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Lip Lift

In a youthful upper lip, approximately 2 mm of the upper teeth is seen when the mouth is relaxed and slightly open. Youthful lips should additionally have a measure of poutiness and vibrant fullness.

As a person gets older, the upper lip ages by becoming progressively longer, and the upper teeth become hidden. Additionally, the lip curls inward, losing some of its natural pout. The appearance of a thin, long upper lip and lack of tooth show is a telltale sign of aging.

A lip lift helps to correct the appearance of a long upper lip by elevating it back to a higher position, restoring a natural pout, and re-establishing normal tooth show.

A variation of the lip lift is the Corner lip lift. This procedure can benefit patients with a downward frown at the corners of the mouth by elevating it to a neutral position, or even upward orientation.

Lip Reduction

Some patients feel that their lips are too full and wish to have them reduced. Lip reduction in these patients is generally straightforward and highly successful.

In recent years, Dr. Lawrence Tong has seen many patients seeking help for distorted lips after they have undergone silicone injections to the lips. Dr. Tong does not recommend free silicone injections for any type of cosmetic purposes due to the risk of irreversible, long-term complications. The free silicone can migrate unpredictably, which induces scarring, leading to distortion, numbness, and stiffness. In these cases, the lips may be reduced to a normal size, but there may be residual silicone remaining in the lip that cannot be removed without destroying the normal appearance of the lips. Dr. Tong will be very candid in discussing your situation and expected outcomes from silicone distorted lip correction surgery.

Lip Augmentation with Fillers or Fat Transfer

Lip augmentation refers to lip enhancements that make the lips fuller. The most common method of accomplishing lip augmentation is with soft tissue fillers such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®. Another popular option for a more permanent result is undergoing micro fat grafting (fat transfer) to the lips.

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Lip Reduction and Lip Lift Procedure Details

The procedure is performed under IV sedation (twilight) or local anesthesia. It is a minor procedure and takes approximately 1 hour to complete. In some cases of challenging lip reduction (silicone injected lips), Dr. Tong may recommend that the surgery be performed under IV sedation.

Dr. Tong performs the lip lift by making a small incision along the bottom edge of the base of the nose. A small amount of skin is removed and the upper lip is lifted and slightly everted. Dr. Tong meticulously places the stitches and the procedure is complete.

Dr. Tong performs the corner lip lift by making a small incision near the corner of the mouth; he removes a small wedge of skin to change the direction of the corner from a downturned to neutral or slightly upward direction.

Dr. Tong performs a lip reduction by strategically marking the areas for removal. The incisions are planned on the inside edge of the lip (the mucosa), so that they are hidden from view. The areas of mucosa are removed. In cases of silicone injection, scar and free silicone may also be encountered and removed. Temporary stitches are placed to judge the aesthetic result; more tissue is removed if necessary. Once Dr. Tong is satisfied with the appearance, stitches are placed to close the incisions.

Recovery after Lip Lift/Lip Reduction

You are allowed to go home following the procedure. Pain is typically moderate and is treated with the prescribed pain medication. The diet should consist of soft, semi-solid foods (such as scrambled eggs, soup, mashed potatoes, oatmeal, etc…). You should refrain from talking or opening your mouth wide in the first week. At 10-14 days after the repair, the stitches will dissolve. You will have an appointment to see Dr. Tong at 1 week to check on your progress. The majority of patients return to work (non-strenuous) at 2-5 days. You may start light exercise (e.g. walking) at 1 week after surgery. Avoid strenuous activity until 4 weeks after surgery. After the initial post-op visit, you will follow up with Dr. Tong at 6 weeks and 6 months. Post-operative photos will also be taken at these visits.

Get Educated about Lip Augmentation, Lip Lift and Lip Reduction

Patients should obtain all the information about their surgery options before making a decision. The consultation with Dr. Tong is your opportunity to learn about the various lip enhancement procedures. Dr. Tong will make sure that you understand the important details and answer all your questions. You will have the opportunity to view many examples of his work, as well. It is our goal to make you an educated patient. We know that an educated patient will make better decisions about their surgery and their surgeon.

To learn more about how Lip Augmentation surgeon Lawrence Tong, MD can help you improve the appearance of your lips, set up a Toronto Lip augmentation, Lip Lift, or Lip reduction consultation by giving us a call at (416) 972-0999. No physician’s referral is needed. You can also let us give you a call; just fill out our contact form and we will call you on the same or the next business day.

Lip Lift, Lip Reduction, & Lip Augmentation at a Glance

What the procedure does
Reduces Lip fullness
Lifts a sagging lip due to age, improves fullness
Duration of the result
Length of time to perform the procedure
45 minutes to 1 hour
Type of anesthetic most commonly used
IV sedation, general anesthesia, or local anesthesia
Length of time off of work
2-5 days
Time to get back to exercise
2 weeks heavy exercise
Pitfalls your Plastic Surgeon should avoid
  • Visible scars
  • Too much lift/ too much reduction