Lip Lift in San Diego, CA

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About Lip Lifts

There are many reasons why you could be unhappy with the appearance of your lips. Whether you have naturally thin or asymmetrical lips, an unbalanced lip placement, or corners that point downward to create a frown-like appearance, lip lift surgery at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic can help you achieve the plump, youthful look of your desires. Men and women of all ages often express a range of issues related to their lips, mostly related to their size, shape, and position in relation to the rest of their face. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson employs a number of advanced techniques for San Diego, CA patients who want a more attractive mouth.

Ideal Candidates

Women and men considering a lip lift surgery could have a range of concerns related to the look, shape, and position of their lips, such as:

  • Asymmetrical lips
  • Thin and unshapely lips
  • Lip placement in relation to the nose (too far or too close)
  • Lip corners that point downward, creating a "frown"
  • A low-hanging lip that covers the top row of teeth

During your consultation with Dr. Laverson, you will discuss the concerns you have with your mouth, as well as the goals you'd like to achieve. Patients often bring in pictures of lips they like to provide a clearer idea of their surgical aims. Once your goals have been discussed, a surgical treatment plan will be developed.

Surgical Technique

There are currently a number of techniques to restore or improve the appearance of the lips. The most popular of these are:

  • Corner lift: A corner lift involves raising the corners of the lips to reduce the appearance of a "frown." To address down-turned lips, an incision is made at the corner of the mouth. The corner is then raised to its natural anatomical position. This technique is a popular rejuvenation procedure that can create a more youthful, content appearance.
  • Gull-wing lip lift: This procedure is often employed to improve the appearance of the vermilion, or the lip line that forms the peaks of the Cupid’s bow. For this approach, skin tissue is meticulously removed and the lips are lifted and reshaped to enhance the shape and size of the lip line.
  • Sub-nasal lip lift: For this technique, a small section of skin from underneath the nose is removed, raised to the proper position, and then sutured in place. This sub-nasal lip lift procedure makes the lips appear larger, increasing the volume of vermilion and emphasizing the Cupid’s bow.

What to Expect

Lip lift procedures are delicate in nature but regularly produce gorgeous outcomes that you will notice immediately. Depending on the technique used, you may require either local or general anesthesia. On average, lip lift surgery at our San Diego, CA office takes up to two hours. Along with some minor pain, you should expect to see some bruising and swelling the first two weeks after your procedure. It may take two months for your final outcomes to fully emerge. Once the bruising and swelling have subsided, you should see a noticeable improvement and striking results that last for years to come.


Why not just use a cosmetic injectable?
Cosmetic dermal fillers can be administered to the lips to create a fuller appearance. However, lip injections only address volume; they cannot affect the lip's placement, the corners, or other aesthetic concerns. Additionally, dermal fillers only provide temporary results, whereas your outcomes from a lip lift procedure will last for years to come. If you're interested in the benefits of both fillers and lip lift surgery, Dr. Laverson can discuss the pros and cons of each option.

Will I have a scar?
Because a lip lift requires incisions, you may have a very small scar. However, Dr. Laverson works carefully to place your incisions so that any potential scarring is minimal in appearance or goes unnoticed altogether. With proper post-surgical care, any scar that may result should heal thin, flat, and fade into the skin.

If it doesn't plump my lips, why should I have a lip lift?
Sometimes the true solution to your aesthetic concerns isn't volume, rather, it's placement. A lip lift can improve the position of your lips in relation to the rest of your face. Dr. Laverson can also use this surgery to transform the appearance of the Cupid's bow and create a more pleasing look. If you'd like fuller lips, as well as a more balanced look, ask about dermal fillers during your one-on-one consultation. Sometimes lip fillers are not needed after your surgery.

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Because lip surgeries are precise in nature, they often yield excellent results that last for many years. No need to fear leaving San Diego Cosmetic Clinic with “duck lips” or lips that have obviously been altered. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson performs lip surgery that produces dramatic but natural results to improve the overall harmony of your face. If you're considering a lip lift procedure and believe that the time is finally right, contact San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Laverson.

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