Who is a candidate for a Surgical Lip Lift?
This procedure can enhance the shape and appearance of the upper lip. There is an ideal measurement to the philtrum (skin between the nose and lip); from 11 to 13mm for women and 13 to 15mm for men. Every decade the philtrum can increase in size up to 3mm due to the loss of collagen and lengthening of soft tissue.
There are typically 2-types of patients who are interested in the Surgical Lip Flip. Older patients are frustrated with the elongation of the philtrum and often have this procedure at the same time as other procedures such as a Mini Face Lift or a Blepharoplasty. Younger patients who are interested in the Lip Lift are typically looking for a more dramatic or permanent result than lip filler can give. There is only so much that Dermal Filler and Wrinkle Relaxer can achieve to flip out the upper lip. These younger patients are often interested in pairing this procedure with a fat transfer to the lips for more permanent fullness.
Wrinkle Relaxer, Dermal Filler or the Surgical Lip Lift?
There are multiple treatment methods to enhance the lips including Dermal Filler, Anti Wrinkle Injections and the Surgical Lip Lift.
Dermal Filler: this is the most popular form of lip augmentation. Lip Filler adds volume to the lips; this can restore lost volume, increase the size of the lip, enhance symmetry and more. Dermal Fillers can enhance the upper and lower lip.
Anti Wrinkle Injections: a small dose of Wrinkle Relaxer can relax the muscle just above the mouth (orbicularis oris muscle). The lifting of this muscles allows the top lip to be gently rolled out, giving the illusion of slight added volume. It is worth noting that this procedure will only augment the top lip, not the lower lip. This can also prevent and reduce movement lines.
Surgical Lip Lift Procedure: the most invasive but longest lasting option. This procedure surgically shortens the skin between the upper lip and nose to give the illusion of a fuller top lip. It is worth nothing that this procedure will only augment the top lip, not the lower lip.