In the ever-evolving landscape of cosmetic surgery, procedures for facial enhancement
continue to captivate individuals seeking to rejuvenate their appearance. One such
procedure, the surgical lip lift, has gained prominence for its ability to enhance the
beauty and youthfulness of the lips. As a female plastic surgeon, I have witnessed
firsthand the transformative effects of this surgery. Today, we will explore the different
types of lip lifts, the recovery process, and the remarkable outcomes achieved through
The Surgical Lip Lift: An Overview
A surgical lip lift is a procedure designed to enhance the appearance of the lips by
shortening the distance between the base of the nose and the upper lip. This surgery is
ideal for individuals looking to achieve a more youthful and balanced facial aesthetic, as
it can address concerns such as a long upper lip, a lack of lip volume, and a less defined
There are two primary types of surgical lip lifts:
#1 Subnasal Lip Lift (Bullhorn Lip Lift)
This popular technique involves creating a small incision just beneath the nose,
following the natural curve of the nostrils. Excess skin is removed, and the upper lip is
lifted, resulting in a more pronounced and aesthetically pleasing cupid’s bow. The
Bullhorn Lip Lift is ideal for patients who desire a subtle but impactful improvement in
the appearance of their upper lip.
#2 Corner Lip Lift (Lateral Lip Lift)
The Corner Lip Lift is designed to elevate the corners of the mouth, creating a naturally
youthful and cheerful expression. Small incisions are made at the corners of the mouth,
allowing the surgeon to remove a minimal amount of skin and elevate the lip’s edges.
This technique is perfect for individuals with downturned or sagging mouth corners,
restoring a more optimistic and rejuvenated appearance.
The Recovery Process: What to Expect
Following a surgical lip lift, patients can anticipate a relatively straightforward recovery
process. Here’s what you can expect:
Swelling and Bruising: Some degree of swelling and bruising is normal,
particularly during the first week after surgery. Cold compresses and prescribed
medications can help manage these symptoms.
Sutures: Sutures are typically removed within a week, and patients can expect a
gradual improvement in their lip’s appearance as the healing process progresses.
Activity Restrictions: Patients are advised to avoid strenuous activities for a few
weeks after the procedure. This allows the surgical site to heal properly.
Results: The final results of a lip lift become more apparent as swelling subsides,
usually within a few weeks. Patients will enjoy a rejuvenated and harmonious lip
Remarkable Outcomes: A Boost in Confidence and Beauty
The surgical lip lift has the power to enhance not only the lips but also an individual’s
overall facial harmony. By restoring balance between the upper lip and the nose or
elevating the corners of the mouth, this procedure can rejuvenate the entire face.
My patients are often delighted at the restored youthful appearance of their lips as well
as the increase in volume following this procedure. Whether it’s a subtle adjustment or a
more dramatic enhancement, this procedure can be tailored to meet each patient’s
unique goals and desires.
In conclusion, the surgical lip lift, offered in both the Subnasal (Bullhorn) and Corner
(Lateral) variations, is a versatile and effective option for individuals seeking to enhance
their lip and facial aesthetics. With a relatively straightforward recovery process and
remarkable outcomes, this procedure continues to empower individuals to look and feel
their best, leaving a lasting impact on their confidence and overall well-being. To explore
whether a surgical lip lift is right for you, consult with a skilled and experienced plastic
surgeon who can provide expert guidance tailored to your individual needs and
Please call, email, or fill out our online form to request a consultation with Dr. Barbara Persons, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon supporting patients across Concord, Lafayette, Brentwood, Walnut Creek, and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area.