A longer upper lip can appear disproportional and age your facial features.  Whether it’s genetic or due to aging, the long upper lip can decrease the aesthetic of your smile.  The upper lip lift surgery aims to correct that.  In the repose or relaxed position of the lips, about 1-2 mm of the upper teeth should be shown.  Having this proportion harmonizes your facial features and restores the youthful appearance of the upper lip.  The upper lip lift surgery restores balance and lifts your upper lip to the ideal position.

What is Upper lip lift surgery?

The surgery is performed in the office under local anesthesia.  The incision is hidden along the creases of your nose.  After the excess upper lip tissue is removed, sutures are used to close the wound and lift the upper lips.  Your scar is well concealed within the natural crease along the nose.

How is the recovery?

This is an outpatient procedure.  Stitches will be removed in 1-2 weeks.  Bruising can occur and usually takes about 2 weeks to resolve.  Swelling takes longer.  Keeping your head elevated after surgery to reduce swelling is essential.  Most patients resume normal activity within a few days.