Lip Lift in Cleveland, OH
In addition to losing fullness and volume the aging upper lip also droops and becomes elongated and the vermillion, or red part of the lip, rolls inward. This results in the loss of youthful lip proportions and definition. Many patients attempt to compensate for these changes by applying lipstick above the red portion of the lip. Patients often seek facial plastic surgery consultation for lip lift in order to improve the appearance of the upper lip and restore healthy lip proportions.
Who is a Candidate for a Lip Lift / Subnasal Lift?
Healthy patients who are seeking to correct a thin and elongated upper lip and restore more attractive lip proportions may be good candidates for a lip lift procedure called a subnasal lift.
How is a Lip Lift / Subnasal Lift Performed?
A subnasal lift is performed in the outpatient setting under local anesthesia or light sedation, depending on the patient’s preference. Tiny incisions are created in the natural skin creases at between the base of the nose and upper lip and a small amount of skin and soft tissue are removed. Sutures are then placed in order to gently elevate the upper lip to a more youthful position.
What is recovery like from a Lip Lift / Subnasal Lift?
The procedure is done on an outpatient basis with most patients returning to the comfort of their own home within a few hours. There is minimal pain and many patients do not require prescription pain medication. Mild bruising and swelling last about a week. Any sutures that have not fallen out on their own are removed at the one week follow up appointment. Makeup and other cosmetic products may be used near and on the lips after sutures are removed. Most patients return to work and social activity in about one week.