What is a lip lift?

Lip lifting is a permanent and irreversible way to increase the size of the upper red lip and decreases the distance between the red lip and the nose.

It is performed by removing a small portion of skin at the base of the nose, and leaves a scar that is hidden in a natural crease between the nose and the lip.

Bullhorn lip lift

“Bullhorn” subnasal lip lift
Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.

Does lip lifting replace hyaluronic acid injections or lip fillers?

Lip lifting increases the size of the upper lip permanently. However, it does not replace the volume and hydration obtained through hyaluronic acid injections. Injections can still be necessary after the procedure.

How long should I wait after hyaluronic acid injections before a lip lift?

We generally recommend to wait at least 6 months.

What are the risks of a surgical lip lift?

Like any surgery, a lip lift presents the universal (but minimal) risks of scarring, bleeding (and bruising), infection (superficial or deep), and pain (temporary or permanent).

However, the main risk of any cosmetic surgery is to not be satisfied with the result. After a proper consultation that includes a complete examination and photo evaluation, Dr. Moubayed can generally produce the results desired by the patient. However, we do not control the healing of tissues, and some patients heal in an unpredictable way producing asymmetries or irregularities that can sometimes require touch-ups.

Lip lifting involves the risk of producing numbness of the lips and changes in skin pigmentation. Very rarely, surgery results in the lips not touching each other anymore (labial incompetence).

Dr. Moubayed is a surgeon that is exclusively trained in facial surgery. He has a conservative and individualized approach with each patient. All patients are followed closely after surgery with very precise and very clear instructions. All of this is done in order to minimize the risks listed above.

What happens during a consultation for lip lift?

A consultation starts with a complete questionnaire and physical examination. Photos are taken and analyzed with your surgeon. This is an essential communication tool as some patients want changes that are not always possible in surgery.

Then, we talk about surgery and recovery, and Dr. Moubayed answers any and all questions you may have.

Multiple consultations are sometimes necessary before deciding to proceed with surgery. Cosmetic facial surgery is an important decision to make and it is important that you are well informed before proceeding with it.

Four ways to know if you are a good candidate for a lip lift

1- You have a small upper red lip

2- The distance between your nose and upper lip is increased compared to the general population

3- You have tried (and failed) reversible options such as hyaluronic acid injections

4- You are not subject to hypertrophic scarring or keloids

Ideal upper lip length

Ideal upper lip length
Source: Moubayed et al., Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Concepts, Questions, Answers, 1st ed.

How to prepare for a consultation for a lip lift?

It is a good idea to prepare yourself for your consultation and this is easily done.

First, prepare to list in order of importance the elements you would like to improve in your face and lips.

Then, if you have had cosmetic soft tissue fillers to the face, try to find out which products were injected and when. If you have already had facial surgery, try to bring with you the operative report of your prior procedures if this is possible.

How long does it take to perform a lip lift?

Lip lifting is a quick and painless procedure when performed appropriately. When using modern techniques that enable maximal tissue control, it takes generally less than an hour.

What type of anesthesia is used for lip lifting?

Lip lifting is practiced under local anesthesia, or local anesthesia with sedation.

How long is recovery from a lip lift?

Patients leave the surgical center the same day and recover at home with very precise instructions, such as not drinking from a straw.

Your first post-operative appointment will take place 5 to 7 days later, where your stitches will be removed and your wound will be examined. At that point you can return to your regular activities and any bruising can be hidden with concealer.

Light physical activity can be resumed after a week, but for more vigorous activities like weightlifting, it is recommended to wait three weeks to minimize bleeding risk.

How long does swelling last after lip lifting?

After a week, you will very presentable in society. The majority of swelling decreases over the first three months, but minimal (barely visible) swelling can persist for up to a year.

How to find the best surgeon for a lip lift in Montreal?

It is important to look at multiple factors during your lip lift surgeon choice:

1- Does your surgeon have specific expertise in facial surgery and anatomy to be able to minimize complications?

2- Can your surgeon perform all types of procedures on the lips to be able to choose which one is most adapted to your needs?

3- Did you have a positive experience and feel comfortable during your consultation?

Are there non-surgical or minimally invasive alternatives to lip lifting?

Carefully selected patients can benefit from hyaluronic acid lip injections.

Nothing replaces a consultation with a doctor that offers all procedures (non-invasive and invasive) in order to determine the options best suited for your face.

Dr. Moubayed can advise patients judiciously with regards to the best options according to their facial needs.

How do I contact Dr. Moubayed for a consultation?

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