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Lip Lift
In New Orleans

What is a Lip Lift?

Restore A Youthful look to your lips

As we age, sometimes the upper lip elongates. In order to restore a youthful size to the upper lip, you may need a lip lift. This cosmetic procedure shortens the distance between your upper lip and your nose. In addition, the surgery can increase how much of the lip is shown, making it appear larger. You can also get a lip lift to make your lips more even and/or create a younger-looking smile. This procedure has also been nicknamed a “bullhorn” lip lift due to the shape of the incision which follows the curves of your nostrils, forming a “bull’s horn” shape – hence the nickname. A lip lift is performed by removing a strip of extra skin from just beneath the nose, decreasing the length of the skin of the upper lip.

Benefits of a Lip Lift

Rejuvenate Your Appearance

A lip lift can offer a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance to the upper lip. It can also increase the fullness and size of the red portion of your upper lip, as well as allowing more of your teeth to show. By reducing the size of the upper lip, you can enlarge your lips, shorten the space between your lips and nose, and even create a better-defined cupid’s bow. It can also reduce sagging and lines around your mouth in general, which helps you look more youthful.

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Am I a Candidate for a Lift Lip in New Orleans?

If you would like to know more about getting a Lip Lift, it’s important to come in for a consultation with Dr. Melancon.

She can examine you, review your medical history, and together you can determine if a lip lift is right for you. Ideal candidates have a longer upper lip from either aging or genetics and should not have any active infections in or around their mouths. Ideal candidates also should not have a “gummy smile” because a lip lift can also make this more pronounced.

The Lip Lift Procedure

This procedure is an outpatient surgery that can be done under local or general anesthesia, depending on patient preference and whether the procedure is combined with other procedures. The procedure itself takes about an hour to complete. Dr. Melancon will make an incision at the base of your nose around its natural shape, hidden in the natural creases surrounding the nose. After that, excess skin is removed. Then, the incision is meticulously stitched closed.

Recovery from a Lip Lift

Your incision will heal

Because of the sensitive tissue involved in this surgery, you will have swelling in your lips as well as around the incision. To aid in healing and reducing swelling, you can use ice compresses.

You will have your stitches in at least 5-7 days, at which point they will be removed progressively during your postoperative visits. You should minimize excessive mouth movements such as heavy chewing, laughing, and kissing. Your incision will slowly heal and become less and less visible with time, but you can wear makeup after about 10-14 days to help conceal the incision.

Results of a Lip Lift

You will notice an immediate difference in your upper lift after surgery. However, your full results will not be completely visible until after the swelling and incisions fade, which can take up to 3 months. Once you’re healed, you will notice not just fuller lips, but fewer creases along your cheeks and a more youthful smile.

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Your New Orleans Lip Lift Consultation

If you want to take the next step in learning more about getting a Lip Lift, Dr. Melancon at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery is an expert facial plastic surgeon with the experience you need to reach your goals. Call or email to book your consultation with Dr. Melancon.

Lip Lift FAQ

The ideal candidate for a lip lift is a patient with a long upper lip length and without a gummy smile. If you feel like the length of your upper lip is contributing to facial aging, you may be a candidate.

The cost depends on the extent of the surgery you end up needing, as well as if you combine it with other procedures. As an elective cosmetic procedure, this surgery is not covered by insurance. You can apply for financing if needed.

You will not feel anything during the procedure after you are numbed up, but once the anesthesia wears off, you will likely feel tenderness, soreness, and bruising around the incision area. This can be mild-to-moderate pain, so you can take over-the-counter pain relievers, or a prescription as a backup option.

At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.

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