As we age, the distance between the base of our nose and our upper lip elongates, aging the face. We also see less of the red lip and less of our teeth when we talk and smile. Filler can add volume to the lip, but it cannot address these aging changes and can often weigh the lip down further. If this is happening to you, you may be a candidate for an upper lip lift. A lip lift is a surgical procedure that restores the lips to a more youthful appearance and refreshes your smile.
At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, innovative solutions and advanced techniques are at the forefront of our practice. Dr. David Boudreault and Dr. Brittany Leader are experts in blending artistry with superior surgical knowledge to achieve beautiful and balanced results with every procedure. If you're considering a lip lift San Jose and Palo Alto's Illuminate staff would love to help you realize the rejuvenated and more confident smile you deserve.
A lip lift is an aesthetic surgery designed to rejuvenate the area around the mouth. It shortens the distance between the base of the nose and the lips and reveals more of the red lip, giving a natural, fuller appearance. This procedure involves the precise and delicate removal of a small section of skin located between the upper lip and the base of the nose. As a result, the top lip area is raised, creating a more youthful lip. This also allows a greater portion of the lip surface to become visible both when lips are at rest or when smiling.
For those wanting to enhance the appearance of their lip corners, a corner lip lift can be a great option. While often used in combination with a standard lip lift, the corner lip lift is especially beneficial for individuals who have downturned mouth corners, which often gives the impression of a frown. The procedure involves removing a tiny strip of skin located just above the vermillion border near the corners of the lips.
Lip augmentation using dermal fillers is a common, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that plumps and shapes the lips. However, the results can often be inconsistent and require many follow-up appointments to keep the look. It also does not address the lengthening of the upper white lip and the loss of dental show with speech and smiling. Alternatively, a lip lift is a surgical procedure that offers subtle yet long-lasting improvements.
At Illuminate, we often combine our San Jose or Palo Alto lip lift with a facelift as part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation. While a facelift mainly addresses the cheeks and midface, an added lip lift can help correct volume in the upper lip and provide more balanced and natural-looking overall facial rejuvenation.
A lip lift is an excellent way to achieve a fuller and more youthful appearance in the lips. Dr. David Boudreault and Dr. Brittany Leader are uniquely skilled in performing this increasingly popular procedure. Illuminate patients of our Palo Alto or San Jose lip lift can experience the following benefits:
Because a lip lift may be performed under local anesthesia, it can be an ideal option for most patients looking for a more volumized appearance. Patients should be over 21, non-smokers, and in overall good health.
At Illuminate, our mission is to help you feel confident and empowered in your appearance so nothing is keeping you from realizing your full potential. Before beginning any procedure, we take the time to understand your goals and ensure you feel good about your decisions. We’ll develop a customized treatment plan that is just right for you. During a consultation, we’ll discuss all available options and provide details on preparation and expectations throughout your journey.
Lip lifts are typically performed under local anesthesia in our Palo Alto and San Jose offices or are combined with other surgical procedures. Dr. Boudreault or Dr. Leader start with a discreet incision along the base of your nose and then remove a small strip of skin. The skin and tissue above the incision are lifted and repositioned to create the appearance of a fuller upper lip. The entire procedure can be done in less than an hour. Afterward, you’ll have stitches, which are removed a week after surgery.
Before you leave, we’ll provide comprehensive aftercare instructions to help you heal faster and achieve your best result. While most daily activities can be resumed after this procedure, you should not engage in strenuous activities for two weeks. You may experience some swelling or tenderness, but that typically subsides after a couple of weeks. The final results should settle in around three to twelve months.
With two of the best doctors in the Bay Area and an award-winning practice, we aim to give our patients greater self-confidence, satisfying results, and the highest quality care. Founder of Illuminate, Dr. David Boudreault, MD, FACS, along with Dr. Brittany Leader, MD, and the entire Illuminate team, will make sure you have the information you need to make decisions that are right for you. We’ll listen to your concerns and develop a personalized plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We want to provide you with an exceptional experience from consultation to follow-up.
Non-surgical lip augmentation through fillers has been the more popular option to achieve full lips for decades. Although nowadays, an increasing number of patients are discovering lip lifts as a more natural-looking and long-lasting alternative. Having minimal downtime and less need for maintenance make lip lifts very appealing.
While most patients will experience mild discomfort, such as swelling or bruising, for the first few days after surgery, recovery from a lip lift is relatively quick and tolerable with nothing more than OTC solutions.
As with any surgery, bleeding or an infection can happen. However, before you leave our office, our care team will make sure you have a complete set of instructions to help you heal quickly and avoid rare complications.
Yes! One of the greatest appeals of a Lip Lift is that the results are permanent. You can enjoy boosted self-confidence and a rejuvenated smile.
During your consultation, Dr. Boudreault or Dr. Leader will be able to assess the actual cost of your lip lift surgery. Costs will depend on a patient’s unique aesthetic goals and whether other procedures are performed at the same time.
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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.