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Lip Lift Santa Barbara is one of the hottest and most requested treatment options in the ever changing field of facial cosmetic surgery. The most common lip procedure is lip augmentation with dermal fillers, however, we sometimes perform a little known procedure called a "lip lift".

What is a lip lift in Santa Barbara?

A lip lift is a procedure that can shorten the elongated lip and roll out the “red” border to provide more lip exposure, and may also improve the smile line. The surgery to increase lip prominence is accomplished by removing a small amount of skin and muscle below the nose in the nasal crease. This well-hidden incision will allow the lip to roll upward and forward. This will provide a more youthful, shorter lip with a greater amount of “red” lip exposure. Thus achieving natural and youthful looking results from our Santa Barbara lip lift.

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How is the procedure performed?

The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia or IV sedation if the patient wishes and takes about 30 minutes. The skin is marked following the natural curvature of the nose. A four-five mm curved section of skin is removed along with some muscle. The incision is closed with very fine sutures and patients are advised to refrain from pursing their lips for several days.

Upper Lip Lift Video with Michael Morrissette, DDS, FACS & Saj Jivraj Prosthodontist

How is the recovery?

There is swelling beneath the nose for several days so a few days off from work may be necessary. The surgical site is usually healed in about seven-ten days and at 30 days the incision is usually hardly perceptible. In few cases, a laser can be used to any scar that is still visible.

The benefits of the lip lift include a shortening of the upper lip to provide more pout and enhance aesthetics. The shortened lip will also increase the amount of upper tooth show consistent with a more youthful lip.

Who is a candidate for lip lift?

Some patients present with elongated, lengthened, upper lips due to heredity or aging. The aging lip becomes elongated, sustains volume loss, and loses its curves. This type of lip does not improve in appearance with dermal fillers.

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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