What is a Lip Lift?
A lip lift is an outpatient surgical procedure which reshapes the lips via a small, hidden excision of the skin just under the nose in order to address longer, thinner lips by having them move and hold more towards a subtle puckering position. A lip lift addresses the signs of aging in lips in a way which can not be achieved by fillers.
How Lips Show Your Age
As we age, so do our various facial features, and the lips are no exception. This patient shows how the use if a finesse lip lift rejuvenates her entire lower face in a natural youthful manner.
While a facelift can address larger signs such as fat atrophy that causes wrinkles, sagging, and jowling, other features such as the eyes, nose and mouth must be considered and treated independently. This is why facelifts and other related procedures are usually done in conjunction with procedures such as blepharoplasty, or lip augmentation in order to harmonize the overall effect that these procedures provide.
For lips in particular, the tissue in our will naturally begin to atrophy in a way that will results in lips that appear longer, thinner, and less voluminous, erasing the petite and full bodied lips that are associated with youth and vitality.
Humans naturally associate the appearance of long thin lips with an aged person. Unfortunately, due to genetics and premature aging, some people show this more drastically, and/or earlier than they should.
How Much Does a Lip Lift Cost?
A typical lift lift can cost anywhere from $3000 to $4500 depending on what exactly Dr. Rohrich thinks would work best in your specific situation after seeing you in consultation and giving you a customized treatment plan. Consultation fees are subtracted from the price if you decide to go through with the procedure. Dr. Rohrich strongly believes in a holistic and customized approach to facial aging.
Lip Lift vs Fillers
The thinning of the lips by itself can be treated reasonably well by using facial fillers, and is one of the most common uses of these fillers. They work well in young patients with full body lip structure as seen below.
The “lip body” however, that is the fullness that moves the lips more towards a puckering type position, can not be addressed with fillers alone.
This is where a lip lift comes in. By using a small, strategically placed surgical incision, a lip lift is able to reduce the signs of aging that long, thin lips … by making them move and hold more towards a subtle puckering position.
Lip Lift Types
Lip lifts generally fall into two categories, depending on the circumstances of each individual case: Short Lip Lift and Extended Lip Lift.
Short Lip Lift is for patients that have only central lip lengthening due to aging with now down turned commissures as seen in this patient where the subnasal incision is well hidden
Extended Lip Lift is use for patient with an overall long upper lip that extends to the commissures causing a downward tilt to the overall lip shape . This beautiful patient exemplifies how this is corrected in an elegant manner.