As time and gravity take effect, the upper lip can lengthen vertically, compromising a youthful, inviting smile. The lip lift procedure is a simple solution for enhancing your appearance and boosting your self-image. Below we will explore the most common reasons why women pursue this strategic, age-reversing, and often overlooked treatment.
REASON #1: Increase Tooth-Show
A lip lift shortens the distance from the upper lip to the base of the nose, creating a more youthful aesthetic and allowing for increased tooth-show. A little bit of tooth-show is universally considered among the most feminine and alluring attributes, and most people do not notice that they have lost this over time with aging-related changes to the face.
REASON #2: Augment Lip Volume
A lip lift is a wonderful way to increase red lip show without resorting to the use of dermal fillers. Many women prefer a lip lift, as fillers can give an artificial appearance if being used to lift the red lip while fighting against an elongated philtrum. The surgery can provide a sexier, more youthful pout, while maintaining a natural appearance.
REASON #3: Elevate the Corners of the Mouth
When the corners of the mouth turn downwards, it can create a sad or disgruntled facial expression. A lip lift can correct this issue through tiny incisions made along the lip edges. The end result is a more engaging smile and a friendlier appearance overall.
REASON #4: Obtain Long-Lasting Cosmetic Results
Most patients are more familiar with lip injections. However, a lip lift has a natural advantage over fillers in terms of the longevity of your results, as it is permanent. A lip lift may be more cost-effective in the long run, as you won’t need to repeat your treatment over and over.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Lip Lift?
A lip lift may be appropriate for both older and younger clients who wish to enhance their smile without the use of temporary fillers or injections. During a private consultation, your provider will determine if you have enough skin between your nose and upper lip to support the surgery. As with any cosmetic treatment, patients should be mentally and physically healthy, and they should have realistic expectations for their results.
Older patients tend to be good candidates for a lip lift when wanting to restore a more youthful appearance that they have since aged out of. Younger patients tend to want this procedure to provide a more stylized appearance to their lips, and sometimes to improve facial harmony as well.
You may not be a good candidate if you currently smoke or if you are struggling with uncontrolled medical concerns, such as bleeding disorders, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
What is the Takeaway?
While lip fillers mainly address age-related lip deflation, a surgical lip lift provides a host of added benefits. The procedure can enhance the vermilion border and Cupid’s bow, improve facial harmony, restore tooth show, and elevate downward-facing corners of the mouth. If you are seeking a more beautiful, elegant smile, a lip lift may be the ideal solution for your aesthetic goals. Talk with Dr. Vila today and find out if a lip lift is right for you!