Typically, with age, the space between the base of the nose and the upper lip elongates. Whether we like it or not, this can be a rather glaring sign of aging, and so, many people choose to address the issue with surgery; in fact, between 2019 and 2020, exactly 79,476 Americans opted for a lip lift.
While the facelift is perhaps the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure, it is often paired with other nip-and-tucks that serve to enhance the overall balance of the face. For example, Dr. Andrew Jacono, a top New York facial plastic surgeon, believes that the pièce de résistance of the perfect facelift is an accompanying, well-executed lip lift.
There are, as with any surgical procedure, a number of different lip lifting techniques, and each comes with its own strengths and weaknesses. The most common of these approaches include the Gull-Wing lift, the Bullhorn lift, the Italian lift, the V to Y lift, the SMAS lift, and the Corner lift.
So, to summarize, some of the many benefits of a lip lift include:
- A more youthful refreshed appearance.
- Stunning results when combined with a facelift.
- Increased self-confidence.
Of course, no surgical procedure is perfectly seamless, and patients may experience pain after surgery; the week-long recovery time can also prove troubling to some. However, the vast majority of patients find that the lip lift’s benefits far outweigh its drawbacks.
What Are the Different Lip-Lifting Techniques, and How Do They Work?
The Gull-Wing Lip Lift
The gull-wing lip lift excises an M-shaped section of upper-lip skin, which accentuates the border of the lips. This procedure is the likeliest of all to leave a visible scar and is usually performed on those over the age of 60.
The Bullhorn Lip Lift
The bullhorn lip lift cuts just beneath the nose and removes a small strip of skin. The underlying muscle is then tightened, and the upper lip is raised to a new position. The bullhorn lift’s tactful incision placement leaves behind a hardly noticeable scar.
The Italian Lip Lift
The Italian lip lift is a subtler version of the bullhorn lift that can be more closely tailored to a patient’s specific needs. Incisions are hidden within the nostrils, and two small areas of skin are removed on both the right and left sides of the lip. The wound is then closed, reducing the distance between the upper lip and the nose.
The V-to-Y Lip Lift
The V-to-Y lip lift adds a great deal of volume to thinner lips. A small incision is made within the mucosa (the inner lining of the cheeks and lips) in the shape of a V. The mucosa is then lifted to a more desirable height to make the lips appear much plumper, and the incision is closed in the shape of a Y.
The SMAS Lip Lift
Some surgeons, like Dr. Andrew Jacono, only perform the SMAS lip lift alongside a facelift, because it exploits the Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS), a layer of deep facial muscle that influences facial expression. By manipulating and reshaping the SMAS, Dr. Jacono can not only effectively lift the face, but add much-needed volume to the lips.
The Corner Lip Lift
Some lips are naturally downturned at the corners, which might make a patient look sad or displeased. The corner lift directly addresses this issue by cutting into the corners of the lips and removing small, triangle-shaped areas of skin. Once the wound is closed, the lips will appear slightly more upturned, if not happier.
All of us, in one way or another, are affected by aging. There is, however, no shame in desiring a younger-looking face, even if that means turning to facial plastic surgery. If you are interested in receiving the best lip lift, you must place your beauty in the hands of a master, like Dr. Andrew Jacono, a dual board-certified surgeon who owns a world-renowned practice in the heart of New York City. Call (212)-570-2500 today to schedule a consultation and start on the journey to finding total confidence in front of the mirror.