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.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
Lip Lift 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.
Lip Lift 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 with Lip Lift
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.
Lip Lift FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
FULL LIPS, YOUTHFUL SMILES
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.