With age, the upper lip loses height and volume. The ideal upper lip is one half the height of the lower lip. Sometimes fillers are not enough to reverse age-related changes to the upper lip, or more upper teeth show is desired. In this case, permanent upper lip enhancement can be achieved with an upper lip lift. This is performed using an incision under the nose, well hidden in the crease under the nostrils and columella. A precise amount of skin and soft tissue is removed and the upper lip is pulled up. This creates an upper lip that is more pouty and in better proportion with the lower lip. A lip lift can be done under local or general anesthesia.
Swelling lasts 1 to 3 weeks and bruising lasts up to 2 weeks. Patients usually return to work at 1 week after surgery or sooner.