A variety of changes occur to our faces as we age. The elasticity of the upper lip decreases and the lip becomes longer and thinner. The front teeth become hidden. The pink part of our lips shows less and less. All of these things result in wrinkles, fine lines, and an aged appearance.
A lip lift is performed in a few ways including removal of the skin at the base of the nose in a very specific manner and then shortening the upper lip so that the pink lip mucosa is exposed. The result returns the upper lip to a more youthful position. In fact, the goal is to have several millimeters of upper teeth showing when the lip is at rest to achieve and restore the youthful and pleasant shape to the mouth.
The lip lift procedure is performed in our licensed state of the art surgical facility, usually under IV sedation. The lip lift procedure is enhanced with the addition of dermal fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm at the same time, to increase the fullness or volume of the lip and to treat wrinkles.
Dr. Robert Guyette is a board certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon and dentist helping patients in the greater Phoenix valley. If you think you’re a candidate for a lip lift, we invite you to contact the team at Guyette Facial & Oral Surgery and learn more about this procedure, and to schedule a consultation – 480-657-7065.