Lip Lift

At L&P Aesthetics, an upper lip lift is a subtle yet transformative procedure that can help San Francisco Bay Area patients look and feel more youthful. During the aging process, tissues around the mouth begin to droop, and this lengthening can make a person look tired and heavy. Drs. David Lieberman, Sachin Parikh, and Steven Curti see many patients in the Bay Area who have been using dermal fillers such as Juvederm® or Restylane® for lip augmentation and shaping, but a lip lift at our Palo Alto office can be a longer-lasting option.

If you want to know more about a lip lift in the Bay Area, schedule a consultation with one of the exceptional facial plastic surgeons at our Los Gatos or Palo Alto offices by calling us at (650) 327-3232 or contacting us online.

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Before & After Lip Lift Case 71 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Lip Lift for Woman from Fremont

This young woman from Fremont saw Drs. Lieberman & Parikh every couple of months for lip filler. She really liked her pouty lips but wanted something more permanent. After an in-office lip lift, she is very happy with the result of her fuller lips. Read More
Before & After Lip Lift Case 70 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Case #70

This young patient from Palo Alto came to Drs. L&P seeking a fuller upper lip. She wanted a more permanent solution than filler could provide, so Drs. L&P performed a lip lift. This procedure produced natural looking results that gave the patient full, youthful lips that she loves. Read More
Before & After Lip Lift Case 73 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Lip Lift for a subtle and youthful transformation. 
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 159 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Glamorous Signature Facelift

Our beautiful patient underwent the L&P signature facelift, lip lift, fat transfer & laser skin resurfacing. 

Her cheeks, jawline & neck are now more contoured, her face has more volume and her skin is glowing thanks to TRL laser resurfacing.

Facial rejuvenation by Drs. L&P helps people look the way they fee... Read More
Before & After Lip Lift Case 72 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Lip Lift for Woman from San Jose

As this woman from San Jose neared 65 years of age, she wanted to give her lips a fuller, more youthful appearance but she felt that dermal fillers wouldn't give her the robust result she wanted. Drs. Lieberman & Parikh performed a lip lift, which dramatically improved the appearance of her lips and gave her the overall more you... Read More
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L&P Signature Facelift & Neck Lift For Woman From San Carlos

This beautiful woman from San Carlos came to Drs. Lieberman and Parikh for full facial rejuvenation. She was concerned that she looked much older than she was, and she was suffering from low self-confidence because of it. Drs. Lieberman and Parikh performed their L&P Signature Facelift and Neck Lift along with a lip lift, upper... Read More
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Gorgeous Patients Receives Facelift & Neck Lift

This lovely patient had a L&P Signature Facelift, Neck Lift, Lip Lift, Brow Lift & Chemical Peel by Drs. Lieberman & Parikh. She loves her natural and soft refresh which includes a more defined jawline and overall youthful look.
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 32 Front View in Palo Alto & San Jose, California
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Facial Refresh for a Yogi

This woman in her early 60's is a yogi from Pebble Beach. She had been wanting to refresh her appearance, and when saw the beautifu and natural-looking results from her friend who had recently received a facelift and necklift from Drs. Lieberman & Parikh, she decided to schedule a consultation. Now, seve... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

A lip lift is designed to address issues related to the mid to lower facial regions, yet it is a surgical procedure often overlooked by patients and surgeons alike. Our board-certified surgeons focus exclusively on the face and understand the subtle intricacies of the facial bones and structure. They strive to produce natural-looking results with minimal downtime for every patient and every procedure that they perform.

What Is a Lip Lift?

A subnasal lip lift, also called a modified bullhorn procedure, involves lifting the tissue below the nose and above the upper lip to restore a balance between the upper and lower lips. Drs. Lieberman, Parikh, and Curti make a single bullhorn-shaped excision beneath the nostrils and close the wound by lifting the right, central, and/or left portions of the upper lip. Once healed, the incision is usually hidden by the natural creases in the skin and is sometimes virtually invisible.

Why Get a Lip Lift?

