Lip lift is the surgical procedure of shortening the distance between top of the upper lip and nose, the area known as philtrum. This also makes the upper lip appear more pronounced and full.
A patient’s philtrum can be wide as a physical trait from birth or could have become wider as they aged. Lip lift operation offers a solution to younger and senior patients alike. It's a minor procedure performed under local anesthesia.
Patients receive a thorough physical examination and consultation before the operation, where they are informed about all details and possible results that can be achieved. Before the procedure, surgeon marks the incision like under the nose as well. Once the anesthetic is applied, marked tissue is surgically removed to reduce the distance between top of the upper lip and nose.
Once the operation is finished, patient would be able to return to their daily life. This procedure does not require any hospitalization.
The aim of this article is to give you a general information about the surgical intervention in question. You need to make more research about possible complications and risks of this selected procedure in order to make an informed decision. Please note that complications occur more frequently with patients who are obese, smoke, and have a history or lung or other chronic underlying medical conditions.
Smokers are recognized to have a significantly higher risk of post operative wound healing problems with a subsequently higher potential of infection as well as operative and post operative bleeding. Patients should discontinue smoking for two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Although it helps to stop smoking before and after surgery, this does not completely eliminate the increased risks resulting from long term smoking. Smoking also has a long term adverse effect on the skin and ageing process.