Lip Lift surgery
When you hear the terms “lip augmentation” and “lip lift” in Toronto, you may be under the impression that these are the same procedures. However, these two terms describe different cosmetic alterations for the mouth. Lip augmentation can be surgical – utilizing insertion of implants to make the lips appear fuller– but commonly the term refers to a non-surgical, injectable augmentation of the lips. This is a popular method of facial enhancement for those with naturally thin, small or asymmetric mouths.
The area between the upper lip and nose can expand and elongate with age. For some people, these changes progress over time, but others are born with a particularly drooping upper lip. The facial imbalance this creates is distinctive, and thinning or sagging lips can lead to an aged appearance. The upper teeth may be hidden when smiling and speaking which also leads some people to feel self-conscious.
Youthful mouths typically reveal about 2mm of the tooth when the mouth is open. When the upper lip elongates or curls under, the effect on your whole appearance can be undesirable. If you’d like to show off your pearly whites, present a more lifted and friendly lower face, the upper lip lift in Toronto could be an ideal surgical procedure for you. We see patients young and old, both male and female who love their facial improvements after having a lip lift at Verso.
Conversely, a lip lift surgery describes a cosmetic procedure used to decrease the space between the nose and upper lip. It’s a relatively minor facial cosmetic surgery but produces dramatic, permanent results. Let’s take a closer look at the lip lifting technique and why so many patients choose it. learn more.
Why do people opt for a lip lift in Toronto?
Is a surgical solution right for you?
Sometimes non-surgical approaches can help, and when you meet with your plastic surgeon for your first consultation, they may suggest and describe more than one option. For instance, neuromodulators like Botox can be injected strategically in the upper lip to reduce the action of small, targeted muscles. More often for a drooping upper lip, dermal hyaluronic acid fillers are injected to add volume and help sculpt a more perky and upturned lip shape. These solutions carry minimal health risk and no chance of scarring. The effect may last several months but will not be permanent, so you will need to maintain the look with ongoing treatments.
Lift lip surgery may be an ideal long-term solution for those patients who require a significant change. Your facial plastic surgeon can show you what the adjustment of even just a few millimetres will do, and explain how subtle rebalancing of features significantly improves facial harmony.
Schedule your consultation to take the next step
This procedure is not as widely known as other facial surgery such as facelift or rhinoplasty. For that reason, it’s essential that you seek out a Royal College certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in the head and neck. A surgeon who dedicates their practice to cosmetic facial surgery and has regular experience with lip lifts in Toronto, will be able to ensure your best outcome.
At the Verso Surgery Centre, our specialists are renowned for skill and expertise in their surgical specialties. When you visit us for your consultation, you’ll meet with the surgeon and surgical coordinator who can answer all questions you may have. In your private meeting, you’ll be examined, and we’ll ask you some questions to understand your goals better. Depending on what you’d like to change and your expectations, your expert will offer customized feedback and potential solutions. You can count on your Verso surgeon to fully explain all the risks and considerations for a given procedure, as well as to communicate with honesty and clarity.
We believe in providing ample, transparent information about procedures, so our clients are fully informed. We also feel it’s important to be completely upfront when a chosen technique or operation is not an ideal choice, and we’ll explain why. If there is a better option for you, your surgeon will describe the benefits and provide you with all you need to make your decision.
How can you schedule your lip lift?
Our patients appreciate that this surgery comes with relatively short recovery time and low risks due to the brief time in the OR and avoidance of general anaesthetic. Booking is quick and easy too. We’ll provide a personalized surgical quote for lip lift at our Toronto surgical centre. One of the perks our patients enjoy is that we operate our own state of the art level 3 OHP surgical facility, so we can accommodate a wide array of schedules and patient needs. Our clients are never bumped for non-cosmetic cases, and we provide comprehensive care with inviting and comfortable accommodations. We also work with reputable medical financing companies to help with the booking process and will be ready to take the next steps when you are.
What can you expect during your procedure?
Your lip lift will take place in our private surgical centre. It can be done using local anaesthetic and IV sedation which means you can avoid the sometimes-dizzying effects after a general anaesthetic. Our patients can return home shortly after this surgery.
Your surgeon will show you where the incisions will be made beforehand and draw on your lip to demonstrate before you begin. You’ll be given a soft hospital gown and kept cozy with a blanket on the operating bed. You’ll be free to ask any questions you have before the procedure begins and your surgeon will explain again what will take place, before proceeding.
An incision will be made at the base of the nose and extended downward slightly onto the upper lip. An ellipse of skin only will be removed in that section; then the incision edges will be pulled upward and stitched in place at the base of the nose. The entire procedure takes only about 30 minutes. You won’t feel a thing, and you’ll likely be sleepy or drowsy throughout due to the IV sedation. These effects are temporary, and you’ll wake with a nurse at your side and be cleared to leave when you feel ready. We’ll ensure you have instructions required to care for your incision and we’ll send you home with a prescription for antibiotics and pain medication if needed.
Recovery after a lip lift
Most of our Toronto lip lift patients take a few days off work. Pain and swelling are expected and can be well-managed with medication taken as directed. We’ll also advise you to avoid strenuous activity that could raise your blood pressure, or bending over which also increases pressure in the face. You’ll be encouraged to eat a soft food diet for a week and not open your mouth wide or overuse the area. You’ll need to minimize talking, so it’s a great time to catch up on TV and movie binges. You will be able to return to work if you choose within 5 to 7 days. However, your dissolvable sutures may be in place and apparent for up to two weeks. We’ll invite you to return to us for a check-up within the first week after surgery, and again a few months later, however you’ll be free to contact us any time you need, and we can arrange appointments at your request. For your peace of mind and safety, we always supply our surgical patients with the personal contact information of their surgeon in case they need anything after hours throughout the first few days.
Your incisions will likely be completely closed at two weeks, and you’ll have no restrictions after that. However, it is essential that you avoid exposing your scar to the sun. We recommend that you apply a good sunblock daily, especially outside, and reapply often. Incisions and subsequent scars have a tendency to develop darkened pigment in reaction to tanning.
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