subnasal lip advancement

Lip Lift

For some clients, their upper lip is naturally too long for their face.  For others, the aging process the skin portion of the lip to elongate while the red portion of the lip seems to decrease in size. 

A Lip Lift (also called a “Sub-Nasal Lip Lift”) can provide clients with a fuller looking upper lip as well as a wider smile with their teeth being more visible.  In the procedure, Dr. Perkins removes a small piece of skin at the nasal base to shorten a “long” upper lip and to allow more of the pink portion of the lip to show.  The incision is hidden in the base of the nostrils. 

While dermal fillers can add volume to the lip and increase the amount of the red part of their lip that shows, one very nice aspect of a Lip Lift is that the increase in the visual size of the red lips is permanent.  Additionally, slightly decreasing the size of the skin above the lips can result in better facial balance and a more natural look.  Finally, the procedure allows the teeth to show more when smiling.   

Frequently Asked Questions About Subnasal Lip Advancement

A Lip Lift (or Sub-Nasal Lip Lift) is an innovative procedure that removes a small amount of skin near the base of the nose to shorten the skin in between the nose and the upper lip.  For the right client, this permanently improves facial balance and makes the upper lip look fuller (and younger).

A Lip Lift permanently increases the visual size of the upper red lip, providing a benefit many people look for in dermal fillers that only last for 6 – 12 months.  Additionally, slightly decreasing the size of the skin above the lips can result in better facial balance and a more natural look.  Finally, the procedure allows the teeth to show more when smiling.    

There is some temporary swelling of the upper lip but the incision is hidden in the base of the nose.  Most clients are fine working from home a day after the procedure, but we recommend avoiding strenuous activity for a week and then gradually resuming full activity over 2-3 weeks.

A Lip Lift can be performed with a local anesthetic and light oral sedation. Pain is usually minimal and is easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

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