As we age several changes happen to our face (see video below-credit to Dr. Val Lambros). Many of these changes occur around the mouth, or perioral area. Changes that occur around the mouth include a lengthening of the upper lip, loss of volume of the lips, wrinkling of the skin around the mouth, and a relative downturning of the corners of the mouth. Lines and creases begin to appear around the mouth, especially at the corners from years of smiling, laughing, and an occasional frown. For patients with descent of the corners of the mouth, they often complain of looking frustrated or sad when they in fact feel fine. This facial symbolism can be erased with a lip lift or corner mouth lift. Although there is variation, the most common procedures for around-the-mouth surgery include lip lift, corner mouth lift, lip advancement and direct excisions. Often this operation is performed in conjunction with fat grafting.
Lip Lift Candidates
Patients who have a long upper lip, loss of lip volume or diminished lip show, fine wrinkles around the mouth, and a downturned corner of the mouth with deep marionette lines would all benefit from perioral rejuvenation.
Lip Lift Procedure
The typical incision for a corner mouth lift rests at the junction of the pigmented lip tissue and the normal upper lip skin. The incision is confined to the corner of the mouth and allows a down-turned corner mouth to be lifted to its normal anatomic location. Combined with other facial rejuvenation and refinement options such as eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, or cosmetic injectables, your face and the area around your mouth can be restored to a more youthful appearance.
Around-the-mouth surgery can be a combination of several procedures that are often done together to achieve maximum results. The most common combination is a lip lift to raise the central component of the upper lip and a corner mouth lift to elevate the corners. These two procedures are often done together to remove the negative facial symbolism created by a long and downturned upper lip.
Other procedures may include adding fullness to your lips and filling in the lines around the mouth. This is done with either a fat transfer or a fillers.
For finer lines and wrinkles a chemical peel or skin care regimen may be recommended.
Dr. Graham is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience in facial surgery. Secondy, he is the only plastic surgeon in the area offering this array of procedures. Lastly, he can perform many of these procedures in an office setting which saves you time and money.
Lip lift can be performed as an in office procedure, which results in significant savings of time and expense. If more procedures need to be done at the same time then a hospital/surgery center setting may be required.
Average lip lift recovery time is 1-2 weeks. You can drive within a few days as long as you’re not on narcotics. You can wear make up in 1 week. You can return to work in a week, depending on your profession.
The national average price for lip lift is $2500-5000 dollars. As every patient has different needs, the price can vary for each patient. You can see Dr. Graham’s pricing here.