What is a Lip Lift?
Dr. Kevin Hanz, Dallas, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, is proficient in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures, one of them being the lip lift procedure. Lip lifts transform and provide definition to the outline of the lips to create a fuller and more desirable mouth. With a lip lift, you can alter the appearance of your lips and the area around your upper lip to provide a better appearance. During your consultation at Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hanz will learn more about you, examine your cosmetic goals, and help you determine which lip lift procedure is a good fit for you.
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"I had lipo 360 with Dr. Hanz. I didn't experience any pain during thanks to the medications. After the procedure I was very sore, but I was back at work at 830a the next day. The soreness has lasted since, but has gotten better & hasn't restricted me from my day to day routine. I was able to shower 48 hours after my procedure so I was able to take the garment off. I knew I was going to be swollen, but even with the swelling I could see visible results. I cried happy tears because I couldn't believe it. The nurses & doctor have been more than amazing throughout this process by checking in & making sure I am doing well. I cannot wait to see my results week after week! **Update** It's been about 10 months since my first procedure. I had my 2nd procedure 2 weeks ago on a totally different area! Much easier recovery since it was just arms and not my entire midsection. Soreness, but nothing keeping me from my everyday routine. I was back at work the next day with this procedure as well. Fabulous procedure, amazing staff, & life-long results that have made me so much more confident."- H.H. / Google / Sep 30, 2020
Am I A Good Candidate for A Lip Lift?
There are generally two types of candidates for lip lift surgery: those that often get lip fillers and want a way to adjust the appearance of their lips without having to continue getting lip fillers and those that are unhappy with the amount of space between their nose and top lip (the area called the philtrum). A lip lift will give the lips more vertical volume without creating lips that protrude or push out. Lip lifts are permanent so they may be a good option for someone that gets regular lip fillers. You are not a good candidate for a lip lift surgery if you are a smoker and not committed to quitting, or if you don't have about 1.5 centimeters between the base of your nose and the top of your upper lip.
How Will My Lip Lift Be Performed?
There are a few different types of lip lifts to meet your aesthetic needs:
Direct Lip Lift
This type of lip lift creates a more defined border around the lip. A thin strip of skin will be removed above your upper lip, pulling the skin upward, creating a more pronounced upper lip.
This is probably one of the more common lip lifts. For this surgery, Dr. Hanz will make an incision along the base of your nose and pull your lips closer to your nose.
Central Lip Lift
This lip lift gives you a face that appears to be more smiley, which is why this lift is often called the "grin lift." Two incisions will be made at the corners of your mouth, and a small amount of skin will be removed. Once sutured, your lips will appear more smiley.
Italian Lip Lift
This lip lift is very similar to the subnasal bullhorn lip lift; however, there are two incisions made below each nostril.
During your consultation, Dr. Hanz will discuss your concerns and desired outcome to help you choose which lift would be best for you.
What Can I Expect After My Lip Lift?
Before your surgery, you will likely get local anesthesia to help minimize the pain; however, the pain typically isn't so intense that general anesthesia is needed. You will need to rest for at least one day after your lip lift, and avoid exercise for the next few weeks. You'll want to make an effort to sleep on your back and try to keep your mouth as closed as possible while you sleep. It's very important that you keep your lips moisturized and that you use a small toothbrush while you brush your teeth very carefully. Dr. Hanz or someone on his staff will go over after-procedure care on how to clean your incision properly.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lip Lifts
How much will my lip lift cost?
The cost of your lip lift will depend on the technique and if you will be receiving any other treatments at the same time. Rather than focus on cost, it's important to make sure you are using a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Hanz. Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can help you find a payment plan or low-interest financing option to make your surgery affordable for you.
Will I have bruising and swelling?
You can expect to have some swelling for a few weeks, and you may experience some bruising. As you continue to heal, these will subside and you will be left with beautiful lips.
When will I see my final results?
While you will see some results almost immediately, it takes about 6 – 8 weeks for your lip lift to be fully visible. Once your lips are fully healed, you can expect long-lasting results.
Will I have scarring?
It may take your scarring about six months or longer to fade and should be unnoticeable since the incisions are very small.
Kissable Lips for a Lifetime
Lip lifts often yield outstanding results. There is no need to worry about leaving Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery with “duck lips,” or lips that appear to be altered. Dr. Hanz performs lip surgery procedures that offer drastic but natural-appearing results that enhance the overall appeal of your lips and even your face. If you think the time is right to say goodbye to your flat lip, contact Kevin R. Hanz, M.D. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery to make an appointment today.