What is a lip lift?
Unlike lip augmentation surgery, which focuses on adding volume, lip lift surgery focuses on improving the shape and contours of the lip line. In most cases, the patient wants to better define the "Cupid's bow" (the v-shape created by the two peaks of the upper lip) and change the distance between the lips and nose for a more proportional appearance. At Cosmetic Surgery Associates in Oklahoma City, the cosmetic surgeons will listen to the patient's concerns and help them determine what changes are needed to achieve their goals. The ideal distance between the lips and nose is typically considered 12 - 15 millimeters, but this is usually adjusted by Dr. Erik Nuveen and Dr. Courtney Caplin based on the patient's facial features and structure for balance and symmetry. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation for an upper and/or lower lip lift at our Oklahoma City, OK, facility.
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What are the benefits?
A customized lip lift in Oklahoma City, OK at Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates will improve the attractiveness of your smile and facial appearance with a number of wonderful features, like:
- Produces larger lips
- Improves the symmetry of and appearance of the smile
- Brings about facial symmetry and harmony
- Develops a refreshed aesthetic
- Heightens the ends of the mouth
- Minimizes the appearance of smoker's lines (on upper lip)
- Yields longitudinal to permanent results
- Grows confidence and self-image
- Little to no recovery period
- Minimal scarring
"I was originally a patient here nearly 10 years ago and have sent many friends here over the years. This year I came in for another surgery and had some personal difficulties that resulted in some additional care, but this team of nurses and physicians has been so understanding and caring through all of it. Dr. Nuveen and his team have gone above and beyond for me this year and I appreciate them so much. Every person from the front desk to the schedulers has been phenomenal to me. As a surgery nurse myself, I have very high standards for facilities and the care they give and they have exceeded them all. I would absolutely recommend them if you are looking for a skilled and talented group that will care about your entire self!"- J.R. / Google / Sep 21, 2023
"Just got a diamond glow facial from Ann, the amazing in-house aesthetician, and my skin looks bouncy and dewy! I signed up for the VIP package, I’m in my 4th month (receiving 1 facial a month) and my skin looks more youthful than it has in years! Ann is fantastic!!"- C.S. / Google / Sep 19, 2023
"Dr Nuveen and his staff are exceptional in their practice and patient care. I would highly recommend them."- S.H. / Google / Sep 16, 2023
"Dr. Nuveen is beyond excellent, and so are his staff."- B.K. / Google / Sep 15, 2023
"Dr. Nuveen, his nurse Sarah and the 2 doctors in training (I forgot their names) we absolutely amazing. They made me feel very comfortable from beginning to end and were very attentive to my concerns! I am so ready for my upcoming procedures. They are compassionate beyond words and I will forever be grateful for them all."- K.W. / Google / Sep 08, 2023
How does a lift lip work?
The technique used will be customized to match the patient’s condition and preference. Listed below are two of the most common techniques implemented by plastic surgeons:
- Gull-Wing Lip Lift
The gull-wing lip lift addresses the vermillion on the lips. This is the part of the upper and lower lips that have pinkish skin. Surgeons usually advise patients to consider the gull-wing lip lift to increase the display of the vermillion. With this procedure, a tiny incision is made to remove skin and nearby tissue from or above the white line of the skin that has the vermilion. Because some tissues are removed, the shape of the lips will change from both peaks of the Cupid’s bow. This process can also be performed on the lower lip.
- Sub-Nasal Lip Lift
Another type of lip lift is the sub-nasal lip lift or “bullhorn lip lift”. This is also a very popular type of lip lift. Firstly, it removes a portion of the skin from under the nose and then gently lifts the skin to reshape the Cupid’s bow and provide a lifted appearance. This effect produces a result where a small part of the teeth can be seen even when the mouth is closed. The results using this method are immediate. One disadvantage of this technique is that slight scarring may be noticeable under the nose. However, a qualified surgeon will produce an outcome that limits scarring as much as possible.
What can I expect During/After a lip lift?
A lip lift is performed using general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. The outpatient procedure usually takes up to 2 hours to be completed. Results after the first few days of the surgery will already be visible with a bit of swelling and minimal pain. The F=full effect should take a few months to have the final look the patient wanted.
How much does a lip lift cost?
The average cost of a lip lift procedure will range between $2,840 to $3,500. If the lip lift is performed in combination with another procedure, the cost further increases.
**Fees that are posted are subject to change. No doctor/patient relationship is established until exam. Consent in perpetuity until canceled in writing.
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Lip Lift FAQ
Will a lift lip make my lips too puckered?
Having “duck lips” is the result of a surgeon augmenting a lip that probably should have been lifted instead. What the lip lift does is improve the placement and overall shape of the lips. This procedure is made to create natural, subtle, and youthful results.
Will I have scars after a lip lift?
Minimal scarring may be visible with this procedure. The sutures will be finely done, and the doctor will make every effort to minimize the effects of scarring. Incisions are barely visible after the procedure.
Should I receive a lip lift or a lip augmentation?
Lip augmentation produces fuller lips while a lip lift improves the lip position and shape. Having either a lift or augmentation depends on the shape of the lips an individual has and the ultimate aesthetic goal. If a person has a flat and undefined lip, a lip augmentation may result in an outward pouty lip rather than a shapelier and well-designed mouth. Therefore, lip augmentation is not always the solution. A skilled surgeon can determine what kind of lip surgery would be appropriate to have in order to achieve the patient’s desired goals.
Kiss Thin Lips Goodbye
Even though lip procedures are sensitive, they often produce beautiful results. You do not have to be concerned with leaving Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates with “duck lips,” or lips that have obviously been changed. Dr. Nuveen performs lip surgery procedures that yield serious but organic-looking outcomes that benefit the overall look of your face. If you are considering a lip lift or lip drop procedure and feel that the time is right, say goodbye to your flat lips and contact Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nuveen.