduce a ‘bottom teeth’ prominent smile if the reason is an elongated philtrum. If the skin below your nostrils has started to sag or has a wrinkled appearance, reduction of the philtrum may help to reduce the ageing appearance of that area of the face. What is the recovery like? One of the most important parts of your lip lift journey is a healthy recovery. Dr Raja Sawhney will ensure that you are always as comfortable as possible and ensure that your recovery process is as smooth as possible. Your body’s natural response to the surgery will result in minor bruising and swelling in the area, but you may begin to see results within three to four days. For convenience, dissolvable sutures will be used during the procedure, meaning that the patient will not have to return to the clinic to get the stitches removed. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled, this will ensure that the patient is healing properly and that you and the surgeon are both satisfied with the results. Rest and care will help with the process of recovering as quickly as possible. It is recommended that the patient undertakes a temporary diet of soft foods, and a restriction on strenuous physical activity. This will help to avoid irritation and minimise potential scarring. Lip lift Gold Coast with Dr Raja Sawhney Lip lifts can offer dramatic, life-changing outcomes, resulting in an overall more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. To learn more about this procedure, or to book a consultation, please get in contact with us. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.