During the normal aging process, the perioral area often begins to change in size and shape. For most people, youthful-looking lips are balanced and full, so it is important to find a surgeon who not only understands how size, shape, symmetry, proportion, and balance affect the lips, but a surgeon who listens to your personal concerns and desired outcomes.

According to research done over thousands of years, an aesthetically pleasing face has a specific symmetry and balance between the lower and upper lips. The upper lip describes the tissues below the nostrils and the entire top lip. The lower lip describes the bottom lip as well as the skin that extends to the tip of one’s chin.

Generally speaking, a youthful lower face has a lower lip that is twice the height as the upper lip. As we age and the bone structure around the mouth thins, the cutaneous portion (skin-bearing portion of the lip) elongates and leads to a disproportion of this natural ratio.

In addition to the elongation of the cutaneous lip, people tend to lose volume in the vermillion area (red and pink parts of the lip), which then diminish the lips’ contours. The skin-bearing portions of the upper and lower lips can develop vertical lines (lipstick lines) from repeated actions of the muscles. In combination, these changes give a less than desirable appearance to the perioral area, and a lip lift is a procedure our surgeons use to address them.

Lip Lift vs. Lip Filler

It may be difficult to know whether you should choose a lip lift or lip augmentation with fillers. Here is a comparison.

Lip LiftLip Filler
How it’s doneSurgeryInjections
ImprovementsReduces distance between upper lip and nose
Exposes more of the lip vermillion
Reduces vertical lip lines
Adds volume and definition to top and bottom lips
Improves symmetry
Reduces vertical lip lines
Recovery7 to 10 daysNone
Results lastIndefinitely6 to 12 months

Good Candidates for a Lip Lift

A person in good health and over the age of 18 is generally a good candidate for a lip lift. While there are a variety of reasons to consider a lip lift, the most common reasons are either an elongation of the upper lip or flattening of the top lip. For both concerns, a lip lift can help restore the natural symmetry and youthful balance a person once experienced. For photos of lip lifts performed by our facial plastic surgeons, visit our photo gallery.

Reasons to Get a Lip Lift

There are many reasons to consider getting a lip lift, and for each person, the outcome will be different. Some issues a lip lift can address are:

  • Additional lip volume without repeated dermal filler treatments
  • More definition of the “lipstick” lines
  • More pronounced “pout”
  • Shortening of the skin above the lip for more visibility of the teeth

Lip Lift Procedure and Recovery

A lip lift is most usually performed in approximately one hour on an outpatient basis. At L&P Aesthetics, we perform lip lift surgery with the patient under either local anesthesia or light sedation, depending on what is best for each person.

It is recommended that you have someone drive you home from the procedure, as most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort, and the effects of the sedation will most likely still be present by the time you are discharged.

Typically, Drs. Lieberman, Parikh, and Curti do not see any bruising in patients after a lip lift, but often patients will need to wear bandages for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

In four to six days, our office staff will schedule a follow-up appointment, and usually in a week to 10 days, a patient will feel comfortable enough to return to his or her usual activities. To help conceal any visible wounds, make-up can be applied to the incision usually sometime between 10 to 14 days post-op.

To see what you can expect for aftercare after your lip lift, check out this video for step-by-step instructions.

Results of a Lip Lift

Drs. Lieberman, Parikh, and Curti are known for achieving natural results, and with a lip lift, their goal is to provide subtle yet transformative results. Achieving a natural appearance depends on the surgeon’s aesthetic understanding of the size, shape, symmetry, proportion, and balance of the lips, as well as his or her surgical skill.

While individual results vary, some results that a patient can expect are:

  • Shortening of the lip length between the nose and mouth
  • Improved balance, symmetry, and proportions between the upper and lower face
  • Increased visibility of the upper teeth
  • Increased sensuality of the mouth
  • Shortening of the perceived length of the lower midface
  • Turning the “cupid’s bow” upward (lip eversion)
  • Increasing volume of the pink and white lip
  • Improvement of lipstick bleed lines and wrinkles
  • Subtle improvement in the corners of the mouth
  • Decreased need for fillers
  • Looking younger overall, especially in the lower and mid-face regions

If you’d like to know what a lip lift can do for you, give us a call at (650) 327-3232 or contact us online.

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