The lips are one of the most expressive facial features, saying plenty about you without ever uttering a word. A downturn of the corners can indicate unhappiness, while a pucker can convey love or passion. It is no wonder that lip enhancement surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures requested. Dr. John Anastasatos and our team at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery offer lip lift and enhancement surgeries to improve the sensuous beauty of the lips at our clinic in Beverly Hills.
The upper lip has a significant impact on the appearance of the mouth and face. A youthful, well-shaped upper lip is full and may have a distinct “Cupid’s bow” at the top. When the mouth is relaxed, there is no visible downturn at the corners, and when smiling or talking, the upper teeth show.
Adversely, aging can change the appearance of the upper lip and mouth. The vertical space between the nose and upper lip lengthens. The upper lip can appear thinner and cover the upper teeth, even when smiling. The corners of the mouth can downturn, creating an unhappy expression. Lips also lose volume with age, becoming flat, thin and wrinkled.
Lip lifts and surgical enhancement can change the shape of lips to achieve a youthful, attractive mouth. Whether you were born with thin lips or have noticed your lips descend and flatten with age, lip lift surgery and other enhancements can create a shorter top lip, define the shape and add volume.
Lip Enhancement Surgery Options
There are many different types of lip lifts and enhancements that can be achieved through surgery. The general lip lift surgically shortens the upper lip, removing excess skin between the nose and upper lift. The lift reveals more of the pink lip skin, or vermillion, and flips the lip slightly outward for more perceived volume. This can also reveal more of the upper teeth for a more youthful smile and mouth expression.
A lip lift can be completed using a small incision at the base of the nose. This gives access to the upper lip to lift it up a few millimeters to create a fuller, shorter upper lip by removing a small amount of skin and tissue. An upper lip lift can also include surgical alterations to the Cupid’s bow or shape of the outline of the lip. Once the incision heals, the scar is almost invisible as it is hidden under the nose.
If there is a pronounced downturn at the corner of the mouth, a corner lip lift can be performed. This addresses a permanent grimace or frown to achieve a more pleasant relaxed lip position. The corner lip lift can be performed with an upper lip lift or as a separate procedure.
Lip Enhancement and Rejuvenation
A small change to the lips can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of the mouth and face. Shortening the space between the upper lip and nose with a slight flip to reveal a fuller, thicker top lip creates a more youthful, sensuous mouth. To add even more volume, facial fillers or a fat transfer can be used. Fillers can also smooth away small lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
Do you want lips that are full, voluptuous and attractive? An upper lip lift or lip enhancement surgery can give your unique smile a rejuvenated appearance. Dr. Anastasatos can create the lip shape you desire with his surgical and non-surgical lip enhancements. Contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule a lip consultation to discuss the options available to give you full, shapely lips at any age.