Lip Lift Overview
Our team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA are known nationally for around the mouth surgery including the lip lift. This procedure uses a scar beneath the nose to shorten a long upper lip. This accentuates the Cupid's bow and decreases the amount of space between the nose and red pigment of the upper lip, also known as the vermilion. Unlike a lip augmentation, which utilizes implants or fillers, a lip lift procedure removes excess tissue to elevate the upper lip to a higher position. The result creates a fuller and natural lip appearance. The lip lift can be performed alone or in conjunction with other around the mouth or facial procedures.
Lip Lift Reviews
"Lip Lift (Upper Lip) and Fat Grafting to Lower Lip - Reston, VA - Dr. Weston is a skilled listener and an exceptionally gifted communicator. Kind, down-to-earth, humble in spite of his brilliance, and laser-focused on the finest of details in order to achieve the best result possible. He is a gentleman, a genius , and, quite simply, a prince."- P. / RateMDs / Nov 23, 2015
"Amazing Result - Reston, VA - Dr. Weston is highly skilled. He was the 3rd doctor I consulted and I knew instantly he was the one I wanted to do my facelift. He was the only doctor who suggested a lip lift to compliment the facelift. I am so glad I elected to do the lift lip as well. Amazing results!"- G. / RateMDs / Jan 02, 2016
"In 2011, at the age of 36, I made two appointments at Austin Weston. One was for a general consultation with one of the doctors. The assistant and doctor (I can’t recall which one) were very attentive and listened to everything I said. At one point, the doctor called in the other two doctors in the practice and they all examined my areas of concern and offered their suggestions. I thought it was impressive that they all took the time and effort to give me the best consultation they could - and it was free. In my second appointment a few weeks later, I wanted injections in my upper lip (which was not discussed in the consultation, rather we discussed other methods to achieve my goals). But I figured why not give it a try as a “bridge procedure”. The nurse got me settled into the examination room and even opened the syringe package in preparation for the doctor. He came in and curiously looked at and gently pressed on my face. After his exam, he told me he did not want to inject my upper lip because it was actually full, and if he did, I would look like a duck (lol). He was right. Then I reminded him of the initial consultation and how we discussed a lip lift, and he agreed if I wanted the result I envisioned, that was the preferred procedure (which would be permanent, more aesthetically pleasing, and way cheaper in the long run). My upper lip is full, it just needs a little lift to expose the fullness. He even tried to find somewhere else to inject me, but I simply didn’t have any wrinkles to “inject”. He told me with a smile that he didn’t want to inject me at all. He told me not to waste my money - to go buy a nice pair of shoes instead (please don’t read any condescension in that, he was sincere). And saying this while his practice likely took a loss due to the already opened injection package. I was further impressed by this encounter. Fast forward to 2018, now 43, I’m finally ready mentally and financially to go forward with the procedures we discussed. I’m glad I waited. I’m setting up my third appointment this week ;) I highly recommend Austin Weston!"- K.E. / Google / Jan 14, 2018
"Amazing Result - Reston, VA - Dr. Weston is highly skilled. He was the 3rd doctor I consulted and I knew instantly he was the one I wanted to do my facelift. He was the only doctor who suggested a lip lift to compliment the facelift. I am so glad I elected to do the lift lip as well. Amazing results!"- G. / RealSelf / Jan 02, 2016
"Lip Lift (Upper Lip) and Fat Grafting to Lower Lip - Reston, VA - Dr. Weston is a skilled listener and an exceptionally gifted communicator. Kind, down-to-earth, humble in spite of his brilliance, and laser-focused on the finest of details in order to achieve the best result possible. He is a gentleman, a genius , and, quite simply, a prince."- P. / RealSelf / Nov 23, 2015
Lip Lift Surgical Technique
CLASSIC Lip Lift
There are a number of terms used to describe a lip lift. Some include a 'gull wing lip lift,' 'sub-nasal lip lift' and a 'bull horn lip lift.' All are essentially the same. An ellipse of skin is marked out for excision beneath the base of the nose. Through this incision, the excess skin is removed and the long upper lip is shortened. By removing this tissue, the shape of the lip is altered from both peaks of the Cupid's bow. The final scar typically conceals well beneath the base of the nose where there is a natural skin crease.
VERMILION LIP LIFT
A less popular version of the lip lift places the incision along the red border of the upper lip. The red of the upper lip is also called the vermilion. While we perform this procedure occasionally, it is second to a Classic Lip Lift because of the potential for scar tethering from a vermilion lip lift. This tethering is most bothersome above the Cupid's bow. Your surgeon can discuss whether this procedure may be appropriate for you.
Lip Lift During/After Surgery
During your initial consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, a unique treatment plan will be designed specifically for you. Once the treatment plan is approved, an appointment will be made for your procedure. Lip lift surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure and usually takes about 1 – 2 hours. During the first few days after surgery, there will be some swelling and moderate pain but the results will be visible right away. Although it may take several months for optimal results to settle, they are long lasting and will reveal a naturally fuller look.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $4,700
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
Call Austin-Weston today to learn more about how a lip lift can create that fuller lip contour that you desire. During your initial consult, our board-certified plastic surgeons can discuss the differences between a lip lift and lip augmentation to determine which method is ideal for you. Our team looks forward to serving you and helping you achieve the look you desire.