Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery and Advanced Skin Care
7900 Farm to Market Road 1826, Bldg 2, Suite 206
Austin, TX 78737
Phone: (512) 288-8200
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Lip Lift

Changing the shape and contour of the upper lip can dramatically improve your overall appearance. Women get lip lift surgery at our Austin, TX, practice to reduce the space between the red portion of the upper lip and the nose, create symmetry, or increase the sensuality of their smiles. A lip lift can also make your upper teeth more visible when you smile.

Excellent Lip Lift Candidates

As we age, the tissue in the upper lip dissipates and the skin stretches, which can cause the area to increase in length, “thinning” the red portion of the upper lip. A lip lift can create an elegant and defined upper lip with greater volume. Sometimes called a “Bullhorn lip lift,” a lift lip is an ideal procedure for those who want to increase the sensuality of their smile, shorten the perceived appearance of the lower midface, and rejuvenate their image. A lip lift can also achieve other benefits, such as:

  • Creating a more attractive smile by allowing an appropriate portion of the teeth to show
  • Increasing the “show” of the red portion lips, permanently improving thin lips
  • Producing a more youthful appearance of the lower and mid-face
  • Decreasing lipstick bleed lines and wrinkles around the lips
  • Subtly lifting the corners of the mouth for a more inviting and sensual appeal
  • Decreasing the need for fillers

Your Consultation

Preparing for lip lift surgery requires dedicated planning and a clear discussion of desired outcomes and expectations. When considering lip lift surgery, it’s important to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon such as Dr. Marcelo Antunes, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Antunes carefully examines your entire face to determine what adjustments will provide the most natural and aesthetically appealing results.

The lips do not exist apart from the other facial features, and a properly executed lip lift will restore balance and harmony to one’s facial features and overall appearance. Lip lifts can be combined with other procedures, such as a fat transfer, facelift, or neck lift.

When considering a lip lift procedure, it’s important to understand that not all lips will achieve the full benefit of temporary fillers. A lip lift can provide a natural appearance compared to fillers that sometimes make the lips appear too full. On occasion, however, a small amount of filler will complement the results.

Your Procedure

Dr. Antunes takes great pride in his lip lifts and uses various lip lift techniques to improve the appearance of the upper lip and face. The Bullhorn lip lift technique is one of the more popular techniques because it produces stunning, natural-looking results. Other techniques lift the corners of the mouth, which reduces the angry or sad appearance often produced by downturned corners. Some people are born with this expression, but for others, it occurs with age.

Dr. Antunes performs the bullhorn lip lift by removing bullhorn-shaped skin from under the nostrils. He hides the incision in the shadow just beneath the nose and lifts the center and corner portions of the upper lip when the incision is closed. Dr. Antunes uses a local anesthetic when performing lip lift surgery, which typically takes an hour.

Recovery & Results

A mild amount of swelling and bruising can be expected during the first few days after the procedure. Dr. Antunes uses ointment on the incisions and he removes sutures 5 to 7 days after the procedure.

Patients typically take about 1 to 2 weeks before returning to work or social events. Dr. Antunes provides patients with detailed post-procedure instructions, which usually include getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, and keeping the head elevated. That often means sleeping in a recliner or being significantly propped up in bed. Dr. Antunes normally sees patients several times during the first 2 weeks after surgery, and patients have direct access to him at all times.

Many questions arise in the first 2 weeks following any surgery, and Dr. Antunes believes setting up a series of appointments during that time period alleviates any anxiety about the recovery process. His core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that produces your desired results.

Lip Lift at a Glance

Goal: To create an aesthetically pleasing contour and size of the upper lip.

Procedure: With incisions hidden in the shadow just beneath the nose, the bullhorn lip lift is performed by removing skin shaped like a bullhorn from under the nostrils. The center and corner portions of the upper lip are then lifted up when the incision is closed.

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia
Procedure length: 1 hour

Aftercare: A mild amount of swelling and bruising can be expected the first few days after the procedure. A small dressing is placed for the first 24 hours.

Recovery: About 1 week on average. Post-procedure instructions usually include getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids, and keeping the head elevated, which often means sleeping in a recliner or significantly propped up in bed. Dr. Antunes will normally see you several times during the first 2 weeks after surgery, and you will have direct access to him at all times. Because many questions arise during the first 2 weeks following any surgery, Dr. Antunes believes setting up a series of appointments for that time period alleviates anxiety a patient may have about the recovery process. His core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that produces your desired result.

Timeline

  • Surgery
  • Day 1: Bandage removal
  • Day 5 to 7: Suture removal
  • 1 to 2 weeks: Return to work and social activities
  • 10 to 14 days: Ready for makeup
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 75% healed
  • 6 months: 100% healed

Dr. Antunes takes great pride in the natural-looking results he creates for his patients. Request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Antunes to discuss your concerns. You can also call The Piazza Center at (512) 288-8200 to schedule an appointment.