Modified Perialar Lip Lift
Do your lips cover up your teeth when you try to smile? As you get older, your lips can start to lose volume and increase in length. This can cause your lips to block the view of your teeth when you are smiling. A modified perialar lip lift can help you restore a beautiful smile to help you feel more confident about your appearance. Younger individuals who desire plump lips but are concerned about the results of lip fillers can also benefit from this cosmetic procedure.
Improved and Modified Lip Lift
When it comes to lip lifts, there are numerous techniques that plastic surgeons employ. A modified perialar lip lift, developed by Dr. Stong, improves upon the subnasal lip lift by taking out tissue around the nostrils in addition to tissue under the nose. This helps provide a better lift to the sides of the lips than modified subnasal lip lift methods. The modified surgical approach helps minimize the appearance of incisions and scarring and creates a greater more complete lift. It also creates a more stable suspension for longer-lasting natural results.
How the Modified Perialar Lip Lift Procedure Works
The perialar lip lift is an outpatient procedure that can be performed using local anesthesia. If the lip lift is combined with other cosmetic procedures, general anesthesia may be required. The plastic surgeon creates a small incision in the lip area during the procedure and removes excess skin. This helps to lift the corners of the mouth and enhance the cupid’s bow. Unlike the subnasal lip lift, the perialar lip lift shortens the width of the skin of the upper lip, delivering more complete lip rejuvenation results than the subnasal lip lift. The perialar lip lift can even soften the appearance of the nasolabial folds. Better facial balance is achieved, and the upper teeth can be seen more readily when a person smiles.
You may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days that can be relieved with cool compresses and pain medications. You may need to apply antibiotic ointment to the sutures while they heal. Recovery can take approximately two weeks. Results are typically seen within two to three months.The procedure results can be permanent, but individuals should expect changes from normal aging over time.
Ideal Candidates for a Modified Perialar Lip Lift
This cosmetic procedure is popular for adults of all ages. You may be an ideal candidate if you have a thin upper lip or feel the space between your nose and lip is too long. A modified perialar lip lift can also be an excellent alternative for individuals with previous bad experiences with lip fillers. If you recently had other facial rejuvenation procedures and your lips seem out of balance, you may want to consider having this procedure.
A modified perialar lip lift is not ideal for individuals with active infections around or in their mouths. Heavy smokers and individuals with lupus, herpes, diabetes or blood clotting diseases may not be eligible for treatment. To be considered as an ideal candidate, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is required. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate you and explain the risks and benefits of the procedure. If you are a good candidate, the surgeon will give you instructions on the next steps to take to prepare for the modified perialar lip lift.
Request a Modified Perialar Lip Lift Consultation
If you are unhappy with your smile, a modified perialar lip lift can be an ideal cosmetic solution to restore your self-confidence. Dr. Benjamin Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in helping individuals achieve their aesthetic goals through a comprehensive range of cosmetic procedures. If you want to improve your smile, Dr. Stong can recommend the treatment options that are best for you. Show off your pearly whites by contacting or calling our office today to schedule your consultation.