Lip lifts differ from injections and augmentation 

Lip lift is a procedure that is an option for patients with a thin upper lip and a fuller bottom lip. Though it sometimes may be used interchangeably with lip injections and lip augmentation procedures, it is in fact, an entirely different procedure. Charlotte, NC residents who are considering having a lift lip, should consult their physician to see if it is the best option to help them reach their goals. 

Lip lift create the appearance of a fuller top lip 

A lip lift is a minor surgery that can be done in the surgeon’s office. The doctor makes a small incision under the nose and removes extra skin and tightens the muscles there. This helps make the top lip appear fuller. This procedure is ideal for candidates who have a full bottom lip but feel their top lip is too narrow or does not balance their bottom lip. 

There are many benefits to having a lip lift 

There are many reasons patients may have a lip lift, or doctors may recommend the procedure. As with all surgeries, cosmetic and medical, there are risks involved, but lip lift has many benefits making it worth the slight risk.  

One big benefit of a lip lift is that it is done in the office. Instead of patients needing to pay for anesthesia a recovery room, patients can have the procedure done in the doctor’s office. This helps keep costs down, so patients do not need to pay out as much money.  

Another significant benefit of the procedure is its relatively fast healing time. While minor swelling and bruising are expected immediately following the surgery, both fade quickly. Sutures can typically be removed by the doctor in under a week, often between five and six days. The procedure also usually does not leave any scarring. If any scarring does occur, however, the surgeon can remove it later as well.  

Recovery tips for lip lift 

Though a lip lift surgery has a quick recovery time, it is important to follow your doctor’s orders. Prior to the procedure, patients should quit smoking and avoid certain medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Staying hydrated is important as well, so patients should be sure to drink plenty of water before and after the procedure. Lastly, avoid putting lotions and makeup on the area until the stitches have been removed. This can irritate the area, and people do not want to bump the area until it is fully healed. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Freeman is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon. If you are unhappy with the way your lips and mouth look and are considering a lip lift, call Dr. Freeman’s office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Freeman is double board certified and has focused exclusively only facial plastic surgery since 1988